Of course this article caught my attention... See what you think of Amanda's suggested dinner party menu..A cheat's dinner party (+recipes) - 27 Aug 2008 - Viva magazine - NZ Herald
"From the moment you turn on the oven until dessert is served, 60 minutes is all you need. It's all about choosing ingredients wisely. One course can take the entire hour to cook but that allows a shorter time for the other two. By having a slow-cooked and quite rich dessert, the two preceding courses can be lighter."
The Hostess with the Mostess