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Wednesday, November 14, 2018



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Holiday treats without the hassle

Holiday treats without the hassle

(StatePoint) - It’s never too early to learn new holiday recipes to make the entertaining season easier. With only a few ingredients, you can quickly create drinks, dips and desserts, leaving you more time to socialize with family and friends at your next soiree.

Holiday cheer(s): Greeting company with a beverage at the door is a sure sign of great hosting. Easily create batches of signature drinks in a high-powered blender for everyone to enjoy.

Memorable holiday parties start with a toast before dinner, so why not surprise guests with a sparkling champagne smoothie? Blend your favorite fruit and yogurt flavors with chilled champagne for a fun twist on a special occasion drink.

As the evening winds down, offer a spin on the typical cup of coffee and serve pumpkin lattes. Blend canned pumpkin, white chocolate chips and spices with freshly brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg for the perfect holiday touch.

Deck the table with dips: Whether you want to serve a few light snacks instead of an entire meal or ramp up to a main course, dips are an easy way to keep guests full and happy. They require little prep work and can be stored in the fridge while you’re waiting for friends and family to arrive.

Change up an everyday cheese and crackers or veggie platter by making a traditional cheese fondue as a centerpiece. Blend Gruyere and Emmental cheese with dry white wine and seasoning to create a scrumptious appetizer.

Need dipping ideas? Try cubed country French bread or grilled asparagus spears, broccoli and cauliflower.
For a spicy twist, make a chipotle cheese fondue. Just add chipotle chilies and cilantro, and pair with tortilla chips. Create a salty and sweet variety by adding a chocolate hazelnut spread to the appetizer table -- blend raw hazelnuts, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.

Delectable desserts: The holidays can be a low-stress dessert season, as you can make large batches of cookies ahead of time. Amp up almond cookies or snickerdoodles with a vegan cinnamon glaze by blending tofu, soy milk and cinnamon in a high performance blender.

If you want to try something new and give guests options, combine two favorite holiday treats into one with an eggnog cheesecake. Whip up a smooth and creamy cheesecake batter in your blender in minutes.

‘Tis the season to have the best of both worlds in the kitchen and around the table. Keep your guests -- and yourself -- happy with simple recipes, and leave time to enjoy the next holiday get-together.

A pumpkin latte makes a delicious stand-in for post-dinner coffee.