Host a cocktail party with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from far-off lands, and experience getaway-induced euphoria without actually getting away. With just a little effort, you can share this happy escape with friends and turn your living room into Tokyo, Paris, or Rome.
Golden croutons made from olive bread boost the presence of the Kalamata olives, both of which are fried in this rendition of the salad. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion -- tumbled over slices of feta -- are all here. Dill adds a bright spring grassiness.
After they simmer with shallots, garlic, black pepper, red-pepper flakes, fresh thyme, and parsley, baby artichokes are paired with tender, blanched fava beans. Frozen lima beans may be substituted for fava beans. If you choose to do so, start with the second step.