For this year, our new appetizer will be this cheese ball (which I first made a few weeks ago when we hosted D&D, lol). Not my own recipe, I found it in Food Network Magazine's October 2012 issue.
When I made it, I used a very hot chipotle salsa and a whole, large jalapeño. I also cut the onion & pepper up in the food processor.
16oz (two pkgs) cream cheese, at room temp
1.5 cups shredded cheese (I used a cheddar & pepper jack mix)
3 T minced onion
2 T salsa
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp minced jalapeño
Stem of bell pepper
Doritos (regular nacho cheese flavor), crushed
--Blend everything together. Scoop onto plastic wrap and shape into a ball and chill at least for two hours.
--To serve, unwrap and roll in crushed Doritos until totally covered. Press stem of bell pepper into top.
Thanksgiving 2011: Roasted Yam Casserole
Thanksgiving 2010: Cocktail Weenies, Herb-Scented Roast Turkey, Apple-Onion Stuffin' Muffins, Sweet Potato Casserole, Toffee Apple Pie.
Thanksgiving 2009: Jellied Cranberry Sauce, Spinach Madeline, Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Cake.
Thanksgiving 2008: Good Eats Roast Turkey, Basic French Bread, Sweet Potato Balls.
Thanksgiving 2007: Bruschetta, Brie Mashed Potatoes, gravy & gravy tips, Old Fashioned Dinner Rolls, Herb Bread & Dipping Oil, Bavarian Apple Torte.
For a non-pumpkin, non-apple, super easy dessert: Peanut Butter Pie.