20 Dishes and Appetizers to Bring to a Holiday Party

We all know the standard Thanksgiving foods — turkey, mashed potatoes, all the stuffing — but Christmas brings a bit more confusion. Everyone has a different opinion on what Christmas foods are and has their own traditions, so when you’re invited to a holiday party, what exactly are you supposed to bring?

We’ve rounded up some of the tastiest, most universally crowd-pleasing appetizers that will be sure to be a hit at any holiday party you attend — whether it be your own family’s Christmas dinner, or just your office potluck.


1. Thyme and Garlic Baked Camembert


2. Baked Brie with Pomegranates


3. Pesto Pinwheels


4. French Onion Beef Sliders for a Crowd


Enough already.  My mouth is watering so much that you will have to visit their website to continue this mini-food fest for the eyes.  Just click here (you won’t regret it):


This avocado hummus recipe means never having to make hard choices again

After eating hospital food for 4 days, I came upon this:

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Photo: Stocksy/Harald Walker  Article by Tehrene Firman


“I’m notoriously bad at making decisions. Like, I will do anything to avoid it. Even choosing what to eat for a snack can be a challenge: sweet, salty, sour… IDK, help. But I’m happy to say I’ll no longer have to play a solo game of rock-paper-scissors while standing in front of the fridge ever again—at least when it comes to choosing between hummus and guacamole. Because it just so happens that they’re better together.

With avocado hummus—also known as guacamummus or hummamole—you’re truly getting the best of both worlds. Aside from being able to dip into maybe the creamiest concoction ever, it’s also seriously healthy. The guacamole brings on plenty of healthy fat from the avocados, and the hummus is loaded with protein from the chickpeas. Now that I think about it, why were we ever eating them separate in the first place?

While you can totally grab both dips from your fridge and mix them together, Lisa Rinaldi, the Montreal-based food blogger behind Riri’s Recipes, recently shared an avocado hummus recipe of her own. It only takes 10 minutes to make, is loaded with flavorful, health-boosting ingredients like garlic and turmeric, and stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to five days. Your only challenge will be trying not to eat all of it in one sitting.”

Avocado hummus

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped in half
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp turmeric
1 medium avocado
3 tsp olive oil
2 tsp tahini
Water to thin (about 3 tbsp, depending on your preference)

1. Rinse and drain chickpeas and place into a food processor.
2. Add in remaining ingredients and spices except water and pulse until well combined.
3. Add in room temperature water to thin, 1 tsp or Tbsp at a time, and stir with your spoon to check texture. Make sure it isn’t too liquidy; it should still hold on the spoon and not drip off.
4. Place in an air-tight container and enjoy with bread, crackers, or veggies, like carrots and cucumbers.



There’s no snacking in a hospital (unless you work there) so this is exactly what I was looking to nosh on.  Something light, good tasting and, ok, somewhat healthy (Come on, I’d just left a hospital).   Tip:  For those who are lucky to have a Costco store nearby, you  can purchase small containers of Sabra Hummus and bags of frozen, sliced and diced avocado’s.  So just defrost the avocado’s, put into a processor along with the hummus and go at it.  Spice it as you like.

Truth be told.  I can’t lift the food processor for another 3 weeks, so please try it and let me know how it tastes.




I Love A Good Cheese And Wine Charcuterie Board

by abrownblogger

I couldn’t resist re-posting this article about pairing wine and cheese.  Take a look:

cheese board


“Wine and cheese pairing possibilities are endless and I love to have cheese and wine charcuterie boards during the summer when friends and I get together. Simple but very engaging during those chat sessions.

A tip I learned last summer is choosing summer fruits and garden veggies to build your central structure, peaches, plums and other stone fruit make a lovely board along side the various cheeses. The best in fall/winter are grapes and dried fruit.

Wine and cheese are culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious and fun. There are a number of considerations, such as texture, acidity, fat and tannin. Never serve cold cheese, always serve soft & creamy cheese. Mozzarella pairs well with olive oil, prosciutto, tomatoes, Italian cured meats, and olives. Parmigiano Reggiano famous Italian cheese is known for its sharp, nutty flavor.

wine and cheese

Fresh: Soft and rindless, these can be made with cow, goat or sheep milk. They’re not aged and have a mild, slightly tangy flavor. While a log of bright white goat cheese is iconic, the category also includes farmer’s cheese, ricotta and others that come in tubs.

Bloomy: These are named for the bloom of white mold on the outside. They tend to be the richest and creamiest type of cheese, with a soft, spreadable texture. The rind is edible, and it has a stronger, funkier flavor than the interior.

Washed Rind: A bath in brine, beer or wine produces a distinct orange rind. They’re rich and creamy, and they can be soft or semi-soft in texture. They’re funkier than bloomy cheeses, with gamy, often pleasantly pungent notes.

Semi-Soft: They’re not spreadable, nor do they break in shards like a hard cheese. They tend to be creamy and fairly mild in flavor. Many are excellent to melt and perfect to slice. Some cheeses like Gouda are semi-soft in younger styles, while when aged, their texture turns hard.

