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How the Japanese Appetizer Salad Became a Staple Meal Starter

If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant in America, you’ve experienced the pleasure of the pre-main course ritual. It starts with a piping hot bowl of miso soup and is completed with a small salad of some sort: shaved cabbage drowned in a creamy sesame glaze, crunchy iceberg lettuce topped with a chunky gingery miso sauce, or mixed greens tossed with slick wafu dressing.

You may have had a version of this at Spoon House Bakery and Restaurant, a wafu pasta establishment in Gardena, California with a famous “one dollar salad” that’s composed simply with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and

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An appetizer idea book inspired by wedding cocktail hours

“Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99).
“Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99).Handout

For wedding photographers Kiera and Cole Stipovich of Concord, some of their favorite moments to capture are during the cocktail hour. That’s when the bride and groom begin to relax, says Kiera. Snapping also the wonderful collection of hors d’oeuvres served inspired the pair to write the “Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook: 225 Simple, All-Occasion Recipes” (Chronicle Books, $19.99). The chunky, short hardcover reflects the Stipovichs’s career photographing weddings and their roots and passion for cooking. “We both come from families that are food obsessed,” says Kiera, who previously ran a

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The Best Appetizer At Applebee’s, According To 34% Of People

We love our polls at Mashed. And since we’ve been keeping an eye on Applebee’s — including exploring the real deal behind the popular chain restaurant and which of its menu items we feel rank best — it made sense that we polled to see which of its appetizers are crowd favorites. The results might surprise you.

In a contest among Applebee’s boneless wings, brew pub pretzels, spinach and artichoke dip, mozzarella sticks, and double crunch bone-in wings, we asked 644 U.S. residents which was their must-have Applebee’s appetizer. For the fans at home rooting for the pretzels and bone-in

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Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten’s Easy Appetizer Idea Is Just 2 Ingredients

Ina Garten has the easiest of all appetizer recipes — it’s so simple, it doesn’t even require instructions beyond some basic assembly. The Barefoot Contessa star pairs just two ingredients for a delicious treat.

Ina Garten stands behind a bar and pours alcohol from a cocktail shaker into a martini glass on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

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Ina Garten’s easy 2 ingredient appetizer is a snap to make

Garten’s healthy appetizer recipe is melon wrapped in prosciutto, with two amazing tastes that are perfect together. Since there are only two ingredients and no cooking involved, the “recipe” is as easy as wrapping prosciutto around slices of melon.

“Melon in prosciutto,” she said while demonstrating how to

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The Preseason: A Seahawks Fan’s Appetizer

We have all been there; staring at the menu, the anticipation of your food arriving while your stomach rumbles. You can’t wait for your entrée and decide to order appetizers to curb the craving. Whether you are feasting on delicious rolls or biscuits from Texas Roadhouse or Red Lobster, or passing the time with breadsticks and salad at Olive Garden, the appetizers are delectable, yes, but not exactly satisfying. You eagerly await the main course. 

Much like appetizers, preseason football temporarily satisfies the starving stomach for the return to the gridiron. At first, you stuff your face full of it,

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