The best saffron comes from Spain. Though expensive, it's what gives paella its distinctive flavor. This recipe can easily be halved for a family meal or smaller party, but don't change the cooking times.
Garlic bread, Spanish-style: Rub baguette slices with garlic cloves, brush with extra-virgin olive oil, and grill to a crisp, then rub with cut plum tomatoes -- that's the traditional version of these Catalan toasts. Here, they're given the special-occasion treatment with oven-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, and other toppings, all inspired by the flavors of the region.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).
If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious cocktail, try white sangria. White sangria is a cool summer punch that can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. It's the perfect drink to help you chill at your next barbecue or summer party.
Mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of finely chopped bread, goat cheese, scallions, and pepper. Once the mushrooms are filled, they are baked until warm, then broiled to brown the grated cheese on top.