Holiday Appetizer Spread

If ever there was a need for quick and easy appetizer ideas, it’s over the holidays. At our house, holiday entertaining means lots of people celebrating with lots of cocktails, always with a little something to nibble along the side. Since I’ve written books about appetizers and catered holiday parties for years, I guess I’m...

Traditional tapenade is a Provencal spread made of olives, herbs and garlic, but in this iteration, I gave it a California twist with the addition of dried figs. One of my holiday favorites, this dish offers a great contrast in flavors (sweet figs, salty olives, tart vinegar, bitter nuts, and rich cheese) for a real...
Hot Mushroom Pastry

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at 365Barrington.com. This is one of my favorite do-ahead appetizers that you can freeze and simply place on your cookie sheet and pop into the oven as guests arrive. I’ve been making it for almost 20 years. The recipe was given to me...