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What's for Dinner: Fire Away

Center your meal around an open flame
La Abuela
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Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

You've got eight dinner guests arriving in 20 minutes, you spent all day prepping and cooking, and the last thing you want is for your menu to go up in literal flames. But a bit of fire at the right time can be a good thing. Whether they're burning below the grill grates or bursting up as you flambé, flames impart a deep aroma and flavor. Get out the matches and try this dinner tonight, but make sure you tie your hair back.

① Drink: La Abuela
Disclaimer: The alcohol definitely doesn't burn off here. After the absinthe-soaked sugar cube burns out, you're left with a strong, anise-laced margarita that will have you feeling all warm inside.

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② Main Course: Beer-Can Chicken
You need some sort of vehicle for the creamy mushroom gravy, so go with this fun classic. Cut down on time by shortening the bird's refrigerator rest. But the longer it marinates, the more flavorful it'll be.

③ Side Dish: Chestnut and Mushroom Gravy with Roasted Onions
This gravy tastes just as good on summer's grilled chicken as it does on winter's slow-cooked roast. A generous pour of cognac sets off the light show and deepens the mushroom flavor—but don't worry, the alcohol burns off, keeping this side kid friendly.

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