It's happened to us all. You're busily wrapping gifts or putting the stamps on those holiday cards, and the doorbell rings. Cousin Jimmy or your new neighbors down the street decided to drop over and say hello. You panic for a brief moment. It's been a busy week and there's not a whole lot in the pantry. We've got the perfect thing. From savory popcorn to quick salsa, these recipes will get you through the holiday season with equal doses sanity and satiation. Most are quick and use ingredients you probably already have on hand. The Olive Oil Marinated-Goat Cheese does use a few fresh herbs and needs to marinate for an hour, but by the time people start chatting and catching up, an hour whizzes by in no time. If you don't have walnut oil on hand, omit it for additional olive oil. Let the unexpected entertaining begin.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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