The hor d'oeuvre is probably my favorite course to design and prepare (as well as eat!). There are endless ways to be creative with these one-bite sensations in terms of color, presentation, flavor profiles and plating. Even the simplest hors d'oeuvres can really vamp up your cocktail hour or even a laid-back get-together. The key is to use quality ingredients and to keep things simple. One of the most important aspects of a good hors d'oeuvre is that it be easy to eat with a cocktail in hand - in other words, make sure it is no larger than one bite or so. Here is a delicious recipe that incorporates quality ingredients with a hint of sophistication, while still presenting them in a rustic, approachable fashion - Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese + Pear. The salty pancetta paired with the subtly sweet pear and silky goat cheese is the perfect compliment to your next summer soiree! Enjoy!