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14 Ingredients for a Mediterranean Dinner Party

by Becky Cheang

Photos (from top left): (photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma); Riad el Fenn in Marrakech (photo by Stephanie March); (photo courtesy of JCPenny); (photo courtesy of Layla Grace)

Every Wednesday in we find the best travel products to match our featured destination of the week. This week, we're cruising around the Mediterranean.

A good friend came back from a recent trip to Marrakech high on the souks, the teas, the aromas. I invited her over for brunch, and she brought a gorgeous Moroccan teapot as a present. Ever since, I've been planning my dream Mediterranean dinner party. Here's how I'll do it.

Just one of so many pillows. Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

SET THE TABLE

First, I'll set out a ($66) with grapefruit, black currant, pomegranate, and Italian blood orange scents so guests can smell the Mediterranean the minute they arrive.

I like blue, a lot. (The color of the sea!) There will be pillows, ($58-88). I also love this ($30) for its classic Greek key pattern. Lemons and figs make for pretty centerpieces.

Tasty, meaty snacks. Photo by James Ransom / Courtesy of Food52.

MEZE

There are so many amazing Mediterranean appetizers, I could skip the main course. Cheeses, for sure. Maybe a traditional Greek sheep's milk cheese like  ($10). With a dollop of spicy Italian goodness like  ($25). Olives, grapes, salted nuts, dried figs, and dates will round out the cheese plate.

Now for cured meats from Spain:  ($15) and a ($24).

For booze, I'll serve sangria or ouzo-lemon spritzers in a ($45). 

Impressive tagines. Photo courtesy of Hayneedle.

MAIN COURSE

I will start early and draw inspiration from great Mediterranean cookbooks like  by Sam and Sam Clark ($21) and  by Paula Wolfert ($29).

I'll definitely invest in a ($200) for a simple lamb or chicken tagine. (Here's a nice .) And I'll slather ($13) on a delicious.

Sweet, sweet torrone. Photo courtesy of Nudo Italia.

DESSERT

($8) is a classic Sicilian treat. (.) And although I love Turkish baklava, I'm terrified about making it. One day. Till then, ($40) will do.


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