Appetizers, starters, hor d'oeuvres, small plates...there are a number of different ways to describe what is either an introduction to the main meal or little bites more meant for nibbling alongside drinks. They can sometimes be the star of the meal!
Some different kinds and favorites you might like to try include:
Perfect for cold days, soups make a fantastic start to a meal (as well as light lunch). Our favorites include avgolemono soup (a Greek lemon chicken and rice or orzo soup) and German pancake soup (because pancakes in soup!).
At the other end of the spectrum are salads, that don't have to be a plain old pile of greens. Try favorites as diverse as prosciutto salad with peach and mozzarella, asparagus salad with pancetta and pea shoots, and my winter take on fattoush salad.
Plus try one of the many other ideas below.