The shallots I started a couple of hours ahead of time. They take about 15-20 minutes to get a good brown caramelization on them and they fill the entire house with a wonderful smell. Once everything else was done, I just reheated the green beans and shallots until nice and hot.
It was a wonderful dinner with good friends and conversation. We finished off the night with some chocolate almond cake (with a raspberry glaze). I love cooking for friends, especially friends who appreciate a good meal. I was even asked to give cooking lessons!!