Planning a dinner party? We've paired party themes with recipe
suggestions. Let the fun begin:
Light, chilled vegetarian dishes are easy to prepare ahead of time. Here’s a
First course: Insalata caprice
A simple salad of fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella is the perfect prelude
to a light, flavorful meal. Try Epicurious'
or one of their variations, including a pasta salad and a
version that includes three-herb pesto.
Second course: Chilled soup
Check out About.com’s Busy Cooks’ Cool Summer Cooking feature, which
offers summer cooking tips, a variety of no-bake desserts and an extensive
listing of sources on chilled soups. Try the recipe for classic gazpacho or link to
Conscious Choice’s Cool Summer Soups for Vegetarian
Vichyssoise and Iced Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Dill, among others.
Feeling adventurous? Cook an Ethiopian feast at home. One warning for the
uninitiated: Ethiopian fare is traditionally served without utensils, so get
ready to use your hands.
The African Cookbook by
Beatrice Sandler offers recipes from a number of African countries. The
selection on Ethiopia includes
an explanation of how to serve and present a homemade Ethiopian dinner,
recipes for a full-course meal and a shopping list for eight. Vegetarian recipes are also
available, and this site offers alternative recipes for injera, the
essential Ethiopian flatbread.
Whatever theme you choose, check out the Webtender Online Bartender for creative drink ideas. And no matter what
happens in the kitchen, remember that guests make a party.