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RECIPE: Nutella Latte

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The latte for Nutella fans. Photo courtesy
Cherry Street Coffeehouse | DeLonghi.

 

To all those who enjoyed our recipe for Nutella French Toast, here’s the drink to go with it:

It was created by Laila Ghambari, U.S. 2014 Barista Champion, director of coffee at Cherry Street Coffee House, a Seattle mini-chain, and a spokesperson for De’Longhi premium coffee machines.

She recently developed this easy-to-make Nutella Latte recipe, and De’Longhi shared it with us.

RECIPE: NUTELLA LATTE

Ingredients For One 8-10-Ounce Drink

  • 1 teaspoon Nutella
  • Prepared espresso
  • 2% or whole milk, foamed
  • Garnish: whipped cream, chocolate powder (sweetened hot chocolate mix), chopped toasted hazelnuts
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    Preparation

    1. ADD 1 tablespoon of Nutella to the bottom of the cup. Combine with prepared espresso and stir, then top with foamed milk.

    2. TOP with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate powder or chopped toasted nuts.

     

    If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like Nutella, here’s another recipe Laila created. There are no chestnuts or pecans (the typical nut for praline) in this drink, but she created it to evoke those flavors.

    RECIPE: MOCK CHESTNUT PRALINE LATTE

    Ingredients For One 8-10-Ounce Drink

  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey or caramel syrup or hazelnut syrup
  • Prepared espresso
  • 2% or whole milk, foamed
  • Garnish: whipped cream, shaved chocolate or mini chips, chopped toasted hazelnuts
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    Preparation

    1. WARM up the peanut butter and sweetener. Combine with the prepared espresso then top with foamed milk.

    2. TOP with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate or chopped toasted nuts.

     

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    Mock Chestnut Praline Latte. Photo courtesy Cherry Street Coffeehouse | DeLonghi.

     

      

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    PRODUCT: Tribe Harvest Carrot & Ginger Hummus

    Kudos to Tribe Hummus for advancing the enjoyment of this healthful spread and snack. In addition to a hefty standard line-up, the company continues to produce limited edition flavors to please the palate.

    The current limited edition, Limited Batch Herb Infused Olive Oil, is a delight, spiced with sesame seeds and za’atar† (also spelled zahtar), a spice blend that is very popular in Middle Eastern cuisines, including Israeli.

    Then there’s the new Farmers Market line, which currently includes:

  • Cucumber Tzatziki Hummus, with cucumber and dill
  • Harvest Carrot & Ginger Hummus, a favorite combination in winter soups
  • Vine Ripened Tomato & Basil Hummus, a newer version of the brand’s Sundried Tomato & Basil flavor
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    Harvest Carrot & Ginger, one of Tribe’s new Farmer’s Market flavors. Photo courtesy Tribe.

     
    *Flavors from the Tribe Originals Line: Classic Hummus, Cracked Chili Peppers, Everything Hummus, Extra Smooth Classic, Forty Spices, Lemon Rosemary Focaccia, Mediterranean Olive, Mediterranean Style, Roasted Garlic, Spicy Chipotle, Spicy Red Pepper, Sweet Roasted Red Peppers, Zesty Spice & Garlic. Classic, Roasted Garlic and Sweet Roasted Red Peppers are also available in organic versions.

    †Za’atar is actually the Arabic word for Lebanese oregano, a member of the mint family Lamiaceaea, that was known in antiquity as hyssop. The za’atar blend will vary by the blender, but includes dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds and salt. Some blends add coriander, cumin, fennel seed or savory. A Palestinian variation includes caraway seeds. To these spices, the unique components of Lebanese oregano and sumac berries are added. The sumac, ground into a reddish-purple powder that is a popular spice in Middle Eastern cuisine, imparts a tart, fruity flavor that differentiates za’atar from other spice blends.

     

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    Tribe’s Harvest Carrot & Ginger Hummus. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

     

    The Harvest Carrot & Ginger Hummus, in particular, has a festive orange hue that looks especially nice for holiday snacking. Served with a platter of crudités, it’s a better-for-you option among the rich holiday fare.

    The orange color also fits right in with Halloween and the entire harvest season.

    If you’d like to make your own, here’s a reicpe:

    RECIPE: CARROT GINGER HUMMUS

    Prep time is 5 minutes, cook time is 5 minutes.
     
