Mangia Mondays:: My Go-To Appetizers

Hi friends, I hope you all had a great weekend and all re-charged for the week ahead!  I myself am feeling might grateful for the well being of my family and home after seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the families who lost loved ones, are displaced from their homes as we head into the cold weather season, and who face rebuilding their lives and businesses after this crazy natural disaster came out of nowhere and rocked their world.  The randomness of nature’s fury is a reminder that something like this could strike any one of us and change our lives in a moment.  If like me, your heart goes out to these folks, you may consider donating to the Red Cross today.  Click on this link to make a donation of any size to aid in the relief efforts.


This year as we head into the holiday season I am making a conscious effort to be grateful for my many blessings, and to make Thanksgiving and Christmas less stressful and actually enjoy the people I love, by planning, organizing and keeping things simple.

One of the things I do around the holidays is pull out all my recipes and envision the elaborate dishes I want to make.  I love to cook, but I have learned over the years that Thanksgiving morning or Christmas Eve is NOT a good time to try a new, involved recipe that blows up your kitchen and prevents you from getting in the shower at a reasonable time!!

For your sanity and mine, I thought I’d compile some tried-and-true recipes for quick reference around the holidays.  That way, we can spend less time looking for the perfect thing to make for Thanksgiving at Mom’s house and more time enjoying the company of our friends and family.  Over the next few weeks I’ll share links to recipes that my family loves and requests time and again.

Starting with……

These are recipes I have made many times over the years and hope you will enjoy!

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart @ Food & Wine
Baked Onion Dip @
Barefoot Contessa’s Crab Cakes @ Food Network
Beef Taquitos @ Family Fun
Cheesy Zucchini and Red Onion Flatbread @ SYL
Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps @ Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Double Cheese and Prosciutto Calzone @ Epicurious
Feta Cheese Squares @ Southern Living
Jalapeno Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms @ Evil Shenanigans
Jalapeno Popper Dip @ Annie’s Eats
Prosciutto Wrapped Appetizer Ideas (Shrimp/Asparagus/Pear/Avocado) @ SYL
Roast Beef with Rosemary Mayo @ Epicurious
Round Layered Party Sandwich @ Fabulous Foods
Salsa Baked Goat Cheese @ Epicurious
Sausage Cheese Cups @ Allrecipes
White Bean Dip @ SYL

Please join my Mangia Mondays co-host, Kristin of Delightfully Dowling, and me each and every Monday for recipe sharing and dishing about culinary delights at the Mangia Mondays blog hop!  Please remember to link back to Shine Your Light or Delightfully Dowling, or share a MM button in the post you are linking up!  Every last Monday of the month I feature great posts that caught my eye.

Thanks for participating…..I am so grateful for this wonderful community!

Happy week ahead, lovelies!