Chef Express: Classic Dining
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Our multiple tasks, proper of our busy lifestyles, frequently make it impossible for us to receive guests as often as we would like to. Nevertheless, when we do, our effort is always rewarded.Food is an essential item in any gathering, as it offers the frame to chat with our beloved in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To share a good table with family or friends is a special moment that deserves to be flavored without having to spend all day in the kitchen. In our grandmother’s time, cooking for entertaining was a synonym of preparing the classic recipes we cherish, and even feel nostalgic for nowadays, but that –we should admit– not only demanded great effort from the cooks, but also from the guests, as they were excessively substantial and abundant. Nowadays, none of the two parties possesses those long hours to spend next to the fireplace or sitting around the table. The activities have changed, as well as the tastes, the nutritional concepts, the availability of ingredients, the home equipment. Everything is different (lucky us!), except for the eagerness to get together. During the last decades, the possibility of getting round the corner the necessary ingredients for an ethnic dinner does not surprise us anymore. We can cook “Italian Favorites”, “Curry Party” or “Oriental Influence” at home with just a short previous walk to the store. Likewise, we have become conscious about the fundamental relation existing between nutrition and health. To look after this aspect we present “Healthy Menu”, “Stylish Veggie” and “Summer Plates”. And, to ratify that the family gatherings, the seduction of couples and the desire of offering the very best even though the budget becomes tight are things that will never change, we have designed the chapters “Family Table”, “Candlelight Delights” and “More Dash Than Cash”. Yes, this book’s recipes, matched by
menus with starters, main dishes and desserts, will serve as an inspiration to elaborate the most diverse delights. Just keep in mind that, to serve exquisite dishes and enjoy them while you also enjoy the company of your guests, it is important to plan the dinner with quite some time and to choose the menus that better suits the occasion.

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Introduction ..............................................3
Italian Favorites
Antipasto Platter........................................6
Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes .....................8
Veal with Lemon Basil Sauce .....................10
Nougat Tartufo...........................................12
Curry Party
Spicy Lamb Sticks ....................................14
Tandoori Chicken .......................................16
Lemon and Pistachio Pancakes ..................18
Candlelight Delights
Smoked Salmon Soufflés............................20
Fillet of Beef with Salsa Verde ...................22
Berry Mousses ...........................................24
Healthy Menu
Smoked Salmon with Asparagus..................26
Tarragon Chicken with Tomato Salad ..........28
Angels’ Brownies with Fruit ........................30
Family Table
Spicy Pumpkin Soup .................................32
Apple and Sage Pork Roast ........................34
Sticky Banana Pudding .............................36
Stylish Veggie
Eggplant Soup ...........................................38
Wild Mushroom Pizza .................................40
Coconut Raspberry Cake .............................42
Summer Plates
Prawns with Pesto Dip................................44
Drunken Sirloin Steaks ..............................46
Peach Cheesecake .....................................48
Oriental Influence
Prawn and Wonton Soup ...........................50
Sesame Beef with Snow Peas ....................52
Melon with Ginger Syrup ...........................54
More Dash than Cash
Mini Bruschetta .........................................56
Sweet Potato and Leek Soup ......................58
Vineyard Chicken .......................................60
Pear Tarts with Maple Cream ....................62
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