All About Appetizers

The holidays are coming closer! Raise your hand if you’re not ready!

Now raise your hand if you are hosting one (or more) holiday parties and don’t know what you’re going to cook or serve. Here are some basic tips for navigating your way through planning, and shopping, for your menu.

The first things, of course, that you will consider is the who and the what: who is coming to your party (and also possibly, are there any dietary considerations) and what will you be serving. Because the holiday season is full of dinners and meals, sometimes it is nice to switch things up a bit and do an appetizer evening. Appetizers provide a welcome change to the often heavy meals that accompany the holidays: they can be lighter, there are smaller  portions, and a great variety of different things. It’s even better if you have your guests bring their favourite appetizer as well.

Here are some of our favourite ideas for appetizers:

A charcuterie or cheese platter: provides great variety and you can also customize it to include the cheeses, meats and crackers that you really love. If you have someone who has a gluten-free diet, swap out for some gluten free chips or crackers. Check out our Cheese Tray post for tips on choosing the best cheeses while shopping.

  

Dips: Dips are great options that are easy to make and a great time saver. Make any of your favourite dips up to a day ahead of time and store in the fridge. This not only helps you on the day of your party, but the flavours of the dip will be so much better once they’ve had a chance to mingle together for a couple hours. Check out our Roasted Red Pepper Hummus or our Fresh Salsa for the recipes and ingredient list.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

 

Finally, a baked brie is really my absolute favourite appetizer to enjoy at the holidays…well really any time. It does require a little more prep and will need to be baked before you enjoy it. Check out our cranberry topping, or if you want something with a little bit more crunch, check out our apple topping here

                                      Baked Brie with Apple Walnut Topping

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy entertaining and here’s to all the appetizers that you will eat this holiday season!

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Welcome to River City Cookery

We’re so happy you found us, welcome to River City Cookery!

River City Cookery was started by two Professional Home Economists, Elisabeth and Melissa, to share our passion for food and food skills.

We’ve noticed in our own lives that people don’t know what to do with food. We buy foods and ingredients, often for a single recipe, and have no idea how to to use it again. We want to help you gain confidence in the kitchen by both improving your skills and knowledge¬†about food and cooking.

In this space we will share trustworthy information about food and cooking as well as some of our favourite recipes. We hope to one day expand our offerings to include other materials such as e-books, online courses, and in-person workshops.

To celebrate the launch of River City Cookery we are giving away a copy of one of our favourite cookbooks – Homegrown by Mairlyn Smith! You can enter to win your own copy using the widget below.

Homegrown

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Contest is open to Canadian residents & will close on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced on Wednesday March 1, 2017.

UPDATE: Congrats to Amanda, who was the lucky winner of our giveaway!

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