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Tuesday Recipe: Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating with family and friends, putting the past behind you and looking forward to the future. Save time this year with easy appetizer recipes sure to please everyone at your party, even if it is just a gathering of you and your beloved pets.

Apple Rings With Gorgonzola Cheese

Tart apples with creamy cheese = a yummy treat.


  • 2 tart apples
  • Juice from half of a lemon (2 tbls)
  • 4 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbls honey
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup candied nuts, chopped
Apple Hooked Wool Pillow
French Market Prep Bowl Set Directions

1. Core the apples with an apple corer, making sure to remove all of the seeds. Cut apples horizontally into fairly thin rings and brush both sides of rings with lemon juice; set aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese and honey. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Snip off a corner of the bag. Pipe cream cheese mixture onto apple rings. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours.

Vintage Sugar Sack Wall Panel Spicy Candied Walnuts

Use these walnuts on the apple ring recipe or have them on ice cream!


  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1  tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • dash crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 9×9x2-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl stir together the coarsely chopped walnuts, packed brown sugar, vanilla, salt and crushed red pepper.
  2. Spread nut mixture in prepared pan. Bake about 10 minutes or until nuts are toasted, stirring twice. Cool.
Squirrel Nutcracker

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

No holiday party is complete without a cheese ball!


  • 3  tablespoons fresh chives
  • 3  tablespoons  fresh basil
  • 2  tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 – 1/2  teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Assorted crackers
Chives Herb Marker
Mouse and Cheese Board Directions

1. In a shallow dish combine 1 tablespoon of the chives, 1 tablespoon of the basil, and the parsley; set aside. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese and goat cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons chives, remaining 2 tablespoons basil, the pepper, and garlic. Form into a ball.

2. Roll ball in herb mixture. Wrap and chill cheese ball for 4 to 24 hours. Makes twelve 2-tablespoon servings.

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~ Tuesday Recipe: Shrimp Tortillas with Mango Salad

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

A yummy lunch or dinner meal that will awaken your taste buds and offers a healthy solution too. Today’s recipe features an alternative to the standard beef taco in five steps: Shrimp Tortillas with Mango Salad.

What You’ll Need:

- 40 raw tiger shrimp, shell off, tail on, deveined

- 8 flour tortillas

- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

- 1 red pepper, seeded and finely sliced

- 1/2 red onion, finely sliced

- 3 scallions, finely sliced on the diagonal

- 2 ripe but firm mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced

- 1 red chili, seeded and finely diced

- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved

- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice

- 6 radishes, finely sliced

- 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves

- 1 teaspoon chopped mint

-  Juice of 2 limes and zest of 1 lime

- 1 tablespoon nam pla (fish sauce)

- 1 tablespoon honey

- Cilantro sprigs and lime wedges, to serve


1. For the mango salad, combine red onion, scallions, mangoes, red chili, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, cilantro leaves, mint, lime juice, lime zest, nam pla and honey in a bowl. Check the seasoning and refrigerate.

2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

3. Spray a griddle pan with oil, set the heat to high, then pan-fry the shrimp for 1 minute on each side. Now add the garlic and pepper and cook for another minute, tossing the shrimp from time to time.

4. Meanwhile, wrap the tortillas in foil and place in the oven to warm through.

5. To serve, fold the tortillas in four and place two on each plate with 10 shrimp on top, accompanied by the mango salad. Garnish with some cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Have your guests make their own tortillas for a festive dining atmosphere. Serves 4.

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