Easter Dinner for Four

One of the most tender cuts of meat, rack of lamb makes an impressive entrée for Easter, and it's perfect if you're hosting a small gathering. (Two racks will provide ample chops for a group of four.) Drizzled with a fresh mint sauce, the lamb is exceptionally flavorful. Round out the meal with simple side dishes: slow-simmered white beans plus fresh young asparagus that's roasted to preserve its delicate sweetness. Cream cheese pound cake enlivened with lime makes a festive finish.