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Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

We live on the beach and love to eat seafood. A stay-at-home mom, I also love to experiment in the kitchen. I came up with this savory spread as a special appetizer.—Christy Hughes, Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Mocha Pumpkin Seeds

Mocha Pumpkin Seeds

Mocha Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a classic fall snack. Kick them up a notch with instant coffee and cocoa powder for a mix that’s mocha genius. Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

My workplace had an appetizer contest, and I won it with my jalapeno and cheese dip. Every time I take it anywhere, folks empty the slow cooker. —B Slabik, Dilworth, Minnesota

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Chocolate 'n' More Snack Mix

Chocolate 'n' More Snack Mix

Chocolate 'n' More Snack Mix

This colorful snack mix tastes as good as it looks with its nuts, sunflower kernels and dried fruits. Karri Upchurch sent the recipe from her kitchen in Wichita, Kansas.

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Every year during the holidays, I use this delicious recipe that I got from my brother. These appealing appetizers get hearty flavor from the ham, bacon and cheese. They look lovely and really curb the hunger of guests waiting for a meal. —Virginia Slater, West Sunbury, Pennsylvania

Veggie Pinwheel Appetizers

Veggie Pinwheel Appetizers

Veggie Pinwheel Appetizers

My son, Tyler, loves these and even asked me to make them for his school party instead of cupcakes! Now his classmates love them, too, and I make them for every party. To keep it easy, I usually get the veggies from the grocery store's salad bar. —Beverly M. Jones, Cambridge, Maryland
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Creamy Sourdough Snack

Creamy Sourdough Snack

Creamy Sourdough Snack

"This snack was a big hit at my mom's 50th birthday party," says Darelyn Payes of Hayward, California.

Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman Cheese Ball

This frosty fellow is always welcome at a winter gathering, according to Susan Seymour of Valatie, New York. He's very tasty, too--and gets a little zip from horseradish and garlic.

Rosemary Veal Meatballs

Rosemary Veal Meatballs

Rosemary Veal Meatballs

These savory appetizer meatballs, seasoned with rosemary and garlic, get a touch of sweetness from chopped golden raisins. "They will be a hit at your next gathering," assures Rhonda Maiani of Chapel Hill, North Carolina..

Celery Seed Bread

Celery Seed Bread

Celery Seed Bread

This quick, easy bread is a family favorite with just about any Italian meal.—Norma Erne, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

I crave this bruschetta-like pizza in spring, when I'm planting tomatoes in our garden. Slices make great appetizers when the tomatoes are ripe. But you can also serve the pizza alongside a grilled entree or as a meatless main course.

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Fruity Horseradish Cream Cheese

Typically called a Jezebel Sauce, this sweet, fruity topping has an underlying bite from horseradish. The sauce, from Rita Reifenstein of Evans City, Pennsylvania is also great over pork or chicken.

Zippy Peach Spread

Zippy Peach Spread

Zippy Peach Spread

Don’t think twice about the ingredient pairings—this creamy spread is absolutely addictive! Lighten it up by using reduced-fat cream cheese. Laurie Hicks - Troy, MT

Nutty Toffee Popcorn

Nutty Toffee Popcorn

Nutty Toffee Popcorn

"I use holiday tins to deliver this sweetly coated popcorn-nut crunch to family and friends on my Christmas list," notes Glenna Hale of Sceptre, Saskatchewan.

Bone Slices

Bone Slices

Bone Slices

A savory seafood filling is featured in these creepy bone pieces from our home economists. For even more fun, stack slices on a platter to resemble a backbone. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Cajun Party Mix Snack

Cajun Party Mix Snack

Cajun Party Mix Snack

"This is a crisp snack with punch," reports field editor Miriam Hershberger of Holmesville, Ohio. "Once you get started eating it, it's hard to stop."

Garden Vegetable Spread

Garden Vegetable Spread

Garden Vegetable Spread

For a tempting dip or spread, try this fresh-tasting version suggested by field editor Jan Woodall of Indianapolis, IN. "It's chock-full of crunchy garden vegetables," Jan notes.
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