Now that Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw has stocked her First Kitchen, she's ready to throw parties in it: no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.
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You never need an excuse to throw a taco and margarita night.
Celebrate that it's summer. Celebrate it's a Monday. Celebrate you were able to convince people to come over, even though it's hot and their to-do lists are as long as your air conditioning bill. Celebrate that you have a tableful of guacamole and tacos and chocolate-chili ice cream sandwiches, and pitchers of margaritas to drink along with it all (because margaritas, as you know, pair with everything).
When you get home from work: Make the onion-chile-salt-cilantro paste for your guacamole, and store it in the fridge.
A half hour before your guests arrive: Cook the filling for your tacos, and leave it, covered, on the stove.
When your pork's cooked and there's still a few minutes on the clock before the party starts: Mix up a batch of margaritas. Pour yourself one.
When your guests arrive: Chop up your avocados, folding most of it into your paste for the guacamole. Juice some lemon or lime on top of the rest, and save it to garnish your tacos. Set out the guacamole and chips, and serve your first round of margaritas.
Right before dinner time: Heat your taco filling, gently. Warm up your tortillas.
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).