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Mediterranean Layered Dip

Mediterranean Layered Dip

Mediterranean Layered Dip

This quick and easy dip begins with purchased hummus. It's then flavored with the Mediterranean flavors of feta cheese, olives and lemon. —Patterson Watkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tip: You can make homemade pita chips by cutting a package of pita bread into wedges. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; store in an airtight container.

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

Noodle Nibblers

For a tasty alternative to plain old potato chips, try the crunchy snack Lee Denney of Cushing, Oklahoma created from pasta. "The spices and cheese that coat the fried noodles give them a terrific flavor," she assures. "We love to eat them with soup, sandwiches or in between meals."

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Since I was a child, we've made buckets of this mix each Christmas for everyone. These days, though, I fix it for just about any occasion.—TaNauna Bunch, Grand Centre, Alberta
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Party Franks

Party Franks

Party Franks

"These tiny tangy appetizers have such broad appeal. I prepare them often for holiday gatherings, weddings and family reunions," relates Lucille Howell of Portland, Oregon. "They're convenient to serve at parties since the sauce can be made ahead, then just reheated with the franks before serving."

Sauerkraut Ham Balls

Sauerkraut Ham Balls

Sauerkraut Ham Balls

Cooking is something I've always enjoyed...particularly when I'm doing it for people who enjoy eating! This dish is such a family favorite that I'll buy a ham sometimes just so I can make. I'm a city bus driver who likes to swap recipes with passengers. My husband and I have two sons, 20 and 18.

Savory Cheese Ball

Savory Cheese Ball

Savory Cheese Ball

Blue cheese contributes a pleasant, tangy bite and olive a saltiness to this creamy cheese ball. For the optimum taste, let the cheese ball stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.—Jan Stawara, Howell, Michigan

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Whip up a batch of my savory, biscuit-like squares to complement dinner or whenever you need a yummy bit of comfort. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

These Mexican-style snacks will surely add sparkle to a slumber party spread! To make them, our home economists lined muffin cups with tortilla shells, then filled each with a not-too-spicy beef mixture kids can garnish with cheese, lettuce and other toppings. For tasty dippers besides, you could serve the cutout stars with salsa.

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

With or without the dipping sauce, this crunchy crowd-pleaser is tasty. The cranberry-Dijon sauce gives the fun snack plenty of tang.—Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, MA

Fresh Zesty Salsa

Fresh Zesty Salsa

Fresh Zesty Salsa

The addition of olives makes this salsa a little different from other varieties. You can seed the jalapeno peppers if desired. But if you family likes salsa with some "heat", leave them in.—Sharon Lucas, Raymore, Missouri

Lightened-Up Salmon Spread

Lightened-Up Salmon Spread

Lightened-Up Salmon Spread

Growing up in a small coastal town on the Washington Plate Peninsula, my daily staples were fish and shellfish. I'm always asked to bring this dip to family events. It's also great the next day on grilled sourdough bread with olives and tomatoes.—Susan Pettett, Vancouver, Washington
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