If you are like me, during this time of the year, it seems like each day brings a new and interesting kitchen challenge. This time, I needed an appetizer and I needed it fast. After leafing through my recipes, nothing really inspired me and time was running short. Well, one quick trip to the store and my appetizer was almost done. With a shopping list in hand, I dashed to my local store. My list read like this – 3 dried fruits, 3 cheeses, 2 meats, olives, nuts, crackers, and jam. Here is how I tackled my list at the market – first I headed to the dried fruits, in my cart went dried pineapple, dates, and cranberries, Off to the cheese section – cheddar with cranberries, Stilton with ginger and mango, and a nice piece of gouda with the red wax. Stopped by the olive bar and picked up 8 oz. of assorted pitted olives, crackers – I looked for three distinctive shapes, sticks, squares, and rectangles. Picked up a few roasted cashews, one package each; sliced dried chorizo and sliced prosciutto and one jar of fig jam. Quick, easy and out the door. When I got home, out came my holiday tray and quickly layered the tray full of my finds. My appetizer was ready – no cooking required and absolutely delicious.
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