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Laid-back Sunday Dinner

Cider vinegar spiked with crushed red pepper delievers a bold and spicy kick to <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lexington-style-grilled-chicken-10000001038769/" target="_blank">Lexington-Style Grilled Chicken</a>. For a pretty presentation, serve - Tina Cornett / styling Buffy Hargett / food styling James Schend
Cider vinegar spiked with crushed red pepper delievers a bold and spicy kick to Lexington-Style Grilled Chicken. For a pretty presentation, serve Tina Cornett / styling Buffy Hargett / food styling James Schend

Make-ahead dishes and easy recipes give you time to relax with family and friends.

Dinner Menu
Serves 8 to 10

Warmer weather ushers in a season of carefree celebrations, so dust off those patio chairs and set the table for some backyard fun. Our easy-to-fix menu brings together familiar ingredients in fresh new ways, from a sweet-and-tangy twist on traditional poppy seed dressing to a sophisticated version of lemon icebox pie.

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All of the recipes have components that can be prepared ahead on Saturday, reducing the chaos that comes from trying to get everything ready at the last minute. Once home from church, place the chicken on the grill and put the pasta in the oven. Pencil-thin spears of asparagus roast in 10 minutes, tops, and can scoot in the oven when the pasta comes out. Put the finishing touches on the tart, toss the salad, and pour the tea. It's Sunday, and the living is easy.

Ready and Waiting
Planning ahead will leave you plenty of time to relax before guests arrive. Just follow these timely tips.

This article is from the March 2005 issue of Southern Living.

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