Late summer/early fall is a wonderful time for a dinner party at home. The searing summer heat gives way to beautiful crisp evenings that are perfect to share with friends. But there’s another great reason to organize a dinner party this time of year- itharvest time for the growers, and crabs are also at their peak plumpness. So take advantage of these elements and gather some friends for dinner and try these easy-to-make recipes.

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Macadamia Nuts

Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce and Chives

Chargrilled Spatchcock of Young Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables

Apple Tatin

Andrew Evans is chef and owner of The Inn at Easton.

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