    Ingredients

  • 1 cup well-packed shredded carrots
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about two lemons)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Garnish: snipped cilantro or parsley
  • Dippers: pita chips, baby carrots and other crudités
  • Preparation

    1. PLACE all ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times to coarsely chop. Then let food processor run for about 2 minutes until smooth.

    2. REMOVE hummus from food processor bowl to serving bowl, using a spatula. Serve with dippers of choice.

     
    CARROT TRIVIA

    Contrary to popular belief, baby carrots are not grown bite-sized. They are bred long and slender, and then cut into two-inch pieces and lathed to a uniform width.

    According to Web MD, carrots do, in fact, help with vision. They are high in vitamin A, a nutrient essential for good vision. Eating carrots provides the small amount of vitamin A needed for good vision. (Vitamin A is also be found in cheese, egg yolks, liver and milk.

      

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    RECIPE: Barbecue Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean sweet potatoes are over.

    You don’t have to make an elaborate Thanksgiving-style dish, or even take the energy to mash or whip. Simple baked sweet potatoes with a pat of butter are delicious. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like.

    You can go whole hog (pun intended) with little extra effort by stuffing the baked potatoes with pulled pork barbecue.

    This recipe is from Byron’s BBQ, which sells a delicious barbecued pull pork shoulder, cooked and frozen, at Sam’s Clubs. If you don’t like sweet potatoes, there’s a variation using the pulled pork with white baking potatoes, below.
     
    RECIPE: BARBECUE-STUFFED SWEET POTATOES

    Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 2 pounds Byron’s Pork BBQ, thawed
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed clean, and dried
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream, chopped chives
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    An entire main course: barbecue-stuffed sweet potatoes. Photo courtesy Byron’s BBQ.

     

    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.

    2. PIERCE each potato with the tines of a fork and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

    3. HEAT the barbecue according to package directions.

    4. MAKE a slit in the top of each sweet potato and season with salt and pepper. Top each potato with BBQ. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and chopped chives if desired.

     

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    Here’s what to look for at Sam’s Club. Photo courtesy Byron’s BBQ.

     

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEET POTATOES & YAMS

    The U.S. government makes mistakes. There are no buffalo in America; the big, wooly animal that roams the Great Plains is a bison—a different genus entirely. Yet, our mint produces a buffalo nickel. Hmm.

    So it goes with many other items, including the tomato (classified as a vegetable, but it’s a fruit) and the sweet potato or yam—the words used interchangeably, although like the buffalo and bison issue, the yam is from a completely different botanical family.

    You can’t fight city hall—or the Federal government or the produce manager—but here’s the difference between sweet potatoes and yams.

    Add while you’re at it, here’s the difference between buffalo and bison.

     

    RECIPE: BARBECUE-STUFFED WHITE BAKED POTATOES

    Ingredients For 4 Servings

  • 2 pounds Byron’s Pork BBQ, thawed
  • 4 large baking potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed clean, and dried
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 green onions (scallions), finely chopped and divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
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    1. PREPARE the pulled pork according to package instructions.

    2. PREHEAT the oven to 425°F. Poke holes in the potatoes and wrap in foil. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until tender. Alternative microwave directions: Poke holes in the potatoes and microwave on high for 10 minutes or until done, turning the potatoes after 5 minutes. While potatoes cook…

    3. COMBINE the sour cream and 2 tablespoons green onions. Set aside.

    4. SLICE the baked potatoes lengthwise and fluff the flesh with a fork. Top each potato evenly with the barbecue, sour cream mixture, shredded cheese and remaining green onions.

     
    ABOUT BYRON’S BBQ

    Byron’s has been making authentic American barbecue since 1957, when Byron Charleton started selling the homemade BBQ recipe that made him famous in his hometown for years.

    The barbecue is still made the same way on the same plot of land in Gallatin, Tennessee where Byron set up his first smokehouse. The pit master slowly smokes quality meat over an open-pit hardwood fire and slathers on a signature spicy-sweet sauce. The quick freeze technique enables the company to avoid any added chemical preservatives.

    Learn more at ByronsBBQ.com.

      

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    PRODUCT: Holiday Coffee Creamers From Baileys

    You can make your home-brewed coffee as special as going out for holiday coffee flavors. Just stir in some Baileys coffee creamers in holiday flavors.

