Tuesday, December 31, 2013

easy and quick appetizers

Asalamu alaikum

'peace be on you'
as spoken in Qatar and Saudi Arabia


Just a quick blog today,
with some easy recipes for last-minute entertaining!

Fruit Kabobs with Pineapple Dip
about 30 kabobs

30 seedless green or red grapes
30 pineapple chunks, each about 3/4"
1 can 8oz. sliced pineapple in juice, drained and each slice cut into 1/8
30 mandarin orange segments
1 can 11oz. mandarin orange segments, drained
15 strawberries, cut in half

**Prepare Pineapple Dip (below).
Place any combination of 4 pieces of fruit on plastic/wooden picks.
Serve with dip.

Pineapple Dip
about 3 Cups dip

1 package 8oz. Neufchatel cheese, softened
1 Cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 Tbs. honey
2 tsp. crushed gingerroot
1 can 8oz. crushed pineapple in juice, drained

**Beat cheese, yogurt, honey and gingerroot until creamy.
Fold in crushed pineapple.
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Sweet Popcorn Mix
8 Cups snack

6 Cups popped popcorn
2 Cups Cocoa Puffs cereal
2 Tbls margarine, melted
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

**Mix popcorn and cereal in large bowl.
Drizzle with melted margarine, toss to coat.
Mix sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle on popcorn mixture;
toss to coat.

Lemony Apple Cider
4 servings

1 1/2 Cups chilled unsweetened apple cider
1 Can 12 oz lemon-lime carbonated beverage (aka: soda pop)

Mix ingredients. Pour into ice-filled glasses.
Garnish with lemon slices or wedges as desired.

'Peace and Harmony' by Nancy Glazier

Bean and Sesame Seed Spread
(Middle Eastern)
2 Cups spread

1 Can 15 ox. garbanzo beans, drained and liquid reserved
1/2 Cup sesame seed
1 clove garlic, cut in half
3 Tbs. lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
chopped fresh parsley

**Place reserved bean liquid, sesame seed and garlic in blender.
Cover and blend on high speed until mixed.
Add beans, lemon juice and salt.
Cover and blend on high speed,
stopping blender occasionally to scrape sides if needed,
until uniform consistency.
Garnish with parsley.
Serve with pita bread triangles, crackers or raw veggies as desired.

Ginger Almonds
1 cup almond snack

1 cup blanched, unsalted almonds
2 Tbls. margarine or butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

**Heat oven to 350'
Place almonds and margarine in shallow pan.
Bake about 20 minutes, stir occasionally,
until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels.
Add salt and ginger, toss.
Serve warm.

Carruth Garden

and may you have a safe,
happy and healthy
New Year's Eve!!

'til next year....

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