better than bought dipChips and dips night was one of the absolute favorite meals of my childhood.  Looking back now, I know my mother did it because she couldn’t stand to think about feeding her horde of hungry people yet again, but at the time, with the self centered worldview of which kids are masters, I just thought she wanted us to be happy. Maybe she was making up for the meals that had included water chestnuts or brussels sprouts or *shudder* canned green beans.  Now, this was the seventies and even though my mother was an artist and craftswoman around food, she wasn’t particularly fussy about processed things and packaged goods. That means the table was spread with Helluva Good onion dip, weird cheese spreads, Sociables and Chicken in a Biscuit (chicken! in a biscuit!). For better or for worse, I am fussy about these things, so when we embrace chips and dips night, it looks a little different.  Thirty-five year old me would never let anyone near those things. Eyeing 50 me still doesn’t dig them but doesn’t have apoplexy if a kid has some here and there. Still, serving for them for dinner is a bridge too far for us (no judging, YMMV), so we make some adjustments. One that the whole family loves is our homemade dip. It’s easy, delicious, we know exactly what is in it and honestly, my kids prefer it to store bought. Here is our basic recipe, but it is infinitely customizable.

Better Than Bought Dip

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


Mix all ingredients.  Adjust to taste. Dip things in it. Easy.


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