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Antipasti

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.

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Artichokes with Basil & Mint

Artichokes with Basil & Mint

The artichoke needs little more than a steam and some lemon, but herbs and white wine is more exciting for company.

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Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Use these tomatoes on sandwiches, in frittatas, salads or, our favorite, served simply with fresh mozzarella, evoo, salt & pepper.

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Grilled Zucchini with Mint & Red Chili

Grilled Zucchini with Mint & Chili

It’s best to let the flavor of the zucchini develop slowly on a not-too-hot grill, lending a wonderful, almost fried flavor.

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Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad

Lentil & Sweet Potato Salad

This savory, satisfying salad offers an earthy balance to the start of any meal. It’s also great served as a side dish or light lunch.

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

It doesn’t get better than this – the so simple and so perfect taste of freshly grilled bread with great olive oil. Serve with everything.

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