50 Easy Appetizers

These 50 easy appetizers will blow guests away at your next party! With everything from dips to finger food, you're sure to find one you'll love.

Do you have any go-to easy appetizers? When I’m entertaining, I often turn to a simple, seasonal crostini or cheese board, but at this time of year, when we’re hosting or attending parties more often, I start to crave new appetizer recipes. If, like me, you look for fresh, inventive party appetizers around the holidays, check out the list below. With 50 appetizer ideas ranging from reimagined classics to new, creative appetizer recipes, you’re bound to find something you (and your guests) will love! Happy holidays! Dip Appetizer Recipes Butternut Squash Hummus (pictured above) One of my favorite holiday appetizer…

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Stuffed Mushrooms

These easy stuffed mushrooms will knock the socks off guests at your next party! The savory, crispy filling is delicious over juicy roasted mushrooms.

Stuffed mushrooms are a contentious item in our house. Here’s why: Whenever I take a batch out of the oven, I choose one to sample. I take a bite, savoring the crisp, umami topping over the juicy roasted mushroom. Then, I reach for a second, but in all likelihood, the rest have already vanished! Jack can’t get enough of most mushroom recipes, and these stuffed mushrooms are no exception. But honestly, I can’t blame him. The filling – a savory mix of panko bread crumbs, pecorino, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and garlic – offers the perfect crunchy contrast for…

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French Onion Soup

This easy French onion soup recipe will rival any you've had at a restaurant. Topped with crispy, cheesy baguette, it's rich, savory, and comforting.

French onion soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I haven’t been able to find a good vegetarian version of it, because it’s traditionally made with beef broth. But since caramelized onions are what make it so flavorful, it seemed like a prime candidate for a meat-free makeover. After lots of testing (and lots of soup), I’m here to tell you that this French onion soup recipe is just as good as any made with beef stock. Swimming with velvety caramelized onions, it’s bold, savory, and delicious. To make it, I turn to my go-to ingredients for…

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

This baked spinach artichoke dip is a guaranteed party hit! It's deliciously creamy and cheesy, but shhh! A secret veggie ingredient is hiding inside it.

If you want to impress guests at your next holiday party, make this spinach artichoke dip! It’s creamy, cheesy, and rich with briny artichoke flavor. In fact, it’s so good that every time we make it, Jack and I devour it standing at the kitchen counter. We can’t get enough! But I’ll let you in on a secret: this spinach artichoke dip is made of mostly veggies. Sure, it’s loaded with the essentials – spinach and artichokes – but it also contains a surprising veggie ingredient: cauliflower! Instead of using cream cheese, sour cream, or mayonnaise to make this dip’s…

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How to Make Oatmeal

Want to learn how to make oatmeal? You're in the right place. Read on to learn about cooking different types of oats & find fun oatmeal topping ideas!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that oatmeal has never been my thing. But this fall, after I tried Amy Chaplin’s whole oat porridge recipe, I started to come around to it. See, in the past, I always had plain instant oats, which I thought were bland and mushy. But as I started experimenting with other types of oats, I discovered that, cooked the right way, oatmeal becomes a rich, creamy porridge that’s a fantastic canvas for seasonal toppings. Lately, I’ve been hooked on two topping combinations, and you’ll find them in the recipe below.…

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Easy Sugar Cookies

This easy sugar cookie recipe is fun to make, and the results are delicious! It yields lightly sweet, buttery sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating!

When I was a kid, my family’s sugar cookie recipe was the first thing that brought us back into the kitchen after Thanksgiving. We’d spend the weekend after the holiday rolling out dough, cutting out festive shapes, and decorating the cookies once they were baked. To me, baking sugar cookies still feels like the first sign that Christmas is on its way, and this easy sugar cookie recipe is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! It’s festive, fun, and simple to make, and the cookies themselves are delicious. They’re thick, delicate, and soft, with scrumptious crispy edges.…

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Baked Brie with Pomegranates

Prepare to fall in love with this baked brie recipe! The rich, buttery cheese is delightful topped with sweet, crunchy pomegranates and pistachios.

This baked brie recipe might just be the best holiday appetizer out there. Of course, it’s delicious. What could be better than rich, melty brie piled onto golden brown baguette with honey, fruit, and nuts? It’s also visually stunning, with a festive mix of red, white, and green colors. And finally, it’s simple. Baking time included, it takes 10 minutes to put together. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s parties, but it’s so good that you’ll want to serve it at gatherings all winter long! My Baked Brie Recipe When I’ve eaten baked brie in the…

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Oven Roasted Potatoes

Looking for a simple, tasty side dish? Try these easy oven roasted potatoes! They have crispy edges, creamy centers, and bright, bold flavor.

Today, I’m making the case for roasted potatoes. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seems like mashed potatoes and potato gratin are all the rage. Sure, these classic potato recipes are tasty, but oven roasted potatoes offer something totally different and equally delicious. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday side dish that your guests will love, this recipe is the one for you. Here’s why: Crispy potato skins. Is there anything better than crisp, puffy potato skins straight out of the oven? Creamy middles. Those crave-able, golden brown edges give way to super creamy centers, so each bite…

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Rosemary Focaccia Bread

You won't believe how easy it is to make great focaccia bread at home! Topped with rosemary and roasted garlic, it's rich, savory, soft, and chewy.

Nine times out of ten, if we’re making bread at home, we’re making focaccia. When Jack first started baking bread, he made lots of rustic ciabatta loaves. The ingredients were simple, and the bread came out delicious, but it required hours of rising and kneading. So when we discovered how easy it is to make really good focaccia bread at home, we didn’t look back. Since then, this focaccia recipe has become our go-to. It comes together in just 2 hours, rising time included, and the bread is rich and savory, with a yummy chewy texture. Because rosemary and focaccia…

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Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Arils

This rice pilaf recipe will brighten up any fall or winter meal! Studded with pomegranates, pistachios & herbs, it's a stunning, fresh holiday side dish.

How pretty is this rice pilaf? If you’re looking for an easy holiday side dish that doesn’t skimp on flavor, this recipe is just the thing for you. It’s simple, you can prep most of it ahead of time, and it’s richly flavorful. A spiced citrus dressing coats the hearty rice, nuts add crunch, and herbs give it fresh, aromatic flavor. Last but not least, a sprinkle of pomegranate arils takes it over the top! Today, we’re partnering with POM Wonderful because Jack and I love pomegranates! He likes to snack on them (especially out of the convenient POM POMS…

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50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Whether you're seeking classic Thanksgiving recipes or something totally new, you're sure to love one (or more!) of these 50 Thanksgiving side dishes.

Roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie may have permanent spots on your Thanksgiving menu, but if you’re anything like me, you like to throw new Thanksgiving side dishes into the mix every now and again. If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving recipes, read on to find over 50 of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. With ideas ranging from classics like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole to inventive stuffings and soups, you’re sure to find a dish (or two!) you’ll love. Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes I make these creamy mashed potatoes without any sour cream…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.