NEW YEAR’S DAY APPETIZERS

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Our family Christmas celebration wasn’t until Saturday, December 27, so this year Dan the Man and I celebrated December 25 at home alone.  I decided that we needed to start a new tradition that I named “Apps and Naps.”  I fixed a bunch of appetizers (apps) and just by accident (!), we took naps on the couch.   You may want to co-opt this idea for your January-1st-I’m-on-the-couch-with-a-hangover New Year’s Day.  Our naps were successful, as were most of the appetizers, though I did have a few app failures (CRAP ALERT!).

The appetizers seen in the picture above were called Mini Hummus and Roasted Pepper Phyllo Bites.  I got the recipe here:  http://www.cookincanuck.com/2014/12/mini-hummus-roasted-pepper-phyllo-bites-recipe/.  I didn’t use roasted red peppers; instead I chose red pepper hummus.  While I enjoyed the taste, the phyllo cups got quickly soggy, and Dan the Man picked off all the cucumber.

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These bites are called Easy Three Cheese Pinwheel Appetizers from http://www.kissrecipe.com/2013/12/easy-three-cheese-pinwheel-appetizers.html.  They were indeed easy to make, but the appetizer tasted too much like dough and too little like cheese.  Regardless, we (mostly me) ate them all.

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We had crackers with cream cheese and roasted raspberry chipotle sauce — one of my favorites.  I use a little of the cream cheese to make the pinwheels, so when I cut the remaining six ounces of the cream cheese to try to make the appetizer look like a Christmas tree shape, it was very short and squatty.  Oh well, it tasted good.

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I cut a few beautiful red pears into slices and sprinkled grated sharp cheddar over the top.  Yum!

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I also served a tray of assorted cheeses, summer sausage, green olives, and sweet pickles.  This is one of our favorite casual meals that we often enjoy with bread and a bottle of wine.

Next time Dan the Man and I have an Apps and Naps evening, I’ll ditch the first two appetizers and try some other recipes.  Any suggestions?

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