Low-Fat Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups

I’ve had a lot of friends and readers asking me, “What appetizers are you making for Thanksgiving or holiday parties this year?” These Smoked Salmon Rolls are one of my favorite recipes. They are only 4 ingredients, and they’re completely simple to prepare. My kids love smoked salmon, so it’s also true crowd pleaser. What I also love about them is that you can make them them up to 8 hours ahead of time, and they make a great brunch recipe as well.

Holiday Upscale Appetizer: Uptown Fromage

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I made this appetizer for my dad’s 80th birthday dinner last week at my sister’s house. It’s really easy, beautiful and filled with wonderful flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto, oregano and goat and cream cheese. I got it out of the book, “Recipes Worth Sharing” by Favorite Recipes Press. It’s a great cookbook and has wonderful recipes for family gatherings and occasions such as this. Here’s the picture from the party with my dad, his daughters and granddaughters (I’m the one in the yellow and blue shirt).

Easy Appetizer or Main Dish: Cajun Shrimp Skewers

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My kids love shrimp, especially my oldest son, Alec. I can’t go wrong making shrimp at my house, and when it’s on a skewer, it’s even that much better. This recipe is so easy with the combination of lemon juice, Cajun seasoning, garlic and fresh parsley. It’s so flavorful perfect for football parties, Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizers or any weeknight main dish.