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Creations By April
(703) 421-7167
105 E Holly Ave Sterling
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(703) 796-9008
11204 Chestnut Grove Sq # 2 Reston
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(703) 742-0775
2949 Emerald Chase Dr Herndon
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(703) 319-1098
1778 Brentridge St Vienna
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(703) 938-8835
9601 Courthouse Rd Vienna
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(703) 404-4725
24 Ferguson CT Sterling
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Person To Prson Mnsteries Intl
(703) 406-2111
10714 Sugar Meadow Dr Great Falls
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(301) 983-3414
8416 Fox Run Potomac
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Grand Atrium
(703) 698-0228
2238d Gallows Rd Vienna
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J Ayers & Associates Inc
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14808 Wood Home Rd Centreville
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Party appetizers: Susan's 5-Minute Party Appetizers

Like most of us, Susan Boughner, an interior designer from Old Brookville, New York, loves to collect recipes. Over the years, she's gathered hundreds from family members and friends.

What's interesting, though, is that Susan has self-imposed guidelines about how much time she'll spend preparing dishes based on her collected recipes.

Susan

If, for example, she's baking a banana pecan tart for a holiday dinner, or for the family's annual Super Bowl party, time is no object. Susan happily spends hours preparing pastry for the crust, pastry cream, the pecan filling, and a warm caramel sauce to spoon over the caramelized banana topping. "I like desserts," she says, laughing.

For appetizers, however, the rules are different. Recipes still must be tried-and-true winners. And it's OK if party appetizers need to be baked. However, Susan's preferred preparation time: under five minutes.

Here are some of Susan's quick-to-prepare party appetizer favorites,∗ to add to your own collection:

Pasta Salad

Speedy Clam Dip

Makes about 2 cups

Blend together, and chill:

1 6-oz. can minced clams
1 cup sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. chopped fresh or dried chives
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Easy Spinach Dip

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Blend together, and chill:

1 10-oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 bunch scallions, white part only, finely minced
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
About 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

Fast Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Makes about 60 pieces

1 lb. package bacon
1 container pitted dates, about 30 pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut each strip of bacon into three slices; cut each date in half, vertically.
3. Wrap one bacon slice around each date half.
4. Place wrapped dates on cookie sheet; bake for 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp.

Photo credit: Tumbleweed BBQ

Quick Shrimp Dip

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Blend together, and chill:

6 oz. chopped cooked shrimp [or you can substitute a can of crabmeat]
3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. minced onion
1 Tbs. ketchup

Simple Crab Spread

Makes about 2 cups

6-oz. can crabmeat
6 oz. whipped cream cheese
4-oz. package of herb-garlic cream cheese spread
3 Tbs. sliced or slivered almonds

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Blend all ingredients; spread in small loaf pan.
3. Sprinkle with almonds; bake for 35 minutes or until hot.

∗Making snacks healthier

These dips and spreads can, of course, be made with no- or reduced-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, or cream cheese. Just adjust seasonings to taste.

Another way to cut down on fat and calories per appetizer serving is to add ingredients such as drained, chopped water chestnuts (to the spinach dip).

And regardless of any recipe changes, substitute baby carrots, red and green pepper strips, snow peas, fresh string beans, and broccoli or cauliflower florets for high-f...

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