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Cat Cora's Dinner Party Recipes

Michael Kraus

Who says you can't entertain with kids? Not Iron Chef Cat Cora, mom of four boys and pro party host.

Pomegranate Spritzers

SERVES 4 In a pitcher, combine 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 cup pineapple juice, 2 cups sparkling water, and 2 tsp lime juice with 1 cup of ice. Divide among 4 chilled glasses rimmed with sugar; garnish with a lime wedge.
ADULT VERSION Add 4 oz each of vodka and ouzo (an anise-flavored liqueur). Serve in chilled martini glasses rimmed with sugar.

Tomato-Mozzarella Skewers

SERVES 4 Using eight 10-inch wooden skewers, alternate threading 3 fresh bocconcini (bite-size mozzarella balls), 3 cherry tomatoes, and 3 fresh basil leaves. Snip off the pointy skewer tip before serving.
ADULT VERSION Serve the skewers with a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette. In a bowl, whisk together ½ cup Bloody Mary mix, 2 Tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, and 3 Tbsp diced celery hearts.

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