Did you throw dinner parties in 2014? Did people gather around your table and pass plates and laugh and ask for seconds and linger over final bites of cake and sips of wine? Did you spend your Saturday afternoons baking, or rolling pasta dough, or braising things, then welcome friends with an apron around your waist and a cocktail in your hand?
If you did: Congratulations; here's a retrospective for you. If you didn't: There's always 2015. Resolve to entertain more in the new year -- and get started with our most popular dinner party-friendly recipes from 2014. As with any good party, there's a whole lot of cake.