The invitation to dinner at home extends the warm hand of friendship, an offer to share our haven and our private table. Here, people whose company we enjoy can relax in convivial surroundings, taking in the pleasures of home-cooked food and good conversation. COOKING TO IMPRESS WITHOUT STRESS brings the dinner occasion into practical focus. Both inspiration and workbook, it unravels the event into a series of easy-to-manage components, designed so that both cook and guests can relax, enjoy some delicious food, and have a good time. Use fresh ingredients and streamlined techniques to create delightful, appetizing dinners for friends and family. Impress your guests with dishes that are as easy to prepare as they are delicious--savory Salad of Roasted Pumpkin, Beets, and Almonds; Pasta with Mint and Parsley Pesto; and Strawberry Souffle.