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Dip recipes run gamut from hummus, cheese, mushroom to accompaniment with fruit

Holiday entertaining isn’t complete without an interesting dip or two. Here’s a selection of savoury and sweet ones to try.

ROMANO BEAN HUMMUS

This versatile and nutritious hummus is perfect with vegetables or crackers but also works well as a spread on wraps.

For a chunkier version, use a mortar and pestle to make the hummus.

Recipes for potatoes au gratin, linzer torte from Ruth Reichl’s ‘My Kitchen Year’

To Ruth Reichl, recipes are a conversation and should serve as a stepping stone for readers to adapt them to their own taste.

In keeping with that, she uses a relaxed tone in her new cookbook “My Kitchen Year,” directing home cooks to add a glug of olive oil, season with a shower of pepper or toss in a hefty dollop of bourbon.

Recipes for potatoes au gratin, linzer torte from Ruth Reichl’s ‘My Kitchen Year’

To Ruth Reichl, recipes are a conversation and should serve as a stepping stone for readers to adapt them to their own taste.

In keeping with that, she uses a relaxed tone in her new cookbook “My Kitchen Year,” directing home cooks to add a glug of olive oil, season with a shower of pepper or toss in a hefty dollop of bourbon.

Bring stuffed mushrooms into the modern era (and to a party)

When I was a kid and my mom was throwing dinner parties, I noticed that one of her go-to appetizers was stuffed mushrooms. The fungi in the spotlight were plain old white cultivated mushrooms stuffed with a mixture of buttery chopped mushrooms stems, onions, breadcrumbs and a little dried thyme or cheese.

A cheesy, spicy cracker that’s good enough to give as gifts

When I was a kid, my parents sometimes brought home tins of deliriously delicious cheese crackers. I can’t remember the brand I think it was a British import but I do remember that my sister and brother and I would inhale them as soon the tin was opened. All these years later the flavour of those crackers, richly cheesy and spicy, remains burned into my memory.

A cheesy, spicy cracker that’s good enough to give as gifts

When I was a kid, my parents sometimes brought home tins of deliriously delicious cheese crackers. I can’t remember the brand I think it was a British import but I do remember that my sister and brother and I would inhale them as soon the tin was opened. All these years later the flavour of those crackers, richly cheesy and spicy, remains burned into my memory.