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Jorj Morgan is the Director of Lifestyle Content for Her expertise in the culinary field incorporates 25 years of entertaining as well as owning a successful catering company. She is in the process of publishing her first cookbook, "At Home In The Kitchen" due in Spring 2001.

Easy Appetizers

Q: I need to take an appetizer to my boss's home for an office get together. I'm the only woman in our department and I know that the other women attending, all stay at home wives of my colleagues, will prepare something appealing to the eyes as well as the palate.

A: If you want to impress you can overnight a two-ounce tin of Beluga caviar from Dean and Delucca for about $125. However, your boss may think he's paying you too much!! I suggest you go with a simple, yet eye-appealing dish that will show that you have great taste as well as sensibility.

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Roasted Eggplant Dip
Often considered "the poor man's caviar" because of its chunky appearance, this dish is easily made the night before and can be served from a crystal bowl as well as a ceramic crock.

Simply Chutney
An often forgotten condiment, good chutney can be purchased in your neighborhood grocery store. Serve it over a soft cheese, like Brie or a spreadable cheddar. Surround the platter with crackers and slices of apple.

Chilled Seafood
Budget permitting, purchase already prepared seafood such as shrimp or stone crabs. Arrange on a beautiful platter or shallow bowl filled with crushed ice. Add your signature dipping sauce and a few twists of lemon and lime for garnish.

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