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Hi, Hungry Girl!

My friends and I decided we're going to have a Hungry Girl dinner party -- each of us will prepare and bring a Hungry Girl dish. I was wondering if you have any recipe suggestions for appetizers, main dishes, sides, desserts, etc., that are "dinner-party-worthy." You know, a little more special than the average menu! Thanks so much!

Party Girl
Dear Party Girl,

That is a GREAT question, and it really made me think. OK... I'm going to list some of my favorites here. A bunch can be found on the site or in our first book, and some are brand-new recipes from Hungry Girl 200 Under 200. That book has entire chapters of recipes that are great for parties, like Start Me Up! (appetizers), Dip It Good (dips and dippers), and Yo, Cupcake! (duh, cupcakes). Here goes...

Appetizers - De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket, Four-Cheese Stuffed-Silly Mushrooms, and Mmmm-azing Mini Mushroom Tartlets are all GREAT. Plus, they travel pretty well, so you can easily make 'em in advance.

Main Courses - I LOOOOOVE So Low Mein w/ Chicken, EZ Tomato Basil Chicken, Saucy BBQ Seafood Skewers, and Crazy-Good Turkey Taco Meatloaf -- all REALLY delicious. In fact, I recently went to a party where they served Turkey Taco MEATBALLS made from our meatloaf recipe!

Sides - My all-time favorite may be the 2-Good Twice-Baked Potato. I also love the Portabella Skins (a.k.a. Skinny "Skins") and Miracle Mashies.

Desserts - Go for the Death by Chocolate Cone Cakes. Only 93 calories each, and they are SO GOOD (and so good-looking!). Or whip up some 104-Calorie Creme Brulee if you're feeling adventurous. YUM!

OK, now I am STARVING. Hope your dinner party is a success -- let me know where it is and maybe I'll crash it! :)


I've got a recipe Q for you. Over time, do you ever change your recipes at all or make little tweaks that actually improve them?

Just Curious
Dear Just Curious,

So weird that you asked -- this just happened to us! We were making our (ridiculously delicious) H-O-T Hot Boneless Buffalo Wings for an Extra segment, and we realized we mistakenly purchased plain Pringles instead of the Barbecue ones (oops!). I decided to use BBQ Popchips in place of the Pringles -- we always have bazillions of bags of Popchips on hand, since we love them so much. The wings turned out better than EVER. That sort of thing happens from time to time. Another example is our Chicken Pot Pockets -- I've been making those with more chicken these days (because I am a maniac for protein). And we're always trying out new ways to make our Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries as crispy as possible. (Click & scroll for our latest tips!) The lesson here is that recipes are living, breathing things that can change. Okay, that is a TOTAL lie -- they don't breathe at all and they aren't alive. But they can definitely change! And I encourage you to tweak 'em and put your own touch on them, if that's your style. Do YOU have a cool spin on an HG recipe? Click here to tell us about it. Have fun cooking!

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