Start the year off right with a laid-back party where friends and family can drop in throughout the afternoon. These snacks, hearty mains, and sweets will stand up to all-day grazing, and the quantities are easily multiplied, so you have something delicious to offer all comers.
Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole. The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups. In our tuna casserole recipe, we cut the sauce with chicken broth, but there's enough milk to make this casserole feel indulgent.
The anchor for our sumptuous spread is a glazed bone-in ham. It's basted with a spicy-sweet blend of honey, fresh horseradish, and allspice, which helps burnish and crisp the skin. Horseradish cream amplifies the flavors in the glaze.
Whole-grain spaghetti gets striking color from a quick toss with pureed beets (a prime source of the phytonutrient betalain). Sun-dried tomatoes -- richer in lycopene than fresh ones -- lend the sauce a caramelized sweetness.
A mix of Dijon mustard, briny capers, chopped cucumber, and dill brings unexpected flavor and crunch to deviled eggs. It's easy to forget that these cocktail snacks are low in fat -- not to mention high in protein and calcium.
Peter Berley, former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen in New York City and author of "The Flexitarian Table," created this healthier version of a traditional family favorite."My mom liked to combine apple, celery, raisins, and walnuts with some mayo," he says. "It was one of the salady things she'd put out with the meal. My recipe is a postmodern expression of that. The apple is tart; the celery has a saline minerality; and the sunchokes provide earthiness. Treble, alto, and bass. Walnuts add the sweetness and fat, which really ties the salad together."