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Seasonal Spirit in a Snap:
Last-Minute Party Favorites

Sometimes you’re simply too busy to make anything ahead of time. Or, sometimes you are greeted by unexpected guests. And sometimes there’s no reason at all. But the truth is that sometimes, especially during the holidays, you find yourself needing to throw together an impressive dish at the last minute. When you have the right ingredients on hand, the right recipes and the right attitude, getting ready for any kind of impromptu gathering is a snap.



Crusty bread topped with creamy
mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. 

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Crostini layered with smoked salmon
and a herbed cream cheese.

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The Staples:
A Well Stocked Kitchen

These are the ingredients you’ll find over and over again in different recipes. Keep some (or all) of them on hand, and you’ll always be prepared to whip up an impressive nibble or two.

  • Balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • Big Y Wild Caught frozen shrimp
  • Bread crumbs
  • Canned vegetables - artichoke hearts, mushrooms, peas
  • Canned beans – navy, pinto, garbanzo
  • Food Club canned olives
  • Food Club canned tomatoes
  • Food Club canned tuna, salmon
  • Capers
  • Cheese – assorted varieties, like Parmesan and Cheddar
  • Crav’n Flavor crackers - assorted
  • Food Club cream cheese- plain and flavored
  • Food Club Dijon mustard
  • Dried fruits – cranberries, raisins, apples, apricots, dates, figs
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Fresh or Food Club jarred minced garlic
  • Frozen chicken breast
  • Frozen vegetables - broccoli, spinach, peas, carrots
  • Food Club lemon juice
  • Food Club mayonnaise
  • Nuts - Assorted
  • Food Club olive oil
  • Pesto
  • Salad dressings and soup mix packets (excellent for whipping up a quick dip)
  • Food Club salsa
  • Food Club soy sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce