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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 3 easy appetizers

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 3 easy appetizers

YouTube cooking show host Laura Vitale is visiting the TODAY kitchen to share a few of her favorite entertaining recipes for New Year’s Eve. She shows us how to make crispy feta-filled phyllo rolls, pull-apart pigs in a blanket and Italian-American antipasto skewers.

Crispy Feta Rolls

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If you love the combination of sweet and salty bites, these crispy feta-filled rolls will hit the spot. Briny feta cheese is rolled in filo dough, which is sprinkled with nutty sesame seeds and baked until golden brown. Serve alongside a spicy honey dipping sauce for an irresistible combination of flavors.

Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Helen Healey

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Easy appetizer recipes for your New Year’s Eve party

(Scott Suchman for The Washington Post/food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)


It’s a busy time of year for many of us. We’re often juggling who we’re spending time with and where we’re going, and picking priorities can be difficult. Sometimes our desire for festivity runs up against reality.

New Year’s Eve is a prime example. We’ve just survived weeks of gathering with family and friends, probably with a lot of cooking. And now we’re supposed to do it all again?

5 sparkling cocktail recipes for

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Peanut butter pasta could be this year’s ‘Nigella effect’ dish | Nigella Lawson

Peanut butter pasta could be this year’s ‘Nigella effect’ dish | Nigella Lawson

Fifteen years since she doubled sales of goose fat after endorsing it in a roast potato recipe on TV – and two since she meecro-wah-vay-gate– Nigella Lawson has revealed her bid for this year’s Nigella effect. And, promisingly, it’s cost-of-living friendly.

The anointed product this time round is peanut butter, the key ingredient in her “dreamy creamy” peanut butter pasta, and part of a new series of budget-friendly recipes created by the queen of “food kitsch” with the delivery company Ocado.

the peanut butter in the pan
‘You then mix the peanut butter and water into a paste. It takes time but eventually morphs into a
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One in three using Paul McCartney’s Meat Free Monday turn vegetarian after five years

One in three meat-eaters who follow Meat Free Monday (MFM) for five years and beyond turn vegetarian, a new study claims.

Research by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and MFM has found that more than 30 per cent of those who engaged with the programme for five years or more stopped eating meat, with 20 per cent of those who engaged for three to five-years.

The MFM campaign, which was founded by Paul McCartney and his daughters Mary and Stella in 2009, encourages people to eat a plant-based diet once a week. The idea is to help reduce

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Innkeeper’s owners sell coffee shop after 23 years

Innkeeper's Fresh Roasted Coffee current owners Mike Bond, left, and Johan Ewalt, second from left, pose for a photo with new owners Jessica and Ben Ketchum on Thursday.

GALESBURG — After 23 years of growing at the hands of Mike Bond and Johan Ewalt, Innkeeper’s Fresh Roasted Coffee will change hands at the end of this month. 

New owners Ben and Jessica Ketchum are Monmouth College graduates who worked in finance and healthcare before seizing the opportunity to own and operate Innkeeper’s

“All in all, Innkeeper’s is an incredible place just as it is,” Jessica said. “We don’t want to come in and change much.”

Jessica grew up in Abingdon and worked at Innkeeper’s in high school and college.

“That kind of started my love for the

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