A sumptuous Italian buffet sets the tone for a fall reception in the country. The table is decorated with olive branches accented with bread bows. Pillar candles in canning jars hang from the branches above.
Spicy flavors elevate familiar bar snacks, making them worthy of the cocktail hour at a wedding. Almonds, cashews, sesame sticks, and wasabi peas are tossed with ginger, red pepper, and soy sauce for a Spicy Asian Brittle.
Popcorn tastes sophisticated when flavored with a Southwestern blend of spices.
The flavors of blue cheese and wild mushrooms mingle in Crisp Golden Crackers.
Farfalle becomes crunchy finger food when it is fried and tossed with Parmesan cheese and snipped chives.