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Spicy Tortilla Crisps with Queso Fundito from 'Salty Snacks'

When it comes to game-day snacks, there are few people I know that'll turn down chips and cheese dip (I'm pretty sure all of these folks are vegan anyhow). Even my friends who scoff at the concept of queso are known to sneak bites of the gooey stuff when they think no one is looking. It's not too hard to make either snack from scratch, but homemade versions are rarely more exciting than Tostitos. Enter Cynthia Nims's new cookbook Salty Snacks. She elevates chips and queso just enough to turn heads, while still keeping the dish oozy and comforting. More

Spicy Crab Dip

For my rendition of a traditional Maryland crab dip, I was actually inspired by the fiery Southeast Asian dish of Chili Crab, wherein fresh whole crabs are bathed and cooked in a spicy sauce of chiles and aromatics. The final dip is a Baltimore by way of Singapore concoction that is spicy and creamy with that "of the sea" flavor provided by the crab meat—a combination of flavors that will surely benefit any carrot stick, cracker, or chip. More

Classic Green Goddess Dressing

A classic West Coast dressing and dip, it was one of the most popular dressing in the country up until Ranch took over in the late 80's. Flavored with plenty of herbs and anchovies, and highly seasoned, it lies somewhere between a classic Caesar and Ranch, with the best elements of both. More

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasting a set of standard salsa ingredients first may add some time to an otherwise quick process, but it's all for good as the end result retains a freshness while gaining a tomato intensity, some sweetness, and a more mild heat the melds seamlessly throughout. More

Anchoïade

Anchoïade is a quirky alternative to tapenade made from just four ingredients: anchovies, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. Serve it as a dip for crudités or as a spread for bread, all with a glass of white wine or rosé. More

Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan's Muhammara

Unlike hummus or baba ghanoush, Muhammara is relatively unknown on the Middle Eastern dip scene. This blend of roasted red peppers and toasted walnuts is buzzed together with chile, garlic, cumin, and pomegranate molasses, a combo that gives the already sweet peppers deeply complex notes of heat, spice, and a mellow tartness. This already intriguing dips is finished with hand torn mint leaves that add not only a bit of pleasing green but also a coolness. More

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