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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.
I've had the pleasure of introducing many of my friends and family to chutney, that sweet and savory fruit sauce. Make the spread even faster by using chive-flavored whipped cream cheese. —Michelle Torkelson, Ham Lake, Minnesota
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
I almost called these S'more Holiday Sliders because whenever I make them, my friends ask, "Do you have s'more?" These stand up really well in the fridge, so I have them ready whenever we get together to bake or wrap presents. —Pamela Miller, Big Rapids, Michigan