Entertaining, Holidays & Special Occasions

Cabernet Sauvignon Vinaigrette
'When I have a few tablespoons of wine left, I use it to create my salad dressing for the next day,' says author of 500 Best Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades & More, George Geary. More »
Crab and Arugula Salad
Creamy avocado, buttery lettuce and crab come together in a rich salad that you can serve as a complete lunch. More »
Black Bean, White Corn and Nectarine Salad (Vegan)
This delectable salad with few ingredients comes together in minutes and is a win-win recipe; a breeze for you and a hit with the family. A dazzling dish perfect for the long weekend! More »
Mini Falafel Sandwiches
These crispy Middle Eastern balls are just wonderful for a casual get-together or long weekend party. Although we have created the perfect appetizer sandwich, these balls are just lovely all on their own or dipped into any hummus recipe. More »
Hot Szechwan Salt & Pepper Potatoes
You can hardly get more basic than potatoes and salt, but when the salt in question includes dried chiles, a little five-spice powder and Szechwan peppercorns, it's a whole different ballgame. Spear these on cocktail toothpicks and pass to your guests along with glasses of good cold lager. The... More »
Pickled Three-Bean Salad
In some circles, it is practically a tradition to have three-bean salad as part of a pot luck spread. This staple has a robust flavor that is unique. Having some on hand allows for easy preparation for any weeknight meal, long weekend or party! More »
White Beans with Orzo and Feta (vegetarian)
This is a quintessential Mediterranean combination — simple vegetarian fare that’s both healthy and hearty. It’s perfect for a long weekend, a potluck buffet, a bridal shower, or a simple (and healthy) weeknight supper. The oil-cured black olives add a real punch of flavor. More »
Over-the-Top Tomato Salad
"Whatever you choose to do," says Julia Aitken, author of 125 Best Entertaining Recipes, "Remember to have fun cooking and don’t try to tackle more than you can comfortably handle. Your guests would far rather enjoy a simple meal, in the company of a relaxed and happy host, than plow through a six-... More »
Herbed Quinoa Deviled Eggs
 Herbed Quinoa Deviled Eggs Quinoa contributes a delicate sesame flavor and a toothsome texture to traditional deviled eggs. Replacing the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt lightens this into a healthy snack and adds another layer of flavor.   Makes 8 appetizers   4  ... More »
Crispy Spring Rolls with Sweet and Hot Garlic Sauce
You are in for a bit of work when you make these spring rolls, as you will need to stir-fry the noodle filling, shape the rolls and then deep-fry them shortly before serving. Believe me when I tell you that they are worth every bit of the effort and are worlds better than the ho-hum spring rolls... More »
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