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Dips

Pineapple Salsa

This is the perfect summer salsa thanks to diced fresh pineapple, which is much easier to slice into than I used to think. Red bell pepper and red onion add color, and cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice add mouth-watering flavor.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups Total time: 15 minutes
Dips

Mom’s Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Salsa is standard party fare, but this fresh, holiday-themed version with chopped jalapeño, red onion, avocado, cranberries, and cilantro is a delightful surprise. It went quickly when mom took it to a recent holiday get-together.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Munchies

One-Pan Ham & Cheese Melts

Guy loves his cooking magazines, and recently picked up a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens’ One-Pan Recipes in the check-out lane. The cover of the magazine featured this pan of ham and cheese melts, made with Hawaiian rolls, brushed with melted butter, chopped shallots, parsley, and garlic, and browned until melty and delicious. We made them for a weeknight dinner and then spotted them at the book club holiday party – they’re really great for any occasion.

Yield: 12 sliders
Dips

Caramelized Onion Dip

Last month we had an amazing vacation in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. After a day of hiking around Jenny Lake, we were ravenous and ended up at Signal Mountain Lodge for a very late lunch. We ordered their fried Brussels sprouts and French onion dip, which was better than any onion dip we’d ever had. Served with homemade potato chips, their dip was a creamy base filled with rich caramelized onions, like this recipe we ran across when we got home.

Yield: 2 cups Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Nibbles

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

We first tried chocolate-covered bacon at the Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress Avenue, and decided to make it for our friend Atticus’s bacon-themed first birthday party.

Making a double batch for a party on a warm Austin day wasn’t the best idea, but if you give yourself plenty of time and reserve this project for a cool day, the results are delicious.

Yield: 64 pieces Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Beef

Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef

This shredded beef, slow cooked with chipotle peppers, cilantro, red onion, garlic, ground cloves, and lime juice, feeds a crowd.

Yield: 30 tacos Total time: 12 hours 30 minutes
Munchies

Fresh Mozzarella Toasts with Spicy Herb Oil

These mozzarella toasts, alongside Roasted Chickpeas and crisp white wine, make an excellent appetizer course or light dinner with friends.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Munchies

Baguette Toasts

These baguette toasts are essential party food, served alongside White Bean Truffle Spread, Jamy’s Layered Goat Cheese Dip, and Mozzarella with Spicy Herb Oil.

Yield: 40 toasts Total time: 30 minutes
Munchies

Roasted Chickpeas

This healthy and addictive appetizer is as easy as opening and rinsing a couple of cans of chickpeas, roasting them, and tossing them with spices. As they cool they go from crispy to chewy – both textures are great.

Yield: 2 cups Total time: 45 minutes
Pork

Dad’s Pork Butt

For special occasions, especially those with a houseful of family, dad loves to make this pork butt. He rubs it with a spice mix, refrigerates it for 24 hours, and then cooks it low and slow overnight to ensure that the pork is fall-apart tender.

Total time: 2 days