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Lighter Appetizers for New Year’s Eve

Who says appetizers have to be ultra-rich to be a hit? These lightened-up appetizers use healthy whole foods to make small bites that taste as good as they are good for you. Most of them are a cinch to make, too, so you can cut down on the stress as well as the calories.

Pecorino and Honey Dip (pictured above): This simple combination of pecorino and spiced honey hits the sweet, salty and spicy flavor points.

Spicy Roasted Olives: Give heart-healthy olives an update.

Roasted Chestnuts: A holiday classic studded with vitamin C and manganese

Porcini Bruschette with Nipitella: Mushrooms and fresh herbs top this quick and easy bruschetta.

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Sifted: Best Summer Apps and Snacks + Homemade Bagels

Montreal Bagels by My Second Breakfast

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. I thought New York had the best bagels, but My Second Breakfast swears they’re in Montreal. Try her favorite recipe for Montreal bagels and decide for yourself.
  2. Don’t be fooled by their simplicity; these minted snap peas by Lottie and Doof are addicting.
  3. For an easy appetizer that’s sure to please everyone at the party, go with Domestic Fits’ fried ravioli caprese stacks.
  4. Pour this fresh blueberry sauce by Annie’s Eats over waffles, ice cream, french toast, cheese cake — pretty much  anything and everything.
  5. Kumquat’s mango coconut lassi is healthy, blends together in flash and sounds pretty good right about now.

Craving More?

  • Dips and small bites are the way to go for big gatherings. Find the best here.
  • Did you know it’s Ice Cream Week, AKA the best week ever, on Cooking Channel? Grab a pint and tune in.

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Holiday Appetizers

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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
For every holiday party I’ve been invited to, the host instructions are to bring “an appetizer or dessert.” As much as I love baking, I prefer to bring the former. There are always plenty of sweets at a holiday gathering, but no guarantee that there will be meatless pre-dinner snacks. If I bring one or two vegetarian appetizers, it guarantees that I’m able to snack while I’m mingling and if dinner happens to be a whole bunch of ham and prime rib, then at least I can continue to nibble on my own apps.

The best bring-to-a-party appetizers are those that pack well so they won’t get all mangled in your travels and that can be made ahead — don’t count on being able to do a lot of last-minute prep or assembly at the party. If you’re bringing a hot dip or something that needs to be cooked (even re-heated) before serving, check with the host to make sure you’ll have access to the stove, oven or microwave.

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Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Appetizers

white bean dip

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

 

In most circles, it’s likely you won’t get away with a vegetarian entree for Thanksgiving. Everyone expects a turkey and those who go meatless can fill up on green bean casserole and sweet potatoes. But Thanksgiving appetizers are a different story. An entire appetizer spread can be meatless and no one will notice. Expect to hear squeals of glee accompanied by comments like, “Ohhh, is that spinach-artichoke dip?” (Which is much nicer to hear than “Where’s the stinking turkey?!)

Use a food processor to whip up Giada’s White Bean Dip (pictured above) in seconds; serve it with warm, homemade pita chips, or if you’re pressed for time (and oven space) use store-bought pita chips or crudites. You can save yourself even more time by making the dip the day before Thanksgiving.

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Emmy-Inspired Appetizers and More

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Nom, nom, nom. The nominations are in and now it’s time to enjoy Sunday’s broadcast while munching on our favorite Emmy-inspired bites. While not all entirely practical, they’re all certainly delicious. So whether you’re rooting for a certain actor or just tuning in to see red carpet fashions, we’ve got a whole bunch of eats with nods to your favorite shows.

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Can’t-Miss Summer Appetizers

Grilled Polenta Crackers with Roasted Pepper Salsa

Start your party with Rachael's quick and easy Grilled Polenta Crackers with Roasted Pepper Salsa.

For casual summer get-togethers, you obviously don’t want to create course after course of fussy foods, but it’s always a good idea to have a few easy appetizers planned. Here are three reasons not to skip tasty teasers:

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Spring Fling: Artichokes as Appetizers

Artichoke Appetizer

Laura Calder's Artichokes with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Sure, fresh ones may be available year round, but their sweet, nutty flavor shines brightest in the spring. Roasted, boiled, baked, grilled, fried or even microwaved, artichokes are healthy, versatile and surprisingly easy to prepare.

With the cold weather blues now safely tucked away for the year, light, airy and fresh snacks, like Laura Calder’s Artichokes with Roasted Garlic Aioli, are all the fad. From crunchy crostinis to creamy bakes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite appetizer recipes that take advantage of artichoke season.

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High-Scoring Basketball Apps for March Madness

Emeril's Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings are the perfect game-day bite.

Mid March has come, and part of all the madness is figuring out what to munch on during the games. Serve up a pile of Emeril’s Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings and your friends will be licking their fingers in no time, but maybe it’s nachos that you’re craving, or chili…

Decisions, decisions, decisions… So many good game foods, and so little time. Let’s mull over some tasty options, after the jump.

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Spend the Holidays with Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver has the tips, tricks and twists for a perfect, stress-free holiday.

Jamie Oliver has opened his house and home to Cooking Channel for the holidays and we couldn’t refuse the invitation. We’re serving up an entire month of Jamie as he cooks, parties, entertains and celebrates his way through the season…

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