Blue cheese, pomegranate and quinoa caviar makes a delectable holiday appetizer. (photo by Family Features)

Dazzle your guests with easy holiday treats

Creating a delicious holiday spread that your guests will love doesn’t have to be hard. Keep it simple and serve a table of tasty appetizers rather than a full meal, especially during a season when guests likely have several stops to make.
Cheese and crackers or vegetable trays are reliable starters that can serve as a precursor to any meal. For an easy and eye-appealing appetizer, serve a hand-crafted cheese inside a wreath of fresh rosemary and pomegranate seeds, along with honey and premium deli crackers.

Tostadas are a delicious way to jazz up dinner because you can place a variety of toppings on the crispy tortillas. (photo by Candice Brusuelas)

Candice's Kitchen Presents: Chicken fajita tostadas


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Chicken fajitas are always a win in my book, but never had I tried tostadas before.
Steven wanted to try them, and it was something I thought was boring and fruitless in the name of culinary variety.
Tacos are just fine right?
Tostadas completely exceeded my expectations. It’s like a miniature taco pizza with a pile of delicious toppings delicately balanced on top of a satisfying crispy tortilla.
This is a relatively simple recipe, made easier by using canned black beans and instant whole-grain rice.

Spooky Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty, savory dish sure to sate children’s appetites before they go out trick-or-treating. This beef casserole features ghostly mounds of mashed potatoes on top with peas for eyes. (

Halloweenies with Mustard Sauce are easy to assemble and adorable. Grab one or two quickly because they go fast at any Halloween celebration as all mommies know of these miniature mummies. (

Meatball Creepy Crawlers will have children wanting to play with their food. Never fear, these are love at first bite. (

They’re messy, but Halloween Sloppy Joes, with green olives for eyes, make a marvelous meal because they are kid-tested and kid-approved. (


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