Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas, once roasted, take on the flavor and texture of nuts, making them a fun snack with drinks. Prepare the simple appetizer in under 15 minutes for any holiday cocktail party.
Fennel and Orange Salad
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.
Frisee Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Frisee has a slightly bitter taste and crisp, curly leaves. Pair it with a tangy vinaigrette for an easy side dish.
Replace the usual cranberry juice with pomegranate juice for a tart, refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. A lime wheel makes an eye-catching garnish against the garnet-hued drink.
Tortellini en Brodo
Tortellini en brodo ("in broth") is a traditional first course for Christmas feasts in northern Italy. Because it calls for only a few ingredients, make sure they are of the highest quality, especially the chicken stock (now is a good time to use any you might have in your freezer).
Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer
To get the party started, stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts
The red grapes' sweetness brings out the nutty notes in the sprouts. Walnuts can be swapped for almonds or pecans.
Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini
A good-quality jarred tapenade -- a salty olive paste -- makes these hors d'oeuvres a breeze to put together.