Curtis Stone's toast recipes

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While toast (with a cup of coffee) is all I eat on many hectic mornings, it's also something I rely on at any time of day. A grilled piece of bread is an edible plate that can be loaded with just about any food you're crazy for, whether it's mashed avocado with a bit of salt and hot sauce or one of my topping ideas here. You can dress it up as an hors d'oeuvre for a cocktail party or make it an ultracasual dinner in front of the TV. And toasts are especially enticing in summer, when we want things simple and easy. All you'll need are ingredients you can find at your local grocery store and, of course, a loaf of bread that's ready to be crisped up and heaped with all this tastiness. The result? The greatest thing get the point.