As we head into the entertaining season, I’ve been thinking about my recipe binder. It’s full of delicious recipes, some with beautiful photos and many with just a handful of ingredients (that’s my favorite kind). And yet, when it comes down to crunch time, so often I just stick to my tried and true snacks. Here they are:

  1. Seven Layer Dip – Let’s count the layers: refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, olives (ick – I only put them on because I’m such a rule/recipe follower!), green onions, and . . . what is the seventh layer? I can never remember without that recipe in front of me!
  2. Tortilla Rolls – This is one of my very favorite things to make and to munch on. The problem? Leftovers. Because I eat them. All.
  3. Rotel Dip – I do it the easy way, with just Velveeta and Rotel (diced tomatoes and chilies to you all who don’t have Rotel). But I know Mark likes the way our friend Mandy makes it better – with ground beef in it. He’s even been known to eat her dip that has black beans thrown in. Perhaps I should branch out next time!
  4. Chips and Salsa – This is a variation on #3, I suppose. And maybe the easiest thing to serve ever. But it works.
  5. Carrots, Celery & Ranch Dip – I’m always thinking that I should add other veggies, like bell peppers or cherry tomatoes. But you know what? I keep sticking to the traditional ones – because that’s what people always eat!
  6. Beer Bread & Dill Dip – Okay, so this isn’t so much a regular dish at my house as, say, M&Ms are. But since I had my Tastefully Simple party and got some beer bread mix, well, it’s hard to resist! (However, as I unfortunately learned over the weekend, avoid the light dill dip. It’s no good and not worth it.)
  7. Crescent Roll Appetizers – I’ve never actually made these. But my brother makes them pretty often, and they are Quite. Tasty.
  8. Brownies – Do you have a from-scratch recipe? Perhaps one that’s been passed down through the generations or something you got from a fancy-schmancy cookbook? I’d put my straight out of the box fudgy brownies up against yours any day! Because I have a secret, and it works. Oh, it works. My brownies. Are. Delicious.
  9. Rice Krispy Treats – Yep, I’m high class. But they’re darned good. So there.
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookies – The kind that come in a package from the refrigerated section. The ones you break apart and pop in the oven. Those. I love ‘em. And so do my guests.

So that’s it. It’s not fancy or special or, as I mentioned, high class. But it’s pretty much my repertoire of party snacks.

What do you feed people at parties?

My friend Sandy writes a blog about “real entertaining for real people.” I’m pretty sure my box brownies and plain veggies and store-bought dip work just fine in her book.

Not that I’m in her actual book.

Oh, that’s right. She just wrote a book! If you entertain more like me than Martha, check out The Reluctant Entertainer: Every Woman’s Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality by Sandy Coughlin. And you can check out my guest post at her blog, Reluctant Entertainer, today!

This post will be linked to OhAmanda’s Top Ten Tuesday.

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