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janetofreno | | Jul 16, 2006 06:31 AM

With the hot weather, and no air conditioning in the kitchen, I am always on the lookout for easy no-cook meals (Sure, there's always grilling, but a change is good once in awhile). One thing I've been into lately are dips. I make something relatively healthy, and serve it with crudites from the Farmer's Market. I have discovered that cottage cheese makes a perfectly ok base for dips if you use a hand blender to smooth it out. (and better for you than sour cream!). Tonight's version was spinach-horseradish: fresh spinach cooked and chopped, a little bit of mayonaise, about a cup of cottage cheese, about a tablespoon of soft goat cheese from the farmer's market, some horseradish, mustard powder, salt and pepper. The hand blender makes it into a nice dippeable consistency, if not totally smooth. Other favorites are (of course) guacamole, and fresh basil with the cottage cheese (good dippers for this are cherry tomatoes). What about you hounds? Any other ideas???