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Make-Ahead Finger Foods

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Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

Herbed Cheese Rings

This savory cheese loaf is great sliced in thin wedges to go with soup, salads or casseroles. I've served it to large crowds and received many compliments. One year, I gave it to our neighbor for Christmas. -Evelyn Bear, Kingston, Idaho

Holiday Cheese Ball

Holiday Cheese Ball

Holiday Cheese Ball

Andrea Bolden from Unionville, Tennessee writes, "With its colorful flecks of green onion and pimiento, this cheese ball is great as a Christmas or New Year's appetizer. It can be made with fat-free cheeses without sacrificing the zesty Italian taste."

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

"I always get requests for the recipe whenever I serve these delicate finger sandwiches with a creamy herb spread and festive red and green garnishes," reports Nadine Whittaker of South Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimientos give great color to this soft-textured cheese log. I make it for many occasions throughout the year.

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

Salsa Cheesecake

After receiving this recipe from a friend several years ago, I made it for our family Christmas party. It's now one of our traditional holiday foods. It's a tasty spin on taco dip.

Easy Smoked Salmon

Easy Smoked Salmon

Easy Smoked Salmon

"A reader shared this recipe in another Reiman magazine years ago...and it has become my favorite way to prepare salmon," writes Norma Fell from Boyne City, Michigan.

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Almond "Feta" with Herb Oil

Blanched almonds give this cheese appetizer a rich texture. Unbaked, it’s smooth and spreadable, while baking makes it crumbly like feta. It’s easy to make ahead.—Mary Raymond, Chesterfield, Missouri

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

Pickled Mushrooms

As a salad or appetizer, these tangy mushrooms are a welcome addition to any meal or party buffet table. It doesn't take long for a whole bowlful to be devoured. I love to cook with fresh mushrooms - a crop our state is well known for. -Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

Asian Pork Tenderloin

Asian Pork Tenderloin

Asian Pork Tenderloin

I first made this appetizer on Christmas Eve a few years ago, and it has since become a tradition. Serve the pork slices alone or on small dinner rolls with hot mustard sauce, ketchup or horseradish. —Diana Beyer, Graham, Washington

Fresh Zesty Salsa

Fresh Zesty Salsa

Fresh Zesty Salsa

The addition of olives makes this salsa a little different from other varieties. You can seed the jalapeno peppers if desired. But if you family likes salsa with some "heat", leave them in.—Sharon Lucas, Raymore, Missouri

Potluck Ham Tortilla Stack

Potluck Ham Tortilla Stack

Potluck Ham Tortilla Stack

"This recipe was in a cookbook my mom gave me when I got married," recalls Eileen Stegall of Omaha, Nebraska. "I have added a few of my own touches. When I take it to a potluck, I always get requests for the recipe."
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