tips + how-tos
ROCCO'S PARTY RULES
Unless it's a coronation, the party should feel casual. "Wording, stationery -- everything sends a message. Even Evites are feeling formal now! You don't want to intimidate your guests. Text, e-mail or call. The most maintenance-free way for your guests to get there creates the right atmosphere."
Do whatever makes you a better host. "I buy peeled shallots, garlic and onions -- I take shortcuts. Having parties more often and giving yourself a break is more fun than having them less often and making everything from scratch."
Seared Tuna Steak with Broccoli Rabe: Blanch and drain broccoli rabe; prepare dressing
Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple-Cilantro Dip: Toast coconut; chop coconut, add to breadcrumbs, then season with salt and pepper; prepare dipping sauce
Cauliflower, Sweet Onion and Leek Quiche: Bake pie shell (first plain, then with cheese, as directed); cook onions, leeks and cauliflower
Steak au Poivre Toasts: Toast bread