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I have been gathering party recipes from all over the place for years. I'm one of the food crazies who spends most of her TV time watching "The Food Network" and reading book shelves full of cookbooks and cooking magazines just for fun, several of which are in the Library Section of this site.

The selection below is a combination of recipes found or created by me, recommended by friends or passed down to me from family members.

I come from a long line of very good West Virginian cooks so you will find a lot of that influence throughout these recipes.

All of these party recipes can be easily adjusted for number of servings needed and most of the drink recipes can be made with or without alcohol.

They are organized into categories to make it easier for you to get around. Find interesting party recipes below and click on the link to get to the full page.

Hope you enjoy them,




Hot Appetizers Cold Appetizers
Best Crab Dip
Beer Bread and Crock Pot Dips
Chicken Strips with 3 Sauces
Cheesy Olive Poppers
Sweet Potato Fries w/Fire Sauce
Reuben Crescent Bites

Peppered Meatballs
Goat Cheese and Pesto
with Red Peppers

Garlic Herb Pesto Dip
Warm Vidalia Onion Dip
Boneless Buffalo Wings
Green Chili Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Cheddar Chipotle Dip
Creamy Feta Spinach Dip
Pizza Mummies
Party Meatballs with Sauces
Creamy Crab Cheese Dip
Hot Chipped Beef Dip
Recipes For Canapes
Mango Salsa
Best Guacomole Ever
Sweet Corn Dip
Pimento Cheese
Sweet n' Salty Chex Mix
Spiced Pecans

Pineapple Pecan Spread
Taco Dip for a Crowd
Avocado Corn Salsa
Apple Caramel Dip
Amaretto Fruit Dip

More Dip Recipes
Tea Time Recipes

For more appetizers, click on a link below to see party recipes contributed by our visitors. You'll find great appetizers like Layered Greek Dip, Green Goddess Cheese Dip and Bunco Bacon Dip. While you are there, please share one of your favorites with the rest of us.

Bunco Appetizers
Football Snacks

Here is a quick video showing how to make a very elegant yet easy to prepare festive appetizer, courtesy of This would be perfect for a holiday party.



Cheese, Meat, Broth Fondue Dessert Fondue & Dipping Sauces
Traditional Cheese Fondue
Beer Cheese Fondue
Chili Cumin Cheese Fondue
Garlic Cream Cheese Fondue

Hot Crab Fondue
Bacon Cheddar Fondue
Pizza Fondue
Green Onion & Beef Fondue

Beefy Onion Broth Fondue
Garlicky Beef Broth Fondue
Mocha Cinnamon Fondue
Grand Marnier Chocolate Fondue
Butterscotch Coconut Fondue
Chocolate Caramel Fondue
Lemon Cream Fondue

Ginger Dipping Sauce
Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Balsamic Dijon Dipping Sauce
Cranberry Orange Dipping Sauce

We are looking for more fondue recipes. If you would like to contribute please do so here:

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Soups & Salads

Soups Salads
Corned Beef Lentil Soup
Tomato Crab Bisque
Creamy Shrimp Vegetable Chowder
Pumpkin Wild Rice Soup
Spicy Southwest Corn Chowder
Smoked Salmon Chowder

Potato Leek Soup
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
V-8 Taco Soup
Chicken Chili
Pam's Potato Cream Soup
Caesar Pasta Salad w/Lemon Peppered Chicken
Caramelized Apple Onion Salad
Oriental Bok Choy Salad

Southern Apple Slaw
Strawberry Salad w/Caramelized Nuts
Lime Cashew Jello
Pancetta Goat Cheese Salad


Sides & Breads

Sides Scones, Breads & Muffins
Mom's Turkey Stuffing Recipe
Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce
Cheesy Party Potatoes
Zucchini Twice Baked Potatoes
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
French Onion Bake
Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Wild Rice Casserole
Scalloped Pineapple
Roasted Asparagus
Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
Dilled Carrots
Two Potato Roast
Parsley Linguini
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Lime Cashew Jello
Warm Cinnamon Applesauce
Southwestern Couscous
Tex Mex Risotto
Amaretto Fruit Dip
Recipe For Fruit Scones
Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls
White Chocolate Berry Muffins
Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

Lemon Cranberry Loaves
Zucchini Date Bread
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Banana Bread With Mixins

Garlic Cheese Bread
Green Chili Cheddar Cornbread



Chicken & Turkey Beef
Turkey In A Bag
Turkey Burger Recipes
Mexican Chicken Casserole
Chicken Ciabatta Sandwiches
Ziti w/Pumpkin and Sausage

Chicken Marsala
Chicken Piccata
Peanut Chicken Kabobs
Balsamic Chicken with Thyme
Chicken Chili

