Best dinner party menus

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California-French late-summer soirée

L.A. chef Suzanne Goin has several restaurants but still loves to make food at home. Her genius party menu will help you celebrate the season—wherever you are

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This French sauce is similar to Italian pesto, but since it has no cheese or nuts, the bright, spicy flavor of the herbs really bursts through. Although using a mortar is traditional, you can also make it in a food processor (whirl all ingredients until almost smooth).

Using a mortar and pestle, pound 1/2 small clove chopped garlic with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. Pack a 1/2-cup measuring cup tightly with fresh basil leaves, then add half of it to mortar and pound to a coarse paste. Add remaining basil with 1 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley and pound in. Stir in 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil and season to taste with pepper and more salt.


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