Comforting and creamy are just some of the words that describe Susanne Nonekowski’s warm Spinach Artichoke Spread. “You may have tasted a similar spread in a restaurant,” she writes from Oak Harbor, Ohio. "Served with crackers or veggies, it's an all-time favorite.”
Field editor Christine Wilson of Sellersville, Pennsylvania shared this appealing appetizer. Sweet Vidalia onion rings are deep-fried to a crispy golden brown, then served with a cool and zesty lime dipping sauce.
For a warm, hearty snack with a bit of a kick, try this recipe. It's a hit with my family, and guests rave about it, too. Ideal for parties, it makes a big potful. The only "utensil" you'll need to serve it with is a brimming bowl of tortilla chips.
For a delightful dessert, Sharon Mensing needs only a handful of ingredients to fix this unusual fruit fondue. "Use grapes, bananas, strawberries and angel food cake cubes as dippers," she suggests from Greenfield, Iowa.
"This recipe was given to me many years ago at a New Year's potluck," says Gwynne Fleener of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. "Since then, it has been a tradition to serve it at our holiday open house. The creamy mixture is always a hit."
I've tried several appetizers before, but this one is a surefire people-pleaser. The thick dip has lots of bacon flavor and keeps my guests happily munching before dinner. I serve it with tortilla chips or sliced French bread.