Mild Guacamole and a Southwest Babe Bowl

Cook's notes: Sometimes guacamole with a lot of garlic and jalapeno is tough to digest. Lime juice is more authentic, but we only had lemon juice, and it still turned out well. This perfectly mild version is delicious and easy. Serves 8 4 ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted 4 teaspoons lemon juice 1.5 teaspoons dried cilantro …

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7-layer Greek Dip

Cook's notes: Loaded with veggies and wonderful for parties. Serve with raw vegetables and pita chips for dipping. Layer the following in an 8x8-inch dish: 2 cups hummus 1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt, mixed with 1 teaspoon dried shallots and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Diced cucumber, about 1 cup (we spiralized 1 English cucumber …

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Menu Idea Roundup: Thanksgiving Appetizer Party

Cook's notes: Two excellent discussions at Chow and at thekitchn.com centered around having a Thanksgiving party with just finger foods and appetizers. As one reader noted, "a Thanksgiving cocktail party instead of the traditional gut-stuffing menu" sounds like a really fun idea. Notice that no one suggests a green salad! This party is one in …

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