Cranberry mustard Makes 1 cup
Heat 8oz. (2 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries with ¼ cup honey and ¼ cup water over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until berries start to burst and sauce reduces slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool. Stir in 2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard.
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Fried Green Beans and Shallot Rings
The beans will cook tender-crisp in the same time it takes to brown the coating.
For drinks, go with bottled Coke and an array of autumn beers
Serve your "fries" diner-style in stoneware baskets (anthropologie.com, $28)
Make invites or placecards out of guest checks (find pads at a restaurant supply store or online)