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Mini Stuffed Lamb Meatballs With Pomegranate Glaze Recipe

Sweet and sour lamb meatballs packed with feta
Sep 16, 2014 12:00 pm
feta stuffed lamb meatballs recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

These mini stuffed lamb meatballs are just about everything you could ask for in a one-bite party snack: meaty, cheesy, tangy, savory and sweet all at the same time. Do not underestimate the amount of these people will eat, particularly the ones who realize they love ground lamb all of a sudden after years of claiming not to like lamb.  

Hold The Rye! Reuben Dip Recipe

In the mood for a melty sandwich? Dip right in.
Sep 11, 2014 12:00 pm
reuben dip recipe
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

Welcome to the party! Grab a cracker and get intimate with Reuben Dip, the most awesome snack on the table. Since Reuben sandwiches make for awkward party food, I decided to level the playing field and melt the sandwich filling down into a cheesy, tangy, corned beefy fondue. Or pastrami, of course. You can have your Reuben both ways, and now you can have it in gooey, melty dip form. 

Spinach and Feta Potato Skins Recipe

Dig into these crispy, cheesy potato skin "fries"
Sep 8, 2014 12:00 pm
spinach and feta potato skins
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

I love potato skins, but the combination of bacon, melted cheddar and melting sour cream can actually be a little too much even for a dish that's meant to be shameless. Don't shoot, I'm only human. Instead, I load my potato skins with creamy homemade spinach feta dip, sprinkle with parmesan and broil 'til crispy on top. That way you can eat more of them. 

Spicy Orange Chicken Wings Recipe

Hot, tangy party wings with a bright citrus twist
Sep 3, 2014 12:00 pm
spicy orange chicken wings
Photo: Alexandra Winsby

I love making appetizers that are two or more dishes in one. When it comes to snack food, hybridize all you want. That means not choosing between spicy popcorn chicken, sesame-orange chicken and chicken wings, because you can make all three in one delicious, deep-fried bite. Here's how to do it. 

Food Republic Threw A Summer Pie Party

With 24 of NYC's best sweet and savory pies
Aug 6, 2014 4:00 pm

On Monday, the entire Food Republic team decamped to New York’s West Village for a daylong test kitchen, where editors prepared (and photographed) a range of dishes while chefs from around the city stopped by for interviews. And when the work was done? A party of course, with chefs from 17 restaurants providing both sweet and savory pies. Seriously, 17. Here are some photos from the party at Little Owl: The Venue.

Pump Up Your Picnic: Kimchi Deviled Eggs

Tangy, spicy deviled eggs (with a secret twist)
Jul 23, 2014 3:00 pm
kimchi deviled eggs recipe
Photo: Mark Shaw

You may recall my zero-effort kimchi pickled eggs. You can make this recipe with regular boiled eggs or my magical spicy ones. Either way you're in for some fermented cabbage goodness. Kimchi and eggs are a natural pairing. The acid and heat cut the richness of the yolk, so it's only natural that during a deviled egg-inventing rampage I went with something like this.  

Buckwheat Salad with Goat Feta and Smashed Cucumbers Recipe

A hearty, flavor-packed salad for your picnic
Jul 18, 2014 11:00 am
buckwheat salad with feta
Photo: Mark Shaw

I love using buckwheat groats for cold salads — they have a unique and unexpected ultra-savory earthniess that just begs for something creamy and/or briny. I usually go with feta cheese, it's a natural pairing and since I discovered goat feta, I've been crumbling it onto just about anything. This healthy summer salad is my picnic go-to. 

Grilled Potato Salad With Feta And Dill Recipe

Tangy lemon-spiked potato salad hot off the grill
Jul 16, 2014 2:00 pm
grilled potato salad with feta and dill
Photo: Mark Shaw

Nothing ruins a great picnic spread faster than terrible potato salad. You know the kind I'm talking about: overcooked potatoes choked with mayo, lacking acidity and salt and just kind of gratuitously there on the table like anyone invited it. This grilled potato salad with lemon, feta and dill is that potato salad's hot cousin from the big city.

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