Side Orders: A hummus recipe that's hard to 'beet'

With beets available year-round, Red Beet Hummus is a refreshing dip for warm weather, a tasty dip for fall football parties and its brilliant shade of crimson makes it ideal for upcoming holiday gatherings.

Hummus has become my go-to dip anytime I'm having a party. In fact, I like it so much I've considered having a party just so I can indulge. If you are a fan of hummus and pita chips, then you know what I'm talking about.

I once made hummus myself, but these days, there are many good ones on the market, such as Sabra. Then there's Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, which makes excellent hummus. You can get it to go at either location: downtown or Hamilton Place.

There's really no point in making it from scratch other than knowing exactly what goes in it. But after so much of it lately, I was looking for something a little bit different. There's avocado hummus; black bean hummus; hummus with caramelized onions; cilantro-jalapeno hummus with a Tex-Mex twist; baba ghanoush - that's just a fun word to say.