A Valentine dinner for friends (Winter-Citrus themed)




I didn’t want Valentine’s day to pass this year without getting a chance to let some of the friends in my life know how special they are—the holiday is really just a good excuse to tell people you love them, romantically or otherwise. So when Camille Styles reached out to ask if I’d like to be featured in her “Entertaining With” series, I took it as the prompting I needed to start planning.

The feature ran on her site yesterday, and I loved seeing how Michelle Drewes captured the preparations for the Winter Citrus-themed dinner. Head over to Camille Styles to read the interview and to find the recipe for the main dish, a one-pot Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken with Olives that my friend Emarie introduced to me.

Above are a few photos from the shoot that Michelle was kind enough to share.  And of course I couldn’t help but snap some more of my own while she was working, below…



Our quince tree was in full bloom, so I brought in some branches for the table.



And the lemons and the kumquats came from the backyard, too. (Remember these potted trees?)



While the chicken braised, we prepped for champagne fizzes with gin, sparkling grapefruit juice, and blood oranges. (And champagne, of course.)


It all made for a very happy (early) Valentine’s dinner. And I’m thankful to Camille for the extra nudge.


It’s been quite a party-filled week! But I’d love to share more if you’re feeling as inspired by all the beautiful citrus in season as I am. Tomorrow, I’ll introduce a special contributor to share one of her favorite recipes, and we can talk dessert on Friday.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the interview!

P.S. A Valentine’s port-and-chocolate tasting party.

[Top three photos courtesy of Michelle Drewes for Camille Styles; others my own]

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