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It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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    Carrot Cake Cheese Ball

    More sweet than it is salty, our carrot cake cheeseball is a fun, new way to eat dessert first! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Spicy Roasted Carrot Hummus

    2 reviews

    This is a wonderful appetizer for Easter, Mother’s Day or any spring gathering. The roasted carrots give this hummus a...

    Sweet and Savory Deviled Eggs

    2 reviews

    My Grandma Phyllis' sweet and savory deviled eggs are unrivaled by any of the ones I've tried. The sweetness of...

    Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa

    1 review

    Not too hot, but with a bit of a kick, this salsa is a perfect topping for grilled fish or...

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    55 Mother’s Day Appetizers

    These Mother's Day appetizer recipes are easy enough for kids and adults alike to help mom feel as special as...

    Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta

    3 reviews

    Here's an interesting spin on bruschetta. The creamy ricotta cheese spread is an ideal complement to the sweet, minty strawberry...

    Santorini Lamb Sliders

    2 reviews

    I love lamb burgers, so I created a crowd-friendly slider version. The tzatziki sauce is best made a day or...

    Peachy Jalapeno Guacamole

    Fresh jalapenos and summer-ripe peaches give this creamy guacamole so much flavor. It's got a little kick, but I love...

    Our Favorite Pull-Apart Appetizer Recipes

    Get your hands on these sweet and savory pull-apart appetizers. Start tearing and sharing!

    Goat Cheese Spread in Roasted Pepper Cups

    I had a similar dish in a restaurant in Seattle, and when I returned home I just had to try...

    Buttery Radish Baguette

    1 review

    My dad and brother are crazy for radishes, and this peppery baguette appetizer is a big-time favorite. Add a sprinkle...

    Lemony Bacon-Artichoke Dip

    6 reviews

    Move over, spinach-artichoke dip—bacon adds much more flavor. You might want to double the recipe because there are never any...

    Mushroom & Leek Strudel

    5 reviews

    This elegant hors d'oeuvre is almost effortless. Use fresh herbs if possible, and feel free to sub in whole wheat...

    Heirloom Tomato Galette with Pecorino

    5 reviews

    I found beautiful heirloom tomatoes and had to show them off. In this easy galette, the tomatoes are tangy and...

    Grilled Pineapple with Lime Dip

    5 reviews

    Serve this dish as an appetizer or a dessert—the choice is yours! If desired, the pineapple spears can be rolled...

    Fruit Kabobs with Cream Cheese Dip

    These fruity kabobs are so refreshing on a warm day. They're also a quick and easy treat for get-togethers. —Kathleen...

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    Caramel-Toffee Apple Dip

    One of my dear friend's husband's who died of cancer loved this recipe. The outer circle of apples makes for...

    Spicy Watermelon Salsa

    2 reviews

    I threw this together after an overzealous trip to the farmers market! My family loved it from the first bite....

    Mediterranean Chips & Dip

    8 reviews

    Garlic and cannelini beans, take hummus from the Middle East to the Mediterranean. The homemade chips come out of the...

    Pineapple Shrimp Spread

    7 reviews

    My aunt used to bring this dish to family gatherings. It brings back childhood memories for me. Today, it's my...

    Pineapple Cucumber Salsa

    3 reviews

    It’s hard to beat the sweet, tangy taste of fresh salsa on a hot summer day. This makes a great...

    Crescent Samosas

    1 review

    Tender, buttery crescents surround a delicious filling, making these appetizers a real standout. No one will guess that they're light!...

    Grilled Nectarine & Cheese Crostini

    2 reviews

    At our house, we love the summer tastes of sweet grilled nectarines and fresh basil over goat cheese. I can...

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    The Best Salsa

    This salsa is easy to make, and it's flavorful but not too spicy. I always get requests for this when...

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    Caramel Apple and Brie Skewers

    3 reviews

    I'm a caterer, and this is one of my best-selling appetizers. The shortcut of using prepared caramel makes these little...

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    Mushroom, Walnut & Thyme Cheesecake

    Serve this delightful and unusual savory cheesecake of mushroom and thyme as a festive first course. —Erika Szymanski, Pullman, Washington

    Asparagus Wraps

    2 reviews

    Asparagus makes lovely finger food, especially wrapped in pastry and tasty filling. Easily assembled, it’s perfect for weeknight noshing or...

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    Pepper Steak Quesadillas

    “I came up with this savory snack when my family needed a quick lunch before running off in several directions,”...

    Chocolate Fruit Dip

    7 reviews

    I've been told I'm not allowed to come to neighborhood parties unless I bring this dip! It's always a big...

    Sweet Cheese Ball

    5 reviews

    You’ll need only a few items for this unique cheese ball sent in by Melissa Friend of Oakland, Maryland. Coconut...