    This year’s seasonal flavors are:

  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Red Velvet Cupcake
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
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    They join the other flavors, including year-round classics and seasonal specialties: Brown Butter Pecan, Caramel, Chocolatini, Cinnamon Dolce, Crème Brûlée, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Mudslide, The Original Irish Cream, Toffee Almond Cream, Triple Sweet Cream, Sweet Italian Biscotti and Vanilla Brown Sugar.

    Bet you didn’t know there were that many different Baileys creamers! The next time you have people over for coffee, you can set out an entire flavored creamer tasting bar.

     

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    White Chocolate Peppermint Bark creamer. Photo courtesy Baileys.

     
    The creamers are available nationwide. For more information head to BaileysCreamers.com.

      

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    PRODUCT: Maille Dijon Mustard With Balsamic Vinegar Of Modena

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    Two favorite flavors together: Dijon mustard
    and balsamic vinegar. Photo by Hannah
    Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

     

    Often, the nicest gift you can bring to a party or dinner hosted by a foodie is something knew he or she probably hasn’t tried.

    We nominate Maille’s new Honey Dijon Mustard with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Together, the two classic flavors create a flavorful yet mellow blend that’s not quite as sharp as classic Dijon mustard. At 10 calories per teaspoon, it’s low in calories and high on flavor.

    We love basic Dijon mustard, but it’s that much special—similar to Edmond Fallot Gingerbread Mustard we wrote about recently.

    As you might imagine, there are countless ways you can use fine mustard to enhance almost anything on your plate.

    The product, which is a medium brown color as opposed to conventional yellow Dijon, just arrived in the U.S. Until recently, it has only been available at Maille’s European boutiques in Dijon, Paris and London.

    Get yours online at MyBrands.com for $9.89 per jar (7.9 oz/225g).

     

    SERVING SUGGESTIONS

  • As a condiment and with cheeses, cold cuts, pâtes, roasted meats and vegetables.
  • As a sandwich spread.
  • In vinaigrettes and dips.
  • In glazes and marinades.
  • In a sauce: Use it with wine to deglaze meat near the end of cooking to create a mouthwatering sauce. Here’s how.
  • As a seasoning in turkey stuffing, chicken and pork dishes, macaroni, potato salad (tuna, chicken, egg, etc.).
  •  
    You can find lots of recipes on Maille.us. Although we haven’t tried it, there’s a recipe for carrot cake that uses Dijon mustard!

     

    RECIPE: BALSAMIC MUSTARD & CRANBERRY SAUCE

    Combine the sweetness of balsamic with the balance of mustard in this new twist on homemade cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce can be made up to five days in advance.

    Ingredients

  • 2 bags (8 ounces each) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Maille Honey Dijon Mustard with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  • 1/2 cup water
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat to a simmer.

    2. REDUCE the heat to low and stir occasionally until the cranberries have broken down and the mixture is thick and sauce-like, about 20-25 minutes.

    3. REMOVE from the heat and cool completely before serving.

     

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    Cranberry sauce with balsamic Dijon mustard. Photo courtesy Maille.

     

    FOOD TRIVIA

    The Romans were probably the first to experiment with the preparation of mustard as a condiment. They mixed unfermented grape juice, known as must, with ground mustard seeds (called sinapis) to make burning must, mustum ardens in Latin. Hence, the name must ard.

     
    ABOUT MAILLE

    Founded in 1747 by Antoine Maille in Dijon, France, La Maison Maille stepped into history when the refined recipes first caught the attention of King Louis XV of France, becoming his official supplier of vinegar and mustard. Soon other European Royal Courts, including those of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Hungary, followed suit and granted Maille this significant honor.

    Maille is the leading producer of premium mustard, vinegar and cornichons in France and the number one brand of imported mustard in the U.S. Maille Honey Balsamic joins the brand’s U.S. imports, which include Dijon Originale, Old-Style (À La Ancienne), Honey Dijon, Horseradish and Rich Country mustards, plus Dijonnaise and Cornichons.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Turkey Leftovers

    You don’t have to look far for inspiration for your leftover turkey and stuffing. Butterball Turkey has an entire Pinterest gallery devoted to them.

