My husband fine-tuned this recipe—and the results were spectacular! These spicy-hot grilled wings are true party pleasers. You can easily adjust the heat level by altering the amount of chili powder. The wings take a little time, but they're worth it.—Angela Roster, Greenbackville, Virginia
Although this recipe is perfect for the holiday season, plan to use it all year-round—cranberries add "zing" to menus anytime. And, if you're looking for an appetizer idea, shape the meatballs smaller and serve with party picks.
A cake that's savory instead of sweet? Absolutely! Everyone who tastes this cheesy concoction, topped with a dilly of a cucumber sauce, will relish its richness and come back for more. "It's a family favorite," writes Donna Cline of Pensacola, Florida.—Donna Cline, Pensacola, Florida
It figures that this colorful and carefree dish is a favorite with Margaret McGehee's family. "The recipe evolved from adding and subtracting ingredients until everyone liked the results," reports the Knoxville, Tennessee reader.
"Either as an appetizer or side dish," promises Faye Buffenmeyer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, "this is delicious!" And, since it can be made ahead, you might think about doubling the recipe and freezing some for unexpected guests.—Faye Buffenmeyer, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
From Lynette Clement of Grand Junction, Colorado, this full-of-zip spread's sure to be the star of any New Year's gathering! It can also easily be formed into alternate shapes for serving at other festive times—an egg for Easter, a leaf for fall, etc.—Lynette Clement, Grand Junction, Colorado
Though they're small, Judy Theriot's pleasing "pies" are packed with flavor and sized right for a buffet. What's more, writes Judy from Pierre Part, Louisiana, "They can be stored in the freezer to make party or gift preparations that much easier."
Whether you craft it for a patriotic picnic or an everyday summer celebration, this colorful table topper will appetizingly round out the occasion. People positively eat it up! Our crafty kitchen experts first came up with the idea after spotting a plain foam wreath form. Rather than embellish it with dried flowers or ribbons, they decided to try fresh fruit instead. The process turned out to be so simple and so fast that they had time to add a savory centerpiece center—which doubles as a creamy dipping sauce. The final touch is a cinch, too. You simply top the sauce with strawberry stars you slice using mini cookie cutters.
This creamy appetizer, fresh from Raegan Dexter of Union Grove, Wisconsin, features nothing but great flavor. "you don't have to be a carrot fan to enjoy it," she notes. "I like it even more, because it is so easy to fix.!"