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I love fresh strawberries, and I try to enjoy as many as possible during the season. Because so many strawberry recipes are quite sweet, I wanted to start the meal with something savory, so I came up with strawberries, cheese and good bread.
One of my dear friend's husband's who died of cancer loved this recipe. The outer circle of apples makes for a very festive, eye catching piece. I have never had anyone try this that doesn't absolutely love it and ask me every year to bring it to all fall social events. —Angie Hillman, Cottonwood, Arizona
Here’s a deliciously different appetizer for a holiday party. I top a prebaked pizza crust with caramelized onions, two kinds of cheese, orange chunks, dates and seasoning.—Mary Tamaki, Calgary, Alberta
Lots of Christmas treats are sweet. For a change of pace, I fill holiday goodie bags with my cheese crackers. The recipe has a large yield, but you can freeze the dough logs to bake later.—Heather Necessary, Shamokin Dan, Pennsylvania
We have a large avocado tree outside our house, which is very common in southern California, so I like to put them to good use in recipes. To give the soup an elegant touch, top it with edible flowers.
Serve up crab rangoon without all the hassle! These savory bites are prepared without the frying and usual mess. Plus, they don't take long to make if company drops over unexpectedly.—Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
I love boiled Maryland crabs and crab fries dipped in cheese. With those favorites in mind, I created a crunchy snack mix spiced with seafood seasoning. One handful is never enough!—Mrs. Karyn Gordon, Cinnaminson, New Jersey
These appetizer cups are great for entertaining since you can make them ahead of time and refrigerate until you're ready to pop them in the oven. Serve them hot out of the oven or at room temperature—your choice.—Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Seafood lovers are sure to enjoy these golden brown toasts filled with a creamy crab sauce. Using a muffin pan makes it easy to shape the rolled-out bread into little cups. —Valerie Schroder, Cobourg, Ontario