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Mediterranean Winter Buffet

January 20, 2012

Immerse yourself in a culinary trip to the sun-drenched world of the Mediterranean! Colorful and bold ingredients will dazzle your eyes and tantalize taste buds. Take your time to savor this meal, just as people along the Mediterranean would!

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Mediterranean Food Flair

  • Skip the appetizers. Splurge on several cheeses from the Mediterranean to set the tone of your event. Consult a gourmet cheese shop or a large supermarket with a good cheese selection. Add clusters of grapes to cheese tray and slice a baguette of crusty bread to serve with the cheese.

  • Get advice on wines for dinner from your wine merchant or give the task to a knowledgeable dinner guest. Reasonably priced sparkling Prosecco is how many in the region start an evening. Full bodied red wines that won't set back your budget are perfect for this menu.

  • Make your own Marvelous Chocolate Truffles, Luscious Chocolate Truffles or visit a high-quality chocolate store to adorn the Chocolate Truffles Topiary. Use the topiary for decorating the buffet as well as for its indulgent treats. Make numerous topiaries of several heights for decorating the buffet table.

  • Place a truffle or two in a plastic bag and tie with ribbon for a take-home sweet.

  • Make espresso or strong coffee, and pass warm cream or whipped cream. Offer spiced sugar as another accoutrement.

Brush Aside Winter Woes with These Activities

  • View films—whether classic or new—set in this part of the world. Online film sites will lead you to good ones.

  • Discuss a popular mystery or work of fiction with a Mediterranean setting. Your local bookstore will have ideas.

  • Share photos and stories of Mediterranean travel, or plan a group Mediterranean trip.

  • Play French, Italian or Greek music. Borrow from a library if you don't have any.

Menu

No need to travel all the way to Provence. This authentic onion tart will transport your taste buds all the way to the Mediterranean.
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Looking for a killer app? Try roasted veggies with a Mediterranean touch of olives and feta.
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Taste a bit of Greece with this classic marinated combo of peppers, olives and cheese.
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Celebrate the C’s (cumin, coriander and cinnamon) and the captivating flavor they create in this Chex® snack with the sweetness of fruit and honey.
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Garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives pack lots of flavor into this Mediterranean dish.
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Taking a cue from Mediterranean cuisine, this colorful meat loaf boasts the flavors of toasted nuts, fresh basil and garlic.
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Flecked with pretty green chives, these potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.
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Tone down the cabbage flavor of Brussels sprouts by tossing with honey-lemon butter.
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A homemade lemon vinaigrette transforms canned and frozen veggies into upscale luncheon fare!
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If you’re craving a unique salad with tons of flavor, this is the one for you! Prosciutto adds a salty, savory depth while gorgonzola and pepperoncini make for a perfect pair.
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Need a little something special to serve at the end of a fine dinner? A little espresso and a little fudge bake themselves into sweet little packages.
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With three luscious layers, this tasty tart is an eye-catching addition to the dinner table.
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Individual desserts blend the irresistible flavors of chocolate and coffee. Impressive!
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Love classic Baklava? Here’s an easy way to get the same Greek signature flavors using cookie mix and crushed fillo shells.
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Did your mother ever say, “Look with your eyes, not your fingers”? It’s next to impossible with this chocolate lover’s centerpiece!
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