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Keep starters simple. Choose a selection of marinated vegetables, olives, seasonal fruit, and high-quality meats and cheeses, and arrange them artfully on a serving platter.
1/2 lb. assorted deli meats (Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, bresaola)
1/2 lb. assorted cheeses
8 oz. jarred roasted red and yellow peppers
1/2 lb. red and yellow cherry or pear
1 baguette or assorted rustic breads, sliced
8 oz. mixed olives
4 oz. Marcona almonds or other roasted nuts
1. Arrange meats, cheeses, peppers, tomatoes and bread on a serving platter.
2. Place almonds and olives in small bowls and serve alongside platter. Serve immediately.