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New Year’s Nibbles

Bite-Size Chipotle Chicken Soft Tacos

Photo: Lara Ferroni

New Year’s Eve is a night for champagne, toasts, songs, celebrating, and hors d’oeuvres. With bite-sized delights like pigs in blankets, spanitkopita, mini quiche, crostini, deviled eggs, arancini, crab cakes, gougères, chicken satay, meatballs, bacon wrapped dates, shrimp cocktail, blinis with caviar, and empanandas, there is plenty of finger-friendly fare to choose from. But, we want you to tell us:

What’s your favorite hors d’oeuvre?

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Weekly Roundup: All Things Tomato

Cherry Tomatoes

#TomatoLove is trending this month on Twitter, as large, luscious tomatoes are blooming all over. To celebrate this beloved fruit, we’re rounding up a variety of tomato-inspired recipes to enjoy all summer long.

  • For starters, try Naturally Ella’s Roasted Tomato and Corn Salsa (pictured above), which is made with cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, and cilantro.
  • Chef Margo has modified a Spanish staple to include fresh fruit in Grilled Peach and Tomato Gazpacho.
  • Oh Cake’s Spinach and Feta-Stuffed Tomatoes fills large, juicy tomatoes with spinach, Feta cheese, red onions, whole wheat breadcrumbs, and toasted pine nuts.
  • Raymond Blanc’s Summer Tomato Tart stars halved cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and sliced black olives atop a buttery puff pastry crust.
  • Pasta and tomatoes are a tried and true pair, so enjoy Gimme Some Oven’s Pasta with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic and Parmesan for a simple,well-seasoned pasta dish.
  • Bake Your Day spices things up with Mexican Veggie Flatbread, a cheesy combo of pepper-Jack cheese, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, black beans, green peppers, and cilantro, all loaded stop flatbread smothered with avocado spread.
  • The Breathing Kitchen’s Spring Bruschetta tops crunchy, toasted slices of bread with Fava beans, crushed tomatoes, and olive oil.
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Weekly Roundup: Spinach Sensations

Herbed Spinach Quiche Portabella Caps

Raw or cooked, spinach is one of the most versatile ingredients that’s perfect for plumping up salads or adding a punch of healthy flavor to sautés, sides, sandwiches, and more. This week, we’re turning to the all-star green with a roundup of our favorite spinach-inspired recipes from across the Web.
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Weekly Roundup: Cinco de Mayo Favorites

I celebrate Cinco de Mayo every year with a fiesta filled with south-of-the border-inspired bites. Start off your feast with crispy chips and dippers, slow-cooked tacos, fruity salsas and more. ¡Salud!

  • Pair smoky roasted tomatillos and olives in Foodie Crush’ Roasted Tomatillo and Green Olive Salsa (pictured above).
  • Pull out the slow cooker for Bakeaholic Mama’s cheesy seven-layer Corona and Lime Chicken Bean Dip.
  • The Tomato Tart’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Salsa makes for a sweet and sour seasonal dip.
  • Simple and mild, One Lovely Life’s Pineapple Guacamole gets a fragrant, floral hit from this juicy tropical fruit.
  • Top the Turntable Kitchen’s tender, pull-apart Slow-Cooked Beef Tacos with smooth avocado and crunchy pickled radishes.
  • Scarletta Bakes’ creamy corn salad esquites, or Corn Cups, are tossed with a zesty cilantro, lime, and queso fresco-based dressing.
  • Don’t throw away used lime rinds! Instead, fill them with Brit & Co’s creative Margarita Jello Shots and keep the fiesta going long past appetizers.
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Weekly Roundup: Healthy Snacks

Curry Spiced Pomme Frites + Cucumber Dip

When did munching between meals become taboo? The overly-stigmatized ritual is only problematic when junk food boxes and bags are emptied in a matter of hours, not days. Instead, ditch your 100-calorie packs and cook up a healthy snack that can suit the palate of even the most refined three-square-meal food purist. Think of these as medians between ants-on-a-log and canapé.
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Five Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

Easy Party Snacks

Photo: Kemp Minifie

With New Year’s Eve just two days away, along with spontaneous visits by childhood chums, it’s handy to be ready with some quick-to-assemble nibbles that will impress everyone and allow you to say with confidence, “Come on over!” Here are five that I swear by:

  •  Enlivened Olives: Olives become sensational when warmed in their brine or oil, then drained and tossed with grated lemon zest, smoked paprika, or toasted and ground cumin or fennel seeds.
  • Feta Fun: Blot a block of feta cheese dry, then heat some honey with some cracked black peppercorns and/or chopped fresh thyme or rosemary, and pour it over the cheese. Serve it with crackers. It’s a life-changing combination!
  • Party Pepitas: When toasted in a large skillet, raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds puff and turn golden within a couple of minutes—stir frequently. Toss with a little olive oil and sea salt, and watch them disappear. Continue reading
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Image of the Day: Cranberry-Stuffed Mushrooms

Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and Louisa of Living Lou has the perfect recipe for your appetizer platter. She adds a fresh twist to traditional stuffed mushrooms by mixing goat cheese and tangy cranberries into her festive Cranberry-Stuffed Mushrooms, which are the perfect pair with your choice cocktail.

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Now In the Store: Small Bites

Small Bites

Get ready for holiday party season with a collection of finger-friendly favorites in our Small Bites collection, now available in the Gourmet Live Store.

Kick up the flavor with festive snacks like Green-Peppercorn Cornmeal Crackers, Steamed Pork and Jicama Dumplings, and Tomato “Burgers” that top homemade financier buns with tomato filling and tangy goat cheese.

Download the free Gourmet Live app then head to the Library to access the Store for our Small Bites collection.

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APP EXCLUSIVE: Feta Walnut Date Cigars

Photo by Jeffrey Schad

Celebrate the start of a new year with a brand new party appetizer from Gourmet Live. Bake up a batch of these savory Feta Walnut Date Cigars then head to the Store tab in Gourmet Live to purchase the complete menu, A New Year of Entertaining.

Feta Walnut Date Cigars

Makes 32 hors d’œuvres
Active time: 1 hr // Total time: 1 1/2 hr

  • 6 oz cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 6 oz crumbled feta (1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons; patted dry if wet)
  • 2/3 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 (1 lb) package phyllo dough (roughly 17- by 12-inch sheets), thawed if frozen
  • 1 1/4 sticks (10 Tbsp) unsalted butter (preferably European-style), melted and cooled slightly Continue reading
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