Cooking and Baking

Dinner Party: 2-part question

I'm hosting a dinner party Thursday night for a few girlfriends. As much as I cook, its typically for my boyfriend and his roommates (a slightly less picky crowd, you could say). I was thinking smittenkitchen's ribboned asparagus salad (with lemon juice, pine nuts, and parm), artichoke gratinata, and a pasta dish (less $$ than fish or chicken) with sun dried tomatoes, pesto, and feta. Lemon bars for dessert. I'd like to keep it summery and light, but maybe its too veggie/cheese based? Open to suggestions!

Also, whenever I make lemon bars, the curd becomes too gelatinous, no matter what I do! maybe ill just buy a jar, unless anyone has a fool proof recipe they'd like to share :)

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