Snacks & Drinks

Ants on a Log Variations

Fill celery cavity with cream cheese and then top with dried cranberries.

Fill celery cavity with ranch dip and then top with sliced olives.

Fill celery cavity with ricotta cheese and…

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Appetizer and Beverages Basics

An appetizer and beverage buffet is a fun twist on entertaining and lends itself to a less formal atmosphere than a traditional sit-down dinner. But don't be intimidated by such an undertaking.…

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Apple a Day the Easy Way

Julie Ann M. of Germantown, Maryland found that her young son gobbles up apple slices topped with a spread made from two parts peanut butter to one part honey.

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Cloudy Iced Tea?

To keep brewed iced tea from getting cloudy, allow it to cool to room temperature before chilling. If it has already turned cloudy, try stirring in a little boiling water.

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Coffee Making Tips

To preserve maximum flavor, store fresh ground or whole bean coffee in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Long-term storage is best done in the freezer for up to 1…

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Delicious Squash Snacks

“Even after I use a lot of my garden-fresh zucchini and yellow squash, there’s still plenty left over to serve this way,” chuckles Grace L. of Alvin, Texas. “I beat an egg with milk, salt and…

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Dip Carrots In Honey

Felix B. was reluctant to eat nutritious raw carrots until he tried dipping them in honey. “I like it so much I may start eating more carrots,” says this Fairmont, West Virginia reader.

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Individual Milk Shakes

Whenever I blend a batch of milk shakes, I freeze a few individually for treats when the grandkids pop in. It takes just 30 seconds in the microwave to soften the shakes to the right consistency.…

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Jazzing Up Plain Popcorn

For buttery Cajun popcorn, stir 1/4 cup melted butter with 2 tablespoons lime juice and 4-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning. Sprinkle 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

For buttery nacho popcorn,…

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Make Special Ice Cubes

Iced tea or lemonade for a party looks lovely and tastes great when served with special ice cubes. Freeze a sprig of mint or lemon balm or several slivers of lemon zest in each cube and drop a few…

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