This week I bring you five recipes for a stress-free luncheon or dinner party. Four of these beautiful antipasti can be served at room temperature, which almost eliminates the stress of cooking for friends (or at least it does for me). You can serve this with a lovely cold white wine for an entirely vegetarian feast, or you can grill some tuna or steak if you want to make it a more substantial meal. Your grill will already be fired up to make bruschetta, my favorite food in the world.
The artichoke needs little more than a steam and some lemon, but herbs and white wine is more exciting for company.
It’s best to let the flavor of the zucchini develop slowly on a not-too-hot grill, lending a wonderful, almost fried flavor.