Mid to late autumn in the Mediterranean region is a lovely time to visit. The days are sunny and warm; the nights are cool and fragrant. The crowds and frenzy of summer has given way to quieter, gentler celebrations, but it is still possible to dine al fresco on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Chef Diane Phillips has created a menu for just such a feast, full of the flavors of this region and season. Her menu starts with a simple and flavorful white bean hummus, served with pita bread, and a bright field green salad with red wine citrus vinaigrette. The centerpiece of the meal is a mint pesto-stuffed leg of lamb, served with cucumber mint salsa and make-ahead goat cheese mashed potatoes. The dessert, a rustic apricot and strawberry crostata, is sure leave everyone at the table sighing contentedly. Join us for this mini-break to the Mediterranean, and bring back these recipes for your family and friends.