Virtual Supper Club — Appetizers

November 19, 2009 | By | Comments (10)

0911-vsc-main-image"Appetizers" is one of the most searched-for terms on our website, and that's no surprise. Apps are associated with so many pleasant things — parties and social gatherings, a satisfying sampling of different small plates, and a taste of indulgence without the mass of a full-blown meal. Whatever the occasion, there's an app for that!

So we were delighted when our Virtual Supper Club bloggers chose appetizers as this month's theme. As the holidays approach, this is a great time to revisit old favorites (like the Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip that has become a staff all-time fave) and expand our repertoire with newly discovered recipes. 

If you love to entertain but feel overwhelmed by the thought of hosting a big holiday dinner, consider a tapas potluck party. Make a couple of simple appetizers (chips and salsa and shrimp cocktail never fail), supply the drinks, and ask each guest to bring an appetizer. With the right number of people, your table will overflow with goodies. It's a clever excuse to round up favorite folks without dampening your fun with a lot of work.

Here's what our Virtual Supper Club brought to the table this month. Make sure to visit their blogs for their full report on each recipe, and leave a comment while you're there! If you want to join us, post a link to your blog in comments.

Awesome Appetizers

Grilled Pepper Poppers — by Helene, from La Cuisine de Helene
Harvest Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Tartlets — by Shelby, from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
Windowpane Potato Chips — by Val, from More Than Burnt Toast
West Indies Shrimp — by Aggie, of Aggie's Kitchen
Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese — also by Aggie
Warm Cranberry Walnut Brie — by Jamie, of Mom's Cooking Club
Mini Crabcakes with Herbed Aioli — also by Jamie

Photo credit: Images courtesy of the bloggers (aren't they great?). Clockwise from top left: Grilled Pepper Poppers by Helene (actually, this was taken by her 15-year-old son, Matheiu!); Windowpane Potato Chips by Aggie, Warm Cranberry Walnut Brie by Jamie; Mini Crabcakes by Jamie; Pecan Pie Tartlets by Shelby.


Join the Club! The Virtual Supper Club is a group of Cooking Light readers who dazzled us with the idea of blogging CL recipes once a month. They live in two countries and several states, but get together (virtually) once a month to enjoy a seasonal menu of their choice. Please make sure to visit their blogs to read more and enjoy their great photos. If you're a food blogger and wish to join, post a link to your blog here.


  1. Keely Debruyn

    i love appetizers because they are one of the tastiest part of a meal aside from the dessert.;

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    January 9, 2013 at 8:31 am
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    April 1, 2011 at 3:29 am
  3. Belive

    no no no,come on ..Please tell me what are you doing?

    January 14, 2011 at 1:55 am
  4. Hannahkh

    I recently started a blog on cooking & great recipes! About 90% of my entries come from things I’ve tried from cooking light!

    July 6, 2010 at 8:20 am
  5. TammyR

    I would love to join this group! I have blogged about 2 CL recipes on my new blog this month!

    January 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm
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    Just did the griller pepper poppers last night, god reviews form my guests.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:23 am
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    I have been stuck with cranberry and brie wraps for years as my go to app. I am going to change this now. Thanks!

    December 11, 2009 at 4:35 am
  8. Amanda Grey

    Great! This look so good. Thanks for the review.

    December 5, 2009 at 9:01 am
  9. Amanda Grey

    This looks so good šŸ™‚ Great review. Thanks!

    December 5, 2009 at 9:00 am
  10. Valerie

    From the pages of Cooking Light I also made Sliders with Dijon Shallot Relish…so good….our virtual supper club had so much fun this time around with no two ideas alike.

    November 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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