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10 Easy Snacks to Serve with Red Wine (Because Watching Scandal is Stressful Enough)

January 28, 2015

Gladiators, you're going to need some sustenance tomorrow night, because Scandal is returning and it's bound to be a dramatic adventure. Our beloved Olivia Pope has been kidnapped. Who took her: her father, her mother, Andrew and Elizabeth North? Who does she love -- Fitz or Jake Ballard? Maybe, really, she just loves red wine?

The suspense is enough to occupy every Scandal fan until the show airs, so you probably haven't even thought about dinner yet. As Olivia Pope would say, consider it handled. Here are 10 foolproof snacks to enjoy with your glass -- or bottle -- of red wine:

Perfect Popcorn by Marian Bull

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Alice's House Truffles 4.0 by Alice Medrich


Greek Style Cheese Pies (Tyropita) by Alexandra V. Jones


Fig and Olive Tapenade by Kayb


How to Make Any Meatballs in 5 Steps by Jestei


Chevre Devils by gingerroot


Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches by Alice Medrich


Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings) by Sarah Jampel


Fennel and Mushroom Paté with Grainy Mustard by Laura Wright | The First Mess


Make jam for Olivia, because she probably never will:

Paula Wolfert's Herb Jam with Olive and Lemon by Genius Recipes

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Sunshine February 4, 2015
This post made me snort laugh ;) just watched the episode last night. I should of had wine and snacks. Maybe this week.
Melissa B. January 29, 2015
This post makes made me a new follower #gladiatorsunited
Ali S. January 30, 2015
The episode was really bizarre, don't you think?
Melissa B. February 3, 2015
OMG, Ali! Two words ... cray, cray. So much to say... so many questions... (!!!)
Kenzi W. January 29, 2015
You handled this post, Ali.
Ali S. January 29, 2015
Olivia is an inspiration.
Amanda S. January 29, 2015
I'm thinking I'll make that popcorn and serve it out of a giant wine glass. Excellent post!
Ali S. January 29, 2015
I like your style.
Suzanne January 28, 2015
Loved this post - great writing!
Ali S. January 29, 2015
So happy you enjoyed!