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It takes more than a beautifully burnished turkey to make a Thanksgiving feast memorable. In a good theatrical production, it is the supporting cast that brings out the best in the star.

Similarly, in the case of a festive holiday menu, the main attraction must be complemented by side dishes and salads that provide contrasts in color, taste and texture. Together, the meal becomes an exciting presentation, giving pleasure to the eye and the palate.

A table groaning with fragrant hot and cold appetizers will always be the star attraction at any gathering. A great way to get new appetizer ideas is to host an "appy swap" with friends. Make sure everyone brings their appetizer's recipe and suitable containers for taking home freezable samples.