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7. No-fuss spreads: Flavored boursin cheese (a soft, spreadable cheese; look for it in the fancy cheese section at supermarkets), flavored cream cheese (buy at a bagel shop or mix your own), goat cheese and brie all make excellent instant toppers for bread or crackers. You can also make a tasty feta spread by mixing crumbled feta with a bit of water until you get a nice, smooth consistency. Want to turn these spreads into dips? Just mix in a little milk and/or water and stir until well combined.

8. Low-fuss dips + spreads: The easiest "homemade" dip in the world involves little more than mixing sour cream with powdered soup mix (onion is a favorite). For a lower-fat dip, you can substitute some of the sour cream with yogurt instead. Soup mix dip is cheap, fast, and basically tastes okay.  But if you can read a recipe, open some cans, and stir things around, you can make a good dip from scratch. If you’ll dare to adjust proportions slightly according to taste, you can make a truly superlative dip.

Some easy dips to try: 

  • Creamy Artichoke Dip (good with veggies or bread) see sidebar
  • Tapenade (good with bread)
  • Hummus (good with veggies or bread)
  • Veggie Dip (good with veggies) see sidebar


. Creamy Artichoke Dip

Drain a 14 oz. can of artichoke hearts (NOT the marinated kind). Roughly chop up the artichokes, then toss them in a bowl. Add half-cup mayonnaise, half-cup light sour cream, half cup grated romano cheese (substitute parmesan if you prefer), and 1 tsp. dried tarragon. Combine well, then transfer the mixture to a preheated 350F oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until the dip is nice and warm.

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Veggie Dip 
Mix 1 cup light sour cream, 2 tbsp. mayonnaise, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, then add any of the following: minced scallions OR red onions OR chive OR fresh chopped dill; and minced cucumber/ pepper/ carrot if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Too watery? Stir in some cream cheese to give it more body. Let the dip sit for a few hours, or overnight, to give the flavors a chance to mix.

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