Non-manic Mondays

Hot fudge sauce recipeLately, we've been throwing small dinner parties on Monday nights, and it's become a favorite day to entertain. For one thing, it makes scheduling a snap. Finding a Friday night when three or four friends are all available? Forget it. But on Mondays, everyone seems to be free.

An even bigger plus to Mondays? The built-in low-key vibe means we feel free to make a low-fuss meal:

1. Elaborate hors d'oeuvres are for weekends. On Mondays, cocktail food is anything we can pour directly from the bag into the bowl: gourmet potato chips, salted nuts, wasabi peas.

2. A perfect Monday-night main dish is one that can be made ahead on Sunday and simply heated up or stirred together. (Two we've served recently: creamy pasta primavera and chicken chili with cumin—stay tuned for recipes in future newsletters.) That way, it's no big deal if we arrive home from work at 6:30 and guests are due at 7.

3. Dessert should take five minutes or less. Ours takes two. And guests devour it in about half that. Try it and see:

Almost-Instant Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients for hot fudge sauce
¼ cup cocoa
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water

Make your own hot fudge sauce
Combine cocoa and sugar in a small saucepan. (We do this on Sunday and just leave the saucepan on the stove or counter.) Add butter, vanilla and water. Bring to a boil while stirring; boil 30 seconds. Spoon over your favorite flavor of ice cream (store-bought, obviously!).

Lauren and Anne
The Purcell Sisters

The Purcell Sisters