A bowl of dry-roasted chile peanuts.

Chile Peanuts

Forget plain old peanuts. This titillating take on spiced nuts adds paprika and chili powder without subtracting anything from their beer friendly quotient.

Crispy chocolate-filled pastry triangles and two glasses of dessert wine on a silver tray

Chocolate-Filled Phyllo Triangles

These triangles are like a crunchy pain au chocolat, with phyllo replacing the yeasted dough. Dab a little raspberry jam on top of the chocolate before folding.

Brown bowl of spicy Swiss potato soup with scallion, Gruyere cheese, and potatoes on top

Spicy Swiss Potato Soup

Use leftover mashed potatoes for this spicy soup with Gruyere cheese. Cayenne pepper supplies the heat and scallions add the right amount of onion flavor.

A blue and white tea cup filled with yellow pumpkin-cider soup

Pumpkin-Cider Soup

This pumpkin soup gets a boost from apples and a bite from a cupful of Irish cider. The soup, with its intense pumpkin flavor, makes for great fall fare.

Three chocolate sesame balls in a colorful dish, with one broken open to show the melted chocolate inside.

Chocolate Sesame Balls

A sweet, gluten-free rice flour dough makes a snug casing for dark chocolate molded into a ball shape. The balls are coated in sesame seeds and then deep-fried.