Now's the time of year when your friends are looking for any excuse to be outside and enjoy good food, cold beer, and a warm breeze. People are inventing reasons to get together -- one friend is hosting the "One Year Anniversary of My Housewarming Party" party -- and you're always expected to bring a dish.
But when you're busy working all day, you need food you can make the night before and grab from the fridge as soon as you get home from work. It has to be sturdy enough to withstand refrigerator time, and stable enough to survive your drive, taxi ride, subway, walk, or skateboard journey to the venue.
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In these situations, we turn to vegetarian dishes. They'll stay good at room temperature, they can be eaten by the majority of party-goers, and, if the other guests fawn over fried chicken and barbecue ribs instead, they'll be leftovers for you all week.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).