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TACO PARTY PIZZA

MAKES 6 SERVINGS ¾ cup refried beans1 (12-inch) frozen ultra-thin crust cheese pizza 1 cup shredded lettuce ½ cup diced fresh tomatoes ¼ cup sliced black olives ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 avocado, sliced ½ cup crumbled tortilla chips Salsa and sour cream Spread …

QUICK KALE KIMCHI

MAKES ABOUT 3 CUPS 4 cups stemmed, tightly packed kale greens1 medium carrot, cut in matchsticks 1 small red onion, cut in matchsticks 1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon diced fresno chiles or to taste 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or sriracha or to …

COCKTAIL MEATBALLS WITH CRANBERRY MARINARA

MAKES 50 MEATBALLS Start to finish: 30 minutes 3 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno slices 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes Kosher salt and ground …

Holiday Wreath Centerpiece

4 to 5 types cheese cubes in different flavors: Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss, etc. 1 package fresh thyme sprigs 1 pound cherry tomatoes Mustard Butter Dip (recipe below) Cut cheese into small cubes, keeping flavors separate. Arrange cheeses in a ring shape on a decorative …

GUACAMOLE WITH TOASTED WALNUTS AND POMEGRANATE

MAKES ABOUT 3 CUPS 1 fresh poblano chile (see Note) 3/4 cup walnuts3 ripe medium-large avocados ½ medium white onion, chopped into pieces no larger than ¼-inch ( 1/3 cup)2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice Salt Seeds from ½ …

SESAME-GREEN CHILE PECANS

MAKES 3 SERVINGS 1 to 2 fresh serrano chiles, stemmed (see Note)2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 egg white 1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups (about 10 ounces) raw pecan halves Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In …

ROSES IN THE SNOW

MAKES 20 SERVINGS 2 tablespoons edible dried rose petals, plus extra for garnish (see Note)1 tablespoon pink peppercorns 2 teaspoons coarse salt 16 ounces goat cheese 2 teaspoons honey Edible gold leaf flakes (see Note) Pick over rosebuds, removing petals from centers. In a spice …

FILLO QUILLS

MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN 8 ounces softened cream cheese¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup prepared pesto, well-drained 1 egg 1 pound fillo dough, defrosted ½ cup melted butter ½ cup fine bread crumbs Combine cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, pesto and egg to make a …

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE POPCORN

MAKES 6 SERVINGS 1½ cups sugar¾ cup corn syrup 2 tablespoons water ¾ cup creamy peanut butter 4 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ tablespoon baking soda ½ cup unsalted peanuts, toasted 3 cups freshly popped popcorn, warm ½ cup chocolate syrup Combine sugar, corn syrup and …

CURRY-CHIVE POPCORN

MAKES 4 SERVINGS ¼ cup popcorn kernels 2 tablespoons olive oil Paper lunch bag 2 teaspoons curry powder 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon popcorn or ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped Toss the popcorn and olive oil together in a …