Cooking and sharing meals with friends and family is scientifically proven to increase happiness – and in the darker, colder winter months, this can be extra important! Having people over and feeding them a delicious dinner can feel difficult, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of Natasha Feldman, author of “The Dinner Party Project,” which was named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2023 by the Los Angeles Times.  

In her book and on her website, Nosh with Tash, she shares easy tips and tricks to throwing dinner parties with less stress and hassle – and making them more enjoyable for you and your guests.

Looking for the prefect cozy winter dinner party menu? Natasha has taken the guesswork out of planning with these easy make-ahead dishes. Check out the recipes below!

Overhead view of beef tagine served over couscous and topped with pomegranate arils and fresh herbs. Plated on pale yellow plate with serving spoon.

Moroccan-Style Braised Beef Tagine with Prunes

This braised beef tagine is cooked low and slow with onions, garlic, California Prunes and spices. Serve with couscous (or quinoa) and a few easy sides for a “set it and forget it” dinner party meal that will wow guests. Prunes offer an incredible depth of flavor to this dish as they break down during the cooking process to form the base of the aromatic sauce, yum!

Overhead view of chocolate bundt cake topped with toasted walnuts and drizzled with chocolate

Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Cake

This super chocolatey, decadent and fudgy chocolate walnut cake is gluten-free and easy to make. The secret ingredient is California Prunes, which adds an extra honey/caramel-like layer of sweetness and helps give this cake a fudgy texture while staying super moist – even days after baking!

About Natasha Feldman

Natasha Feldman is a culinary-school dropout, chef and the creator of Nosh with Tash – a YouTube series turned TV show that teaches viewers to cook in a fun, nonfussy and approachable way. Natasha hosts cooking shows for outlets such as Food Network, MGM and Huffington Post; contributes to national news programs and magazines; and teaches private classes for aspiring cooks and corporate clients. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and fluffy dog, Malone.