Q: My mom has tasked me with an appetizer for Thanksgiving. My family is generally pretty un-adventurous when it comes to food, but I also don't want something like cheese and crackers, or something too filling before the large meal.
Any ideas for something that's light, interesting (for me), and yet not too "scary" (for the rest of the fam)?
Sent by Shannon
Editor: Shannon, what about a freshened-up relish tray? You could even make some homemade pickles or chutneys, satisfying your desire for something a little more interesting, but also include old favorites and some soft cheese spreads (a smoked salmon or smoked trout spread would also be nice). Pickles and a bit of flatbread won't fill people up too much before the big meal, too.
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But that's just a start. Readers, what else would you suggest?
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