    Beyond all the open face turkey sandwiches with gravy, triple decker sandwiches and panini are:

  • Turkey Empanadas, Enchiladas, Nachos & Quesadillas
  • Turkey & Cranberry Grilled Cheese (recipe)
  • Turkey & Cranberry Pizza (we love this recipe!)
  • Turkey Pot Pie (recipe)
  • Turkey Tetrazzini (recipe)
  •  
    But our favorite is a turkey, cranberry and stuffing wrap. Just spread cream cheese, mayo (especially chipotle mayo) or leftover dip on a tortilla, pile on the leftovers, roll and eat.

    You can do the same with lettuce wraps. Variations on a theme:

  • Add hummus to the tortilla wrap. Here’s a recipe from SheWearsManyHats.com.
  • Vary the filling in the lettuce wraps. Here’s a recipe with a Santa Fe flair, from SkinnyTaste.com.
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    Spread out a wrap and pile on the turkey and fixings. Photo courtesy SheWearsManyHats.com.

     

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    Toss turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce into a lettuce wrap. Photo courtesy SkinnyTaste.com.

     

    Here are more ideas for warps from Tom Leo, Corporate Executive Chef of Grecian Delight. He likes to give the traditional turkey sandwich a contemporary makeover by swapping sliced bread for a flat wrap.

    “A flat wrap allows you to incorporate more ingredients without the mess,” he says. “Everything from side dishes to sauces can be used to create a Thanksgiving-themed wrap.”

    Here are Chef Leo’s top ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers in a wrap:

  • The Basic Bird: Pile slices of turkey atop a white flat wrap. Add shredded lettuce and as much cranberry sauce as you like for a nod to Thursday’s feast.
  • The Traditional Turkey: This wrap is for the Thanksgiving purist. Pile sides like sausage stuffing and gravy atop the turkey.
  • The Vegetarian Wonder: Chef Leo’s favorite: roasted butternut squash topped with a shredded Brussels sprout salad and pickled root vegetables (here’s how to pickle the leftover crudités).
  • The Seasonal Spin: Add some poached pears, sugared pecans and brie cheese to your turkey wrap. Also check the appetizer leftovers: We had fresh goat cheese, pate, crudités and dip to add to the turkey.
  • The Full Bird: Top the turkey with a dollop of sweet potato casserole, strands of green beans, and a hint of cranberry, stuffing and anything else.
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    The great thing about the day after Thanksgiving: leftover sandwiches!

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Write A Thanksgiving Poem

    If you’ve got time to fill before or after Thanksgiving dinner, have a poetry jam.

    Have guests compose their own poems, or print out some of the many at TeachingFirst.net for recitation. Here’s our choice:

    A THANKSGIVING DINNER
    by Maude M. Grant

    Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
    Some of this and some of that.
    Get some turnips, peel them well.
    Cook a big squash in its shell.
    Now potatoes, big and white,
    Mash till they are soft and light.
    Cranberries, so tart and sweet,
    With the turkey we must eat.
    Pickles-yes-and then, oh my!
    For a dessert a pumpkin pie,
    Golden brown and spicy sweet.
    What a fine Thanksgiving treat!

     
    It could become an annual tradition, with judging and chocolate turkey prizes.

    WISH YOU A JOYOUS THANKSGIVING!

     

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    This heritage turkey breed is the Bourbon Red. Photo by Matt Billings | Wikimedia.

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Thanksgiving Tips

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    You need to use a meat thermometer when you cook a turkey. Photo courtesy Taylor.

     

    If you’re cooking for Thanksgiving, take a look at these 50 tips from top American chefs, courtesy of the Food Network. A sampling:

  • Plan ahead for leftovers by cleaning out the fridge today. Be sure you have enough foil, plastic wrap and storage containers.
  • Be sure you have a meat thermometer.
  • Leave the turkey unwrapped in the fridge overnight. The skin will turn out crispier.
  • Coffee beans in the turkey cavity? One prominent chef adds half a cup of coffee beans to creates “great depth of flavor.”
  • Rub the interior of the turkey for more flavor. Use concentrated chicken base (such as Knorr) or a homemade chicken-stock reduction and butter.
  • Insert metal skewers in the turkey thighs before roasting. Insert several skewers into each thigh. They direct heat to the thighs more efficiently, so the thighs cook more quickly (and the less time in the oven, the less time the breast has to dry out).
  •  

  • Spread a mixture of breadcrumbs, fresh herbs and pork fat under the skin of the bird. Particularly under the skin of the breasts, the pork fat keeps the breasts moist and adds flavor.
  •  
    Check out the rest of the tips. While some require advance prep, it will be next Thanksgiving before you know it!

