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October 29, 2010: Antipasto

October 29, 2010

My next door neighbor Scott had a birthday today, so as a present I asked him to suggest something that I could cook for him and his guests. He said the party’s concentration was on beverages but that he liked Italian food. That narrowed it down to “antipasto” which is Italian for the snacks one has “before the meal”. There are a plethora of these, but I settled on (from left to right) Left: small balls of mozzarella surrounded by a fresh basil leaf, dribbled with olive oil; Center: bruschetta (bread brushed with olive oil and spices, then toasted) with tomato, cannelli bean, garlic, olive oil, spices and topped with a dab of ricotta; Right: Balls of cantaloupe covered with prosciutto (thin Italian ham).

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