Saffron, cinnamon, pomegranate and phyllo lend an exotic edge to a laid-back menu.
This dinner party menu is a perfect example of easy entertaining. It boasts a couple of little tricks (soaking raw onions to mellow their flavor, salting lemon zest for a savory garnish), and some interesting ingredients (hearts of palm, pomegranate seeds, and butternut squash) to spice up the dinner. More important, the meal is easy to plan. Not only can you prepare the chicken braise a day ahead, but the dish actually tastes even better a day later. The menu doesn’t follow the cuisine of one country, but offers a few Mediterranean twists just interesting enough to impress your guests without overwhelming them