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Q - L I V I N GEgg-citing holiday appetizers 101When holiday entertaining has you scramblingfor new ideas to make your guests feel jolly, 1/4 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons baking powderthink appetizers.AQtraditional menu like-baked 2 cups choppedNpecans or almondsO T E Sham or smoked turkey, served with classic1 cup (about 4 oz.) chopped dried datesfavorites, can be made into a more festive experienceby easily selecting a variety of mouthwater-cherries, halved1 cup (about 8 oz.) red and/or green glaceing appetizers to complement the meal.2/3 cup (about 4 oz.) semi-sweet chocolateWhen deciding what appetizers to serve, morselsconsider the flow and arrangement of the 6 eggsparty. Where will guests be eating? If there’s 1 cup sugarlimited seating, reconsider appetizers that 1 teaspoon vanillarequire a knife and fork. Hand-held, bite-size Additional halved glace cherries orconfectioners’ sugar,optionalPrepartion:In large bowl, stirtogether flour, bakingpowder and salt. Stir innuts, fruits and chocolatemorsels. Set aside.In small mixing bowlat medium speed, beatQ - Ntogether eggs, sugarOandT E Svanilla until well blended.Fold into reservedflour mixture. Pour intogreased and floured 9-cup fluted tube pan.appetizers are usually easier for guests ifthey’ll be standing and mingling.Variety is also important. Select appetizerrecipes that have different flavors, textures andtemperatures. A combination of hot and coldfood items will please any palate. Offering differentstyles like bread or cracker options,toothpick or skewer bites and hand-held fingerfoods is a simple way to add variety.TraditionalQrecipes, such as rumaki,-meatballsand deviled eggs, are still party favoritesN O T E Stoo. However, it’s easy to give them a new flare.Try this new Pesto Deviled Eggs recipe whenyou’re entertaining this holiday season.Pesto Deviled EggsServes: 12Ingredients:6 hard-cooked eggs3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese2 Tbsp. plain low-fat yogurt1 tsp. basil leaves, crushed1/2 tsp. garlic powderPreparation:Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks andset whites aside. Mash yolks with fork. Stir inremaining ingredients until well blended. Refillwhites, using about one tablespoon yolk mixturefor each egg half. Chill to blend flavors.Nutty Chip Fruit CakeServes:Q12- N O T E SIf you hate fruitcake, you’ll probably enjoythis cake. Rather than bitter citron, this cake isflavored with nuts, dried dates, candied cherriesand chocolate chips. If you don’t have candiedcherries on hand, you can use more datesor substitute raisins or dried apricots, figs orprunes for the cherries. No fluted tube pan?Use an angel food cake pan or a 9-inch tubedspringform pan.Ingredients:2 cups all-purpose flourBake in preheated300° F oven until lightlybrowned and caketester inserted in centercomes out clean, about50 to 60 minutes. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.Remove from pan and cool completely.Garnish with additional halved cherries ordust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.For even more appetizing additions visitwww.incredibleegg.org. ◗— courtesy of ARAcontentonlyonlineNot for Reproduction Q-Notes Not for Reproduction• more holiday recipes• entertaining tips• frugal festivitiesmore at q-notes.com!NOVEMBER 1 . 2008 • QNotes 29Q-Notes Not for Reproduction Q-Notes

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