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Feta and Pine Nut Cheese Ball

This pine nut-crusted feta cheese ball is a great recipe to serve at your next party or get together.  It’s a tangy mix of cream cheese and feta, lightened up by fresh herbs, lemon zest, and fennel seeds.  Once the whole thing comes together and chills in the refrigerator, it is rolled in toasted pine nuts.  All that’s needed is some crackers, you have a great appetizer. It has retro appeal, but with an upgraded Mediterranean flavor.  It’s simple to assemble, and best done in advance, which is ideal for any party.  I actually brought it to a friend’s Thanksgiving […]

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White Bean and Feta Dip

This is a tasty to morsel to share with friends, and requires no heat to make (a big bonus in these summer months).  It is sort of like an Italian hummus: smooth, creamy bean dip flavored with garlic and lemon.  Unlike hummus, it is made with white beans, as opposed to chickpeas, and it does not contain tahini (a sesame seed paste that all legitimate hummus contains).  It also has some fresh herbs in it.  I would recommend putting them in at the very end of the blending process, as my herbs became a little overly-pulverized for my tastes.  It […]

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, and the catch phrase of “bring a dish to share.”  I think this is a great concept, as it allows people to get together more often, without putting the financial burden all on one person.  Although, I will admit that sometimes it can be inconvenient, and store-bought contributions are sometimes necessary.  Hummus seems to go over well.  However, I went to a party on Saturday night, and I was determined to bring something a little more personal.  In my experience, spinach-artichoke dip seems to be a universal crowd-pleaser.  There is a reason that it […]

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New Year’s Eve: Appetizers Galore

  I personally feel that New Year’s Eve is a slightly overrated holiday.  If you enjoy paying a cover charge to go to a crowded bar, where you have to fight to get the bartender’s attention, the more power to you.  It’s just not for me.  I do, however, enjoy any occasion where it is socially acceptable to eat excessively and decadently.  So for that, New Year’s Eve, I tip my proverbial hat to you.  I spent the holiday with my food-loving cousin, Shell, and her food-loving fiancé, Micah.  We decided we would each make 2 appetizers, and watch bad […]

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