Today: For dessert, Jody gets back to basics with the essential, crowd-pleasing sweets.
There are desserts that punctuate a dinner with applause or a burst of song, and then there are desserts that quietly carry on the conversation into evening and often another glass of wine.
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Here are five easy ways to keep your guest lingering at the table, and you in your seat:
1. Do not underestimate a plate of seasonal whole fresh fruit, like persimmons or green figs. Serve with a plate, napkin, and a knife and fork so the guest can peel and cut their fruit. Cherries and grapes on ice are my favorites. Bring kitchen shears to the table to trim free grape stems.