Hard: The product of aging, these are quite firm and break into crumbles or shards. They tend to have nutty and complex savory notes. Some are fairly pungent and salty.

Blue: Veins of blue mold run through these. They can be soft and creamy, or semi-soft and crumbly. Some are sweeter and milder, but all pack a good deal of sharpness and tang.

fruit and cheese

Wines That Go With Gouda:

Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon, commonly called the “King of Red Wine Grapes,” pairs well with Gouda cheese as its high tannin content holds up well to aged Goudas.

Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio, a light wine, pairs well with a young Gouda:

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Beaujolais
  • Riesling.

So create or have a charcuterie board party where everyone can come together and create the perfect charcuterie for your gathering.”

Having Good Wholesome Fun with Apple Carrot Muffins

Having Good Wholesome Fun with Apple Carrot Muffins | Food & Nutrition | Stone Soup

Article and Photo by Cindy Gay, RDN, LD

There’s no denying my senior friends love to have fun, and after a noon water aerobics class, they’re ready to eat. A baggie of these mini muffins might do the trick and bring a smile. They are 100-percent whole-wheat, have half as much sugar as the original recipe, with extra-virgin olive oil as the fat. Here’s how I made them:

Apple Carrot Mini Muffins

Makes 72 mini muffins


  • 2½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ cups wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (3 medium carrots)
  • 4 cups shredded apples (4 medium apples)
  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt). Set aside.
  2. In bowl of electric mixer, beat eggs until starting to froth. Add sugar and honey and beat slightly.
  3. Add carrots, apples and oil to mixing bowl and beat slightly.
  4. Add dry ingredients to mixer, mixing only until combined.
  5. Drop by 1 tablespoon scoops into mini muffin pan sprayed with olive oil. Bake at 375°F for 12 to 14 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from pan and finish cooling on wire rack.



Super Bowl Sunday party guide: Popular Pinterest game day party foods

By GMA Team via GMA Jan 25, 2019, 5:18 AM ET


It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, which means it’s time to create your party playbook!

Whether you’re planning to be huddled by the TV while you cheer on your favorite team, casually tune in for the highly anticipated commercials or just here for the food and drinks — this is the perfect guide to help you create a Super Bowl party fit for any crowd.

Food & drink ideas that will win big

There’s nothing wrong with plating up some classic crowd-pleasers like sliders, chili or chips and guac — but for a more exciting menu check out what’s on trend for the 2019 Super Bowl according to Pinterest!

“Super Bowl continues to be the most popular sporting event on Pinterest with millions of searches, most of which are focused on food,” a spokeswoman for the visual discovery engine told “GMA.”

According to Pinterest insights, these are the most popular recipes to serve at your Super Bowl 53 party.


Have an open bar that goes beyond beverages!

Create a festive feast that’s easy to build as you go and come back for more. Guests can get creative with some hands-on Super Bowl favorites like pretzel bars which is up 1,140 percent in popularity and nacho bars which are also on the rise 70 percent, according to Pinterest.

Plus there won’t be any pass interference while guests are filling their plates!

Hot pretzel bar

Nacho bar

Burger slider bar

Make easy appetizers that will be done in no time!

Every host will be cheering for these appetizer ideas that require only a few ingredients and can be made in 30 minutes or less. Searches for “Super Bowl food easy appetizer ideas” are up nearly 150 percent this season.

Buffalo chicken celery sticks

Easy ham and cheese pinwheels

Fit Fuel! Healthy game day bites

Healthy fare will win big this Super Bowl with any guests who are looking for an alternative to traditional “cheat day” type bites.

Vegan guacamole potato skins

Zucchini parmesan chips

This healthy snack is crunchy, crispy and addicting but takes just 25 minutes to bake!

Keto three cheese jalapeno poppers

Anyone that’s really watching what they eat — especially if you’re on the Keto diet — should check out even more delicious diet approved game day recipes here!

Mocktails that won’t cause a fumble

Mocktails are on the rise with Pinterest searches up 736 percent since the last Super Bowl. Ditch the alcohol and still enjoy all the flavor of your favorite half-time libations!

Grapefruit ginger spritzer

Moscow mule mocktail

Pinterest also has a recipe filter that makes it easier to find exactly what you want to cook. You can narrow down your search by a specific diet, prep and cook time, and what ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

Check out all the popular pins like how to prep like a pro!


Sweet and Easy

This Graham Cracker Éclair recipe makes dessert a piece of cake! Just start with JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding, add milk and whisk. Then add COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and mix again. Pour over a delicious bed of crunchy graham cracker squares, layer up and top it all off with creamy BAKER’S ONE BOWL Chocolate Frosting. It’s cake made easy. by lucia

This Graham Cracker Éclair recipe makes dessert a piece of cake! Just start with JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding, add milk and whisk. Then add COOL WHIP Whipped Topping and mix again. Pour over a delicious bed of crunchy graham cracker squares, layer up and top it all off with creamy BAKER’S ONE BOWL Chocolate Frosting. It’s cake made easy.

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