December is a perfect time to clear out the kitchen. Raid the pantry to make these snacks, then invite friends over for a cooking-tool swap.
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Quick Recipes

Chunky Chickpea Dip

In a food processor, puree chickpeas with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and a pinch each of black and cayenne pepper. Add more chickpeas, parsley and sliced scallion; pulse until chunky. Serve with pita chips.

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Porcini Spread for Toast

Soak dried porcini mushrooms until soft; drain. In a food processor, pulse the porcini with sautéed shallots and olive oil. Serve on toast. You can also use up dried mushrooms (and odds and ends of pasta) in a cheesy baked pasta recipe, too.

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Figs in a Blanket

Stuff dried Black Mission figs with marcona almonds or other roasted nuts and wrap with thin slices of prosciutto. Skewer with toothpicks.

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Ice Cream with Raspberry Jam Sauce

Gently heat seedless raspberry jam with orange juice. Stir in white Lillet and spoon over vanilla ice cream.

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