The best menus are a balance between texture, temperature, color, and flavors. When you are planning a dinner party or just thinking about what to have for supper, always consider those four factors.
For instance, if you are serving a hot chicken casserole that is made with cheese and sautéed vegetables, pair it with a cool crisp green salad tossed with crunchy croutons and bright cherry tomatoes. A sizzling steak should be served with a cool fruit salad and some crisp oven fries. A steaming soup is delicious paired with crisp breadsticks and savory muffins.
These menus are meant to be suggestions, not rules. Have fun pairing different foods and don’t be afraid to experiment!
In the summer, this is a menu I serve often. A sweet and spicy chicken salad is accompanied by toasted bread sticks and a delicious brownie.
This collection of Thanksgiving dinner menus feature my family’s traditional menu, a menu that is focused on turkey with cranberry wild rice stuffing, and an elegant menu with air fryer smashed potatoes.
Christmas morning is full of excitement, so it’s nice to serve foods that are easy to make and eat. This egg casserole pairs perfectly with little cinnamon rolls.
Ham is traditional for Christmas. This wonderful menu features crispy roasted potatoes and Parmesan green beans, along with Christmas cookies for dessert, of course.
For your Christmas Eve dinner, think about serving this menu that features a rich and creamy cheese fondue and a sweet fruit salad.
For the first holiday of spring, Easter dinner should be celebrated with a ham and some wonderful side dishes like asparagus and creamy scalloped potatoes. A lemon angel food cake is the perfect finishing touch.