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I don’t know if you’re aware of it or not, but there’s less than a week till Thanksgiving.  I know, it crept up on me, too.  But don’t freak out, I’ve got the appetizers covered; you can’t go wrong with this fun idea.  You can make them in the morning, put them out when your friends and family arrive, and they can pick to their heart’s content.  These are light enough so they won’t compete with the main event, but substantial enough to keep hungry scavengers out of your hair while you’re shuttling a sloshing vat of scalding turkey grease across your kitchen. Think of this as craft project meets the cocktail hour.  First you need to decide what you want on your picks so you can gather your ingredients.  Next, set yourself up with a cleared space, some picks, skewers, or other long pointy objects, a cutting board, and a few small sharp knives. Then, go to town mixing and matching.  You can go with just one type of pick, or plan a whole kaleidoscope of different combinations, it’s up to you.  There’s something about having different bite sized tastes all layered up on a skewer that’s universally appealing.  …

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  • cocktail picks or skewers
  • small balls of marinated mozzarella cheese
  • cherry tomatoes
  • basil leaves
  • salami or summer sausage


  1. Thread each cocktail skewer with a tomato, a folded basil leaf, a mozzarella ball, and finally a small chunk of salami or sausage.

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