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    From SAVEUR Issue #143 Is there a better way to start a meal than with an abundant antipasti platter, artfully arranged with ruffles of prosciutto, briny olives, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and mushrooms and pepperoncini, chunks of Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, and whatever else catches the preparer's fancy? Antipasto, which means "before the meal," stretches back to medieval times in Italy, when diners used to mingle over finger foods, both sweet and savory, before sitting down to eat; early recipes included everything from sugared nuts to clotted cream to spiced ham. Over the centuries, antipasti became the domain of restaurants, which would set out dozens of stuffed, marinated, roasted, and grilled vegetables, meat, and fish. Keep reading »

    Different levels on the buffet create a beautiful food display Use tulle, or bunched up cloths to add color. Also, use the lanterns and candle globes

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    A Year of Cocktails: Planter's Punch

    Ho Ho Punch. Drunk before the family arrives!!! **************************************** INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle champagne 1 bottle ginger ale, chilled 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries, partially thawed DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large punch bowl, combine champagne, ginger ale and strawberries. Gently stir and serve.

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    Coconut Rum Soaked Pineapple! To snack on by the pool. YUM!!! Why have I not thought of this before?!?!? Is it summer yet?!?!

    Summer Sangria

    Summertime Sangria: 1 Bottle White Zinfandel, 8 ozs of Strawberry Daiquiri Mix, 6 ozs of Peach-Flavored Mixer, 8 ozs of pineapple juice, 16 ozs of pineapple rum. Assorted fresh fruits: strawberries, pineapple, lemons, limes, oranges, or peaches. Mix, refrigerate & serve!

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    Pineapple Sangria // WOW!

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