Food is a love language for many people. Whether it’s a fancy meal for a date night, cookies for the neighbors’ kids, food is an easy way to show you care.

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During the winter months when the weather is less than appealing, it’s always fun to host an informal gathering with friends! Throw together a few appetizers and have friends provide the drinks or make it potluck-style and have everyone bring a dish of their own.

When you’re thinking about appetizer ideas, it’s always fun to have a theme. Here are a few fun food ideas for casual entertaining:

Choose chips!

Instead of crackers, make things a little more crunchy and fun by using chips as the base and adding delicious toppings. Try these combos:

Blue Corn Chips with Sharp Cheddar and Prosciutto

Blue Corn Chips with Seriously Sharp and Proscuitto

Alpine Cheddar, Fig & Apricot on Sweet Potato Chips

Alpine Cheddar, Fig, & Apricot on Sweet Potato Chips

Get stuffed!

There are so many foods out there that make the perfect vehicles for stuffing. Choose a variety of recipes so there’s something for everyone. Try these:

Philly Cheesesteak Bites

Philly CheeseSteak Bites

Pepper Jack Stuffed Mushrooms

Pepper Jack Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Mac & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Mac and Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

Make-ahead must-haves!

With people coming and going throughout the evening, you don’t want to worry about having to keep things warm. Choose recipes that can be prepped ahead of time and served room temperature:

Maple Cheddar Kettle Corn with Apples & Walnuts

Maple Cheddar Kettle Corn with Apples and Walnuts

Bacon-Wrapped Pears with Horseradish Cheddar

Bacon-Wrapped Pears with Horseradish Cheddar

Whatever you choose, don’t stress over the food. Your friends will be more focused on enjoying each other’s company. Good food is just an added bonus!

Don’t really care about having a theme and just want to serve a little bit of everything?

Try these favorite Cabot recipes:

BBQ Pecan & Habanero Cheddar Dip

BBQ Pecan & Cabot Habanero Cheddar Dip

Spinach & Cheddar Soft Pretzels

Spinach and Cheddar Soft Pretzels

Cheese Stuffed Turkey Balls

Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Harissa and Mint Greek Yogurt Dip

Harissa Greek Yogurt Dip


Food is Love: Casual Entertaining

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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