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  • Potlucks with Pizzazz

    Warm weather isn’t the only reason you need to throw a party this season—and neighborhood block parties, family reunions, and potlucks are all ripe with opportunities for you to showcase your inner chef. If you’re bored with the same old buffet line—cold cuts, pasta salad, and puppy chow—here are some unique, healthy ideas to bring to the table.

    Share these innovative dishes with your friends and family
    By Erica Tasto
  • Caramelized Veggies & Brie

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    Serves 4

    1 7-ounce wedge brie cheese

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 cup onion, thinly sliced

    1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

    2 teaspoons sugar

    2 teaspoons cider vinegar

    ½ teaspoon salt

    ¼ teaspoon white pepper

    Soak 1 maple, oak, or alder plank, in white wine or water.

    Heat olive oil in medium skillet on medium-high heat. Sauté onions and peppers 10 to 15 minutes. Add sugar and vinegar and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper. Place cheese wedge on prepared plank and top with sautéed vegetables. Grill or bake at 350 degrees until cheese is warm and beginning to melt, then serve im­mediately with bread, crackers, or tortilla chips. Source: Plank It! Wrap It! by Tiffany Haugen

  • Asian Fusion 7-Layer Dip

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    Take a break from traditional taco dip and bring this unique flavor combination to the party. Serve with pita chips, whole grain crackers, or fortune cookies! Serves 8-10.

    1 ¾ cups plain Greek yogurt

    ½ cup sliced roasted red pepper

    1 teaspoon minced garlic

    1 teaspoon dried basil

    Salt and pepper, to taste

    3 ½ teaspoons green curry paste

    ¼ cup cilantro

    Handful dried red chili peppers

    1 cup water chestnuts, diced

    1 cup raw cashews, coarsly chopped

    ¼ cup green onions, chopped

    In a food processor, combine yogurt, red pepper, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper until mostly smooth. Spread green curry paste evenly on bottom of medium-sized bowl. Pour yogurt mixture over top. Sprinkle cilantro evenly on top, then add chili peppers, water chestnuts, cashews, and green onions.

  • Meatless: Nut Cheese Delight

    Though going meatless doesn’t necessarily mean being vegan and raw, it doesn’t hurt to forgo animal products and heat from cooking every once in a while. And that brings us to nut cheese. Typical nut cheeses are made from Brazil nuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts. As the recipe below shows, you can easily use almonds and hazelnuts as well.