The best kept secret for dinner parties

What would we do if we were hosting a dinner party and were too busy to plan it? We’d ring up Chesapeake Bay. “Guests will start with the crab cakes,” we might decide. “Oprah thinks they’re spectacular. And maybe the maple-bourbon beef ribs?” Suddenly, the whole party comes together. The gourmet dishes from Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes and More are great enough to be any home cook’s best-kept secret. Perfect Crab Cakes™ are just that: large chunks of tender lump crab meat, gently molded into scone-sized rounds. Dress with remoulade (hint: not too much, this flavor’s too good to mask) for a summery first course. Maple-bourbon beef ribs can be finished in the oven or on the grill. They’re big and meaty, dressed with a sweet sauce that pairs perfectly with a juicy red wine. Serve with grilled asparagus or scalloped potatoes (Chesapeake can send you those, too) and the party is planned. Even by Martha’s standards.

The Perfect Ending

What’s for dessert, you ask? Chesapeake Bay has plenty of offerings—we have our eye on the pear raspberry tart. But if you feel like baking, we like this recipe for bourbon pecan chews, from the queen of entertaining herself.