Avocado, Chickpea, and Feta Fritters

At 1 AM last night, my world came crashing down.  No, that’s not right.  At 1 AM last night, my closet came crashing down.  The shelves that had held my belongings for over a decade just gave up and gave out, and gave me a near-heart attack in the process.

Those shelves were where I stored my favorite cookbooks, as well as bottles of alcohol that remained after using them for cocktail recipes.  After collapsing, most of the bottles broke, which in turn meant my cookbooks and most of my clothes were ruined as well.  My whole room reeks of creme de menthe.  Happy Monday, right?

Avocado, Chickpea, and Feta Fritters.  Creamy, buttery, almost nutty patties, livened up with spices and tangy feta cheese.  These are great on their own or in pitas with tahini sauce! | hostthetoast.com

Just in case you’ve also had a rough start to your week, I’ve decided to put off the last bits of the clean-up process to share a recipe with you that’ll cure a bad case of the Mondays: Avocado, Chickpea, and Feta Fritters.

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Meatball Sliders with Pepperoni-Asiago Buns

Good things come in small packages.  Case and point: Juicy meatballs blanketed in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, all rested between mini pepperoni and asiago sprinkled buns.

Meatball Sliders with Pepperoni-Asiago Buns.  These mini meatball subs are packed with flavor and perfect for parties!  | hostthetoast.com

When you can fit something so mouth-watering in the palm of your hand, you can’t help but crave it for dinner.  Or lunch.  Or post-lunch-pre-dinner snack.  Or in the middle of the night.  Or as part of a party platter.  Meatball Sliders know no bounds.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Kielbasa Dip

Happy Friday!  Happy Super Bowl Weekend!  Happy birthday to my wonderful hand model / reflector board holder / taste-tester / incredibly patient boyfriend!

Sweet Heat Kielbasa Dip.  Jalapeno, hot sauce, and apricot preserves give this cheesy, meaty dip a ton of flavor!  Just throw it all in the crock pot and serve warm! | hostthetoast.com

Such skill.  Look at the finesse with which James shows off this Slow Cooker Sweet Heat Kielbasa Dip.  Truly a thing of beauty.

I’m not sure if I’m talking about his hand or the dip.  Both?  Probably both.

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Easy Ham and Cheese Pretzel Pinwheels

Here I am with another pretzel recipe, and I have to say that I’m not even the least bit sorry.  Especially because this time we’re not fussing around with making our own dough!  It’s easy to get excited about pretzel pinwheels that don’t take hours to make– simply pop open a can of refrigerated breadstick dough and you’re already ten steps ahead of the game.

Easy Ham and Cheese Pretzel Pinwheels.  These pretzels use refrigerated breadstick dough, so you don't have to worry about the wait required when making dough from scratch.  These come together in a snap and will be a hit at your next party!  | hostthetoast.com

Speaking of “the game”, these cheddar and ham stuffed appetizers would make an absolutely perfect party snack for your Super Bowl celebration this weekend.  Serve them with a little mustard on the side and a lot of beer to wash them down with and people will be begging for more.  You may want to make a double or triple batch.

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Cheesy Chorizo Cornbread Balls with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

If you’re anything like me in the way that your one, truest of all true loves happens to be Mexican food, and your second truest of all true loves happens to be appetizers in their many forms, then do I have a treat for you!  Also, we have a lot in common.  We may be kindred cooking spirits.

Cheesy Chorizo Cornbread Balls with Chipotle Dipping Sauce.  The upgraded version of Sausage Balls-- so good for parties.  Must have for the Super Bowl. | hostthetoast.com… 

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