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A Martha Stewart alum throws a dinner party!

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After working for Martha Stewart Living Radio for two years I felt so inspired by my surroundings that I decided to go to culinary school. I wanted to share some pictures from my final school project. The assignment was to design a four-course menu for a dinner party. I
tried to take my cues from Martha by choosing springtime as my theme
and a menu of simple, delicious, and seasonal food.Thanks to Betsy and Kim and the "Morning Living" listeners who have helped me every step of the way. Below are the final results.

I liked the way the hydrangea and the green table cloth enhanced my spring theme. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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The simple yet colorful table setting. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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This was my first course. A trio of bruschetta from left to right: a fava bean and avocado puree, tomato rubbed bread and Serrano ham, and lastly homemade ricotta with lemon zest and sea salt. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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I wanted to continue to play with the fava bean theme so I composed a “garden party” salad using some fresh ingredients from the farmers market. I love the color the radishes lend to the dish. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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The crown roasts of lamb look so festive! Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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For the entrée, I paired the lamb with an olive tapenade sauce, couscous and green and purple grilled asparagus. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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This is a more rustic take on the strawberry galette from the May 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living. The pairing with fried basil was amazing. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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Here is the strawberry galette on plates. My favorite part of the meal was Martha’s basil infused whipped cream, also from the same issue of Martha Stewart Living. Photo credit: Ben Duchac

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Comments (8)

  • wow! amaaaazing!! I wish I was there! I want to try that strawberry galette!

  • Whoa! Lisa this looks beyond amazing! Everything looks gorgeous. I wish I could taste all the dishes!

  • Wowza look at that view!

  • Lisa... you are truly talented. Fried Basil and strawberries. What colours!!!!

  • So jealous I wasn't invited.

  • what a final exam! Great job Lisa!

  • this looks amazing! really fantastic looking meal, great presentation!

  • the presentation is magnificant...i especially loved the strawberry dessert..i wish i could cook like that..

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