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      The perfect holiday appetizer


      OK, you're having people over the holidays and you're starting to freak out. What can you serve them that will look impressive and taste good, too? How about bruscetta?

      It's fancy sounding but an easy to make appetizer they make at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth. In fact the chef there made it on NBC 25 Today and people raved about the taste. You can make it too. Here's the recipe. Later, see informtion on a special wine event coming up at the restaurant.

      Blue Cheese, Mascarpone, Prosciutto, Pear and Arugula Bruschetta 4 oz. mascarpone cheese 3/4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled1 Tbs. maple syrupPinch white pepperCombine the above ingredients together and set aside for later use.

      Balsamic glaze 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar2 Tbs. sugar, whiteBring to a simmer and cook until reduced and thickenedCiabatta bread, toasted cut into bite sized piecesWalnuts, toasted and chopped coarselyProsciutto, cut and rolledArugula leaves, washedPear, cut into wedges soaked in lemon water

      Assembly: Toasted ciabattaMascarpone cheese mixtureWalnutsPearProsciuttoArugulaBalsamic glaze

      OK, here's the wine event information from Bavarian Inn.

      HOLIDAY WINE TASTING Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2012 12:00 p.m. â?? 4:00 p.m.Sample a variety of wines great for hosting those holiday parties! Or, simply stop by for an educational experience on a variety of wines Bavarian Inn has available for sale. $.25 per sample.