Party food

With graduation right around the corner, it time to start digging out recipes and plan our graduation parties. Chicken wings, meatballs and finger sandwiches are great casual fare for your get together. – Pat

Party chicken wings

12 whole chicken wings (about 2 pounds)

¾ cup soy sauce

¼ cup water

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tips. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Set aside ¼ cup for basting; cover and refrigerate. Place the wings in a large re-sealable plastic bag or shallow glass bowl. Pour the remaining marinade over wings; turn to coat. Seal or cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain and discard marinade. Place the wings in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 1 hour, brushing several times with reserved soy sauce mixture during the last 30 minutes of baking. Refrigerate any leftovers.


Buffet meatballs

1 cup apple jelly

1 cup grape juice

1 cup ketchup

1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce

1 package (64 oz) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs

In a small saucepan, combine the juice, jelly, ketchup and tomato sauce. Cook and stir over medium heat until jelly is melted; remove from the heat. Place meatballs in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top and gently stir to coat. Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours or until heated through.


Barbecued chicken sliders

2 broiler/fryers chickens (3 to 3 ½ pounds each) cooked and shredded

1 large onion, chopped

2 cup water

1 ¼ cups ketchup

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon each salt, celery seed, and chili powder

¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

buns or dinner rolls

In a 3-qt slow cooker or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients except buns. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours in the slow cooker or simmer for 1 1/2 hours on the stovetop. Serve on buns.


Creamy Cole slaw

3 to 4 cups shredded cabbage

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup thinly sliced green pepper

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup lemon juice

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon salt

In a large salad bowl, toss cabbage, carrots and green pepper. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Chill for at least 2-3 hours.



• Add raw rice to a saltshaker to keep the salt free flowing.

• To prevent carbonated beverages from fizzing over, try rinsing the ice-cubes with water first, before pouring the soda in. This will work for all sodas except root beer.

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