Following a week of drenching New England rains, this past Saturday arrived with cloudy skies that miraculously changed to sun-filled ones by the afternoon. The good weather was just in time for a celebration my husband and I were hosting to honor six of his students who were graduating from Amherst College.
Each of these young people—four girls and two boys—was receiving their degree with honors so we had plenty of champagne chilled for toasting and a table laden with platters of appetizers for nibbling. I chose some of my all-time favorites for this fete, all of which could be conveniently prepared in advance. Our menu included:
Mushroom Pâté with Garlic Toasts
Melon Slices Marinated in Pernod and Mint
Savory Mexican Cheesecake with Tomato Salsa and Chips
Smoked Salmon with Lemon Crème Fraîche
Asparagus Topped with Chorizo, Hard Boiled Eggs, and Scallions
Creamy Orzo Flans