Whether you are looking for an elegant first course for a dinner party or a quick idea to liven up any meal, this selection of delicious yet simple recipes will provide all the inspiration you need. Small Bites make an informal shared appetizer to serve with drinks. Try Pea and Prosciutto Crostini: Grilled Lamb Skewers with Garlic and Saffron Custard for diping; or Vermouth Scallops with Green Olive Tapenada. Soups are the classic way to begin a meal. Choose from a chilled Gazpacho with Smoked Salted Courtons; Pea and Smoked Ham Soup with Mint; or an elegant Crab Bisque. Salads are light and refreshing--try Apple, Beet, and Fennel Salad with Roqueford; classic Caesar Salad; or Heirloom Tomatoes with Burato Cheese and Fresh Basil. Meat & Poultry options include Chicken Liver Pate with Blueberry and Balsamic Glaze; Carpaccio of Beef with Salsa Verde on Bruschetta; and Pork, Fennel, and SpinachTerrine with Drunken Figs. Lighter Fish & Seafood ideas include Salt-crusted Citrus Shrimp with Chile Dipping Sauce; Smoked Mackerel and Preserved Lemon Pate; and Pickled Salmon with Fennel and Cucumber. Vegetarian options include a delicious Smoked Mushroom Pate, individual Cheese and Basil Souffles; and Fresh Asparagus with Homemade Hollandaise Sauce.