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Appetizers & Dinner Parties!

300 great Appetizer, Dessert & Dinner Party ideas and a fun "Wine & Cheese Tasting Party Planner" Enjoy these great Appetizer & Dessert recipes from our Spark Brothers and Sisters! Love, Vera

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Enjoy this fun collection of recipes listed from A-Z!

(324 Recipes) Created by VEHAMILTON1

Recipes in this Collection

Oscar Nominated Appetizers!
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Entertaining inspires good eating!

Enjoy my Step by Step "Wine & Cheese Tasting Party" Planner & Guide for entertaining.

And fantastic Spark recipes for Stuffed Artichokes, Avocados, Bruschetta, Caviar Pie, Chicken Liver Pate, Fondues, Goat Cheese Salad, Grape Leaves Stuffed With Lamb, Shish Kakabs, Stuffed Mushrooms, Shrimp Cocktails, Sushi and more!

Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

Oscar Nominated Appetizers!
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Travel around the world!

Fantastic Appetizers, Salads, Soups & Desserts from America, Asia & the Middle East!

Dessert Recipes for Apricot Cheese Cake, Black Forest Mousse, Chocolate Souffle, Tiramisu and more!

Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

Noni's Italian Stuffed Artichokes
Incredible! 5.0/5
(1 rating)

We used to love the spring when the artichokes came in. This is a whole meal in itself. The kids used to fight over the 'heart'. Even the stem is tasty!

Submitted by JONESEYJR55

Carbs: 54.3g | Fat: 31.2g | Fiber: 9.9g | Protein: 12g | Calories: 523.6
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Submitted by CSLUSHER

Carbs: 17.4g | Fat: 5.7g | Fiber: 7.6g | Protein: 16.5g | Calories: 173.5
Hearts of Palm & Artichoke Salad
Incredible! 5.0/5
(1 rating)

This is a slightly modified version of a Trader Joes prepackaged salad. This serves about one. This would also be great with a little low-fat mozzarella or Parmesan; or a little diced cooked chicken breast to make a meal salad.

Submitted by SERPENTINE

Carbs: 26.1g | Fat: 6.7g | Fiber: 10.7g | Protein: 9.2g | Calories: 177
Love Salad (Artichoke & Palm Hearts)
Incredible! 5.0/5
(2 ratings)

I made this recipe many times and always make it for my valentines day dinner because it's made with hearts - so I nick-named it 'Love Salad'. :) And my man falls in love with me everythime I make this.

Make sure you rinse all the ingredients and you will knock off over half the sodium content (nutritional values shown with ingredients not rinsed).

I've been making this with avocados since it was suggested by another member. Even better!

If you serve in martini glasses (as shown), you'll get 6 small servings.


Carbs: 13.7g | Fat: 18.4g | Fiber: 6.3g | Protein: 3.5g | Calories: 217.5
Asparagus Salmon Rolls
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I got this from BHG but I am subbing only 1 tsp of olive oil, ff cream cheese, and whole wheat pasta which I had to manually enter the nutrition information for

Submitted by CEKKI28

Carbs: 21.4g | Fat: 2.7g | Fiber: 4.6g | Protein: 13.3g | Calories: 161.3
Avocado Tomato Mozzarella Salad
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Super tasty


Carbs: 10.4g | Fat: 32.5g | Fiber: 6.6g | Protein: 12.3g | Calories: 377.7
Avocado & Shrimp Tea Sandwiches
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Light and delightful!

Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

Carbs: 5.4g | Fat: 3.4g | Fiber: 1.5g | Protein: 3.2g | Calories: 62.2
Asparagus and pea Risotto
Very Good 4.0/5
(1 rating)

This is a great Weight Watchers recipe. 5 points
You can make it Vegan by adding 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast instead of the pam. cheese. My kids love it!

Submitted by PPLUNICORN

Carbs: 38.5g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 2.1g | Protein: 7g | Calories: 227.7
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
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This is an appetizer my ex-mother in law made. NOT good for you, but I ate them and now I need to track them.

Submitted by DGRIFFEE

Carbs: 3.5g | Fat: 4.2g | Fiber: 0.7g | Protein: 2.8g | Calories: 62.5
Rumaki - Hawaiian Chicken Livers
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A must have for any Hawaiian Luau!

Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

Carbs: 2.2g | Fat: 4.1g | Fiber: 0.2g | Protein: 7.7g | Calories: 81.9
Two - Nut Baklava
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My mom loves baklava, and this is her recipe - hazelnuts and almonds make a killer combination in the flaky, sticky pastry (my favourite too, since I hate walnuts and pistachios!). I believe she got it from one of her schoolmate's parents when she lived near the Greek area of Toronto. You need a half sheet pan for this, which makes a lot - about 54 3" squares! You can freeze it after the syrup drench, though.

Submitted by JO_JO_BA

Carbs: 25.2g | Fat: 16.9g | Fiber: 2.1g | Protein: 4g | Calories: 259.1
Pistachio Baklava Cups- frm Womans day
Incredible! 5.0/5
(1 rating)

Submitted by GROSSARAMA

Carbs: 7.5g | Fat: 2.4g | Fiber: 0.5g | Protein: 1g | Calories: 51.8
8 Layer Black Bean Dip
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Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

Carbs: 14.3g | Fat: 11.6g | Fiber: 2.6g | Protein: 7.2g | Calories: 188.9
Very Good 4.3/5
(97 ratings)

My family absolutely loves this dip. It tastes just like a BLT!

Carbs: 1.5g | Fat: 3.8g | Fiber: 0.1g | Protein: 1.8g | Calories: 49.4
~1~ Wine & Cheese Party- Easy Party Plan
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Wine & Cheese Tasting Party

Let's plan a very easy, fun and casual Wine& Cheese Tasting Party!

This is a well rounded plan containing basic information about wines and cheeses, entertaining and building friendships.

Using some great advice from several food and wine experts, I have developed a fun and easy Wine & Cheese Tasting Party plan.

My purpose in writing these party plans is to share my experiences with you and to use expert advice to encourage and motivate you to live, love and enjoy life to it's fullest.

And my hope for you is that you will feel comfortable and knowledgeable enough of wine and cheeses to invite 6-10 friends over for an evening of wine, cheese, conversation and fun.

Love, Vera

Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

~2~ Wine & Cheese Party- Tastings Are Fun!
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"Tastings" are fun. Folks sample selections of wine and cheese, write down what they experienced on an index card during the tasting and share their feelings about it.

In a round table discussion, we all compare our answers to questions like, "Was the wine sweet or dry?" "Did the cheese taste smooth, nutty or peppery?" etc...

Our first expert, Marguerite Thomas, the Editor of, reminds us that, "Above all, a tasting should be fun."

"There are no right or wrong answers!"

It's all about fun!!

So, with that good advice in mind, let's plan our party. (cont...)

Submitted by VEHAMILTON1

Blue Cheese Ball
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Use low fat cheeses when possible, look for low sodium also

Submitted by AWBURT

Carbs: 2.4g | Fat: 9.7g | Fiber: 0.9g | Protein: 3.4g | Calories: 106.8
Potato Crackers
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Submitted by REKHAKAKR

Carbs: 3.3g | Fat: 0.6g | Fiber: 0.2g | Protein: 0.4g | Calories: 20.6
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