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Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Homemade refried beans make this a stand-out salad.

Cherry Turnovers

Cherry Turnovers

The puff pastry crusts of these tasty turnovers get a quick sugar glaze when they come out of the oven.

Individual Cobb Salads

Individual Cobb Salads

According to the legend, Cobb salad was invented in the 1930s at the famed Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles. Our take on the ultimate Hollywood Golden Age salad—a rich combination of chopped lettuce, tomato, avocado, (soy) bacon, blue cheese, and eggs—needs just a little olive oil and lemon juice for dressing.

Oven-Fried Truffle “Chips”

Oven-Fried Truffle “Chips”

Short and thick, these oven-baked fries are modeled after British “chips.” Parsley, Parmesan, and truffle oil toppings give them a gourmet feel.

Mushroom Sliders

Mushroom Sliders

Sturdy homemade buns mean you can assemble these sliders ahead of time, then pop them in the oven to warm before serving.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

Once you’ve discovered how easy it is to make a great tomato soup, you’ll wonder why you ever bought canned. For party flair, use mini cutters to cut sliced bread into shapes (stars, footballs, snowflakes, or simple triangles), which you can toast and float on top of the soup. Note: this makes 8 appetizer servings or 3 to 4 meal-size servings.

Frosted Espresso Cheesecake Bars

Frosted Espresso Cheesecake Bars

A blend of ricotta and cream cheeses keeps these bars light and creamy. The filling is flavored with instant espresso powder, which can be found in the coffee section of well-stocked supermarkets. 
It’s more intensely flavored and dissolves better than instant coffee granules. To make ahead: Refrigerate finished cheesecake in pan wrapped in plastic wrap for up to one day. Cut into bars before guests arrive, and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

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