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    Spicy Nuts

    Cayenne pepper gives nuts a bit of a kick. My son-in-law can't get enough of these.

    Spinach & Crab Dip

    8 reviews

    We love this recipe! I've lightened it considerably without losing flavor, and no one can tell the difference. Give the...


    Herbed Garlic Cheese Dip

    Served with chilled beverages and bite-size vegetables, my garden-fresh dip makes a simple yet surprisingly elegant beginning to any meal.—Josephine...


    Cider Wassail

    8 reviews

    This traditional wassail recipe came from a dear friend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where we lived for many years. Since...


    Hot Spiced Beverage

    1 review

    The tea lover on your Christmas list will delight in this sweet citrus beverage Ozela Haynes of Emerson, Arkansas shares....

    Crab Spread

    12 reviews

    My family has fond memories of traveling to my parents' house for Christmas dinner. After a 12-hour drive, we'd be...


    Garlic Bean Dip

    1 review

    There isn't a bean that my family does not like. In fact, I serve one kind or another almost every...

    Hazelnut Dream Cookies

    1 review

    I sampled these goodies at a Bible study and knew from the first bite that I had to have the...


    Spiced Party Peanuts

    2 reviews

    Also a great gift, these seasoned nuts have just the right blend of spices, sugar and heat to kick up...


    White Chocolate Cran-Pecan Cookies

    10 reviews

    Want to put a seasonal twist on classic chocolate chip cookies? These irresistible treats are loaded with white baking chips,...


    Cookies in a Jiffy

    6 reviews

    You'll be amazed and delighted with how quickly you can whip up a batch of these homemade cookies. —Clara Hielkema,...

    Apple Citrus Cider

    Patricia Aurand of Findlay, Ohio shares her warm, comforting cider with a twist of pineapple and citrus that's just perfect...


    Warm Spiced Citrus Punch

    I serve this drink every year during the holidays. It’s one of my most requested recipes. It can be doubled...


    Citrus Wassail

    I found this healthy wassail recipe in a cookbook. My daughter first prepared it to go with our day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers...


    Citrus Spiced Tea

    Ripe with citrusy tang, this easy-to-fix hot tea from Mrs. J.D. McCollum, of Memphis, Tennessee can be whipped up for...


    Cherry Almond Chews

    5 reviews

    I make these attractive cherry coconut cookies every Christmas for family and friends. During that busy time of year, I...

    Cocoa for a Crowd

    Cocoa for a Crowd comes from Pat Monson of Stewartville, Minnesota. "On a winter day, this cocoa really hits the...


    Dutch Hot Chocolate

    2 reviews

    When my grandchildren come over, they like to snack on cookies and mugs of this hot chocolate. It has a...


    Grilled Summer Fruit Kabobs

    Fire up the grill and get out of the kitchen to make these juicy, tasty kabobs, submitted by Trisha Kruse...


    Party Cheese Dip

    2 reviews

    I was served this dip when I was on a visit to Key West. I was able to copy the...


    Savory Spiced Almonds

    3 reviews

    "You won't be able to eat just one of these!" assures Keri Scofield Lawson of Fullerton, California. "So make several...


    Company Green Salad

    6 reviews

    I partially put this salad together and take the remaining ingredients (candied nuts, seeds, rice noodles and dressing) to mix...


    Turtle Pretzels

    3 reviews

    Sweet and crunchy, these tasty treats will be gobbled up in no time! —Barbara Loudenslager, O'Fallon, Missouri


    Smoked Trout Pate

    This tasty spread is easy to make in a food processor, and it’s a guaranteed winner at any party. The...

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    Broccoli & Chive Stuffed Mini Peppers

    2 reviews

    There's plenty of both crunch and cream in these party appetizers. Fresh chives help them really stand out. —Jean McKenzie,...


    Honey-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

    My husband and I like to enjoy this grown-up version of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. It's even...


    Spiced Peanuts

    2 reviews

    Liven up plain peanuts with a sweet-and-spicy blend of flavors from sugar, cumin and cayenne pepper. You'll want to double...or...


    Heavenly Drinking Chocolate

    1 review

    The name says it all—sipping this beverage is like experiencing an out-of-this-world blend of dark and milk chocolate. The only...


    Warm Cannellini Bean & Bacon Salad

    My husband and son like all kinds of bean dishes. For a change of pace, I whipped up a new...


    Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

    9 reviews

    "This tasty appetizer is similar to the version served in restaurants, but it has a fresh homemake flavor that keeps...