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Tapas: The Dinner Party

Dinner parties! Remember those? They will return, and I hope with a vengeance as we all seek ways to reconnect after a long isolation. This is the third and final column about fantastic and healthy small plates, known as Spanish tapas, that are about communal eating and celebration.

In January, my culinary chops were put to the test when I was asked to cook a tapas meal for six. Challenge accepted! After much research, I chose a few small plates I had cooked before, but most were new to me and made for the first time that day. No pressure. The meal took five hours to cook, and three hours to serve and clean up. Here are the courses, or waves, that I brought out. So imagine, in order for all to be hot, chilled, and fresh, the orchestration took immense planning and visualization. Not to mention I was cooking in this kitchen for the first time…

Red sangria with Charcuterie Boards: salami, Spanish cheeses, crostini,  roasted blanched almonds, crostini, hummus, whipped feta

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