     
      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Seasonal Sangria

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    Celebrate fall with Apple Cider Sangria. Photo courtesy Zulka.com.

     

    Sangria is a popular party drink, and you can moderate the amount of alcohol or use none at all.

    Here’s the version we’re serving at Thanksgiving, compliments of Zulka Sugar. Fall is apple cider season, so Instead of fruit juice, this recipe uses apple cider and sparkling apple cider.

    Cider s available in alcoholic and non alcoholic versions. In the U.S., alcoholic cider is known as hard cider. (See details below.) Find more delicious recipes at Zulka.com.

    RECIPE: SPARKLING APPLE CIDER SANGRIA

    Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup Calvados or other apple brandy
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) white wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc work best)
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • 5-6 apples, cored and sliced thin (use red apples for better color, or a combination of red and green)
  • Garnish: Cinnamon sticks
  • Optional: ice cubes
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    PREPARATION

    1. COMBINE the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Pour a little of brandy in another small bowl. Dip the glass rims in the brandy and then the cinnamon sugar. Add a few apple slices to each glass. Set aside.

    2. ADD the remaining cinnamon sugar to a large pitcher. Add the apple cider and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Top with the brandy and wine and mix. Add the rest of the apples. Chill until ready to serve.

    3. ADD the sparkling cider right before serving. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. Serve chilled. Add ice if desired.
     
    WHAT IS CIDER

    While in the U.S. and parts of Canada, the term “apple cider” is interchangeable with apple juice, in Europe a glass of cider is not kid stuff: It’s an alcoholic drink that many prefer to beer.

     

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    One of our favorite cider brands. Photo courtesy Crispin Cider.

     
    Usually made from fermented apple juice (although pears can be used—pear cider is known as perry in the U.K.), the juice ferments for eight weeks after the apples are pressed. The cider then matures or several months, is blended, filtered and carbonated.

    The result is a drink with the carbonation and alcohol of beer and the flavor of apples. As with beer, each brand has a distinct flavor profile and alcoholic content, generally from 3% ABV (alcohol by volume) or less to 8.5% or more.

    In the U.S., alcoholic cider is called hard cider, and it’s becoming more popular. Like wine, it has a relatively high concentration of antioxidants—but enjoy it for the crisp, refreshing taste!

  • Hard cider is best served chilled or over ice.
  • Cider is naturally gluten-free.
  • Cider is less filling than beer.
  • The apple flavor is all-natural (as opposed to artificially-flavored malt beverages).
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    TIP OF THE DAY: Cut Back On The Hors d’Oeuvre

    People who love to put out a good spread typically go whole-hog on the hors d’oeuvre. The problem, in advance of a big feast, is that those who have been holding back on eating in anticipation of the big meal may go overboard with the pre-meal tidbits.

    Guests may have eaten very lightly that day in anticipation of the dinner, only to be very hungry when by the time they arrive at your doorstep. They then dive into the platters of whatever you’ve put out: bruschetta, canapés, cheese, crudités, dips and spreads, paté.

    If they arrive an hour or two in advance of sitting down to dinner, by the time the main meal begins, they could be halfway stuffed. The solution:

    1. Let everyone know what time you expect to sit down at the table. Then, whether you plan a cocktail hour or multi-hour get together before serving dinner, everyone will be prepared. (If you’re the guest, call ahead and ask.)

    2. Limit what you serve to little nibbles—the kind most people won’t eat in bulk.

     

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    Mixed olives and caperberries with fresh parsley and pink peppercorns. Photo courtesy Foods From Spain.

     

    LIGHT NIBBLES TO SERVE

  • Olives, either by themselves or as part of an old-fashioned relish platter with gherkins, radishes, carrot and celery sticks (or the modern alternative, baby carrots and fennel sticks).
  • If you want to do something more creative, consider an olive platter with different flavors: plain olives with very distinctive flavors, such as Cerignola and Kalamata; a hot and spicy mix; olives stuffed with anchovy, blue cheese, garlic, jalapeño, etc.
  • Nuts, including spiced nuts, like Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds; or a selection of different nuts.
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    But forewarned is forearmed. You’ve slaved over that dinner, and the last thing you want to hear are guests groaning that they don’t have enough room for it.

      

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