Lemon Chicken Casserole
Cranberry Chicken Salad
Mole Poblano
Chili Chicken w/ Cilantro Cream
Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
Creamy Chicken Carbonara
Beef Tenderloin with Mustard
Horseradish Cream Sauce

New Orleans Sloppy Joes
Cabernet Flank Steak
Bacon Encrusted Beef Tenderloin
Crock Pot Corned Beef
Tarragon Beef Stew

Ideas For Potluck
Best Brunch Recipes
Pasta, Pork & Seafood Vegetarian
Four Cheese Spinach Lasagne
Creamy Chicken Carbonara
Zesty Tomato Pesto Pasta
Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Pine Nuts

Pineapple Glazed Tenderloin
Pomegranate Ginger Crown Pork
Kahlua Baked Ham
Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
Cheez It Salmon

Shrimp Monterey
Lemon Dill Crab Cakes
Chili Grilled Salmon Kabobs
Ultimate Fish Tacos
Lemon Tilapia with Capers
Best Crab Cake Recipe with Sauce
Sweet Corn Stuffed Peppers
Four Cheese Spinach Lasagne
Zucchini Twice Baked Potatoes
Zucchini Brunch Pie

Tomato Basil Tart
Eggplant Parmesan
Benedictine (Cucumber Sandwiches)
Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Pine Nuts

Zesty Tomato Pesto Pasta
Harvest Casserole
Ultimate Mac and Cheese
More Easy Vegetarian Recipes

Click here to see what other visitors have contributed, like Caramelized Pork Tenderloin in Peach Sauce. Do you have a favorite entree recipe to share?

More Entree Recipes

Need some recipes that kids will love? Check out my friend Marcia's page on Kid Friendly Recipes.

How To Determine Meat Doneness

One of the hardest things to learn when cooking for guests is how to determine when meat is cooked properly. It is probably my biggest fear when hosting dinner parties especially. The worst thing you can do is prepare a beautiful meal and then serve overcooked meat.

I came across this video which shows a no-fail, very precise technique using the muscle in your hand to determine doneness. From rare, to medium rare, to medium, to well done. Every type of doneness can be determined using this technique, perfect for home cooks like me.

I have never seen it explained quite so well so I wanted to share this video with you presented by Chef Jaime Carmody.



Cookies & Bars Cupcakes
Recipe for Scottish Shortbread
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Brownies
Pear Custard Dessert Bars
Raspberry White Chocolate Dream Bars
Toffee Mandelscotti
Oreo Truffles

English Toffee
Mystic Mint Cookies
Bourbon Balls
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Sweet Scarecrows
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Holiday Pumpkin Bars
Easiest Recipe For Cookies
Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes
Lemon White Chocolate Cupcakes
Zucchini Caramel Cupcakes
4 Halloween Cupcakes

Best Dessert Recipes
Cakes & Pies Other Delicious Desserts
Ultimate Keylime Pie
Upside Down Cake
Chocolate Amaretto Cake
Kahlua Eggnog Pie
Grasshopper Pie
Kentucky Derby Pie
Black Bottom Banana Pie
Pumpkin Dessert Recipes
Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream Squares
Irish Bananas
Creamy Caramel Flan

Margarita Ice Cream
Chocolatey Holiday Bark
Ghosts in the Graveyard
Spiced Cranberry Apple Cobbler
Grilled Bananas Dessert


Drink Recipes

Martinis Other Special Cocktails
Vanilla Peppermint Pattitini
Pear Vodka Martini
Green Apple Martini
Pomegranate Blueberry Martini
Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini

Cosmopolitan Martini
Pomegranate Cosmo
Pineapple Bleu

Easy Martini Recipes
Best Martini Recipes
Mardi Gras Hurricane
70s and 80s Cocktails
Cranberry Madras
Comfort Colada
Black Iced Tea Cocktail
Nutty Irishman Shooter

Original Irish Cream
Mint Julep
Limoncello Mint Lemonade
Bacardi Mojito
Golden Margarita
Pineapple Passion
Mimosa with Pineapple
Party Punch Warm Drinks
Apple Sangria
Mint Icetea
Recipe For Rum Punch
Tea Time Punch
Mimosa Recipe
Wassail Punch
Fruited Brandy Punch
Sangria Punch
Champagne Punch
Creamy Eggnog Punch
Warm Holiday Drinks
Fancy Coffee Recipes
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Warm Spiced Cider
Hot Apple Toddy
Mulled Pomegranate Sipper
Wassail Punch
Warm Christmas Punch

And if you want to see drink recipes that other visitors have contributed, like Sweet Tea Summer Cocktail and Sherbet Punch, click on over to these pages.

Easy Punch Recipes
More Punch Recipes
More Cocktails


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