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How to Make Homemade Hummus

I once tried to make hummus but it didn’t turn out well. I was using a small hand blender in a bowl and things did no go as planned. For whatever reason (I cannot pinpoint exactly why) I’ve been resisting buying a blender for some time, but today I found a blender on sale at Target for $30 and I said to myself “why the heck not?”

I have an Israeli friend named Mallie who loves mediterranean food and is always sharing recipes with me. She told me the key to good hummus (she pronounces it hoo-mousse) is Tahini, which is pure ground sesame seeds and it is a glorious, velvety, saucy sort of substance. I picked it up at a local organic market but my mother swears she’s seen it at Publix. You can probably pick it up at any decent supermarket in the ethnic or Jewish foods section.So armed with my new blender and a few simple ingredients I set out to make a delicious snack. You can do it too!

Here’s what you need:

This recipe makes 2.5 cups or 5 half cup snack servings.

2 16oz cans of chickpeas

3 Tbsp Tahini

Juice of 1 lemon

3-4 Tbsp Crushed Garlic or Garlic Paste

A few pinches of salt

Here’s what you do: (brace yourself for the difficulty!)

Drain the chickpeas and set aside the liquid. Add the chickpeas, squeezed lemon, garlic, and salt to the blender and pour 1/2 cup of the liquid over the top.

Blend until smooth and gorgeous.

I was a bit heavy handed on the tahini which I don’t recommend unless you are a big fan of the sesame flavour (which I am not.) Too much tahini and your hummus will be a bit nutty. I added more garlic because I love garlic. Once you have your basic hummus, you can add so many cool ingredients like black olives or roasted red peppers. This is where you can get really creative!

I like to have snack sized portions for Adam (he’s my giant child :)), so I divided the hummus into small gladware bowls and poured a little olive oil on top of each.

Store them in the fridge and when its snack time, warm up some pita bread in the oven or dip fresh carrots or celery into the hummus. Its a delicious and healthy snack! It so easy to make you have no excuse to buy storebrand again. Let me know how it goes.

How to Make Cocktail Sauce

Many years ago when I was a waitress I had to learn how to make cocktail sauce. I worked at a restaurant where we made cocktail sauce to order. At the time it was a nuisance having to stop during a busy shift between running food and refilling drinks to hand-make condiments, but I perfected the skill and learned to make it quickly with just the right ratio of ingredients. I have since become the token cocktail sauce maker in my family and now I will share the tricks of the trade with you fine folks. It is ridiculously easy to make and way cheaper than ready made. Here is the recipe:

You will need ketchup, a lemon, worcestershire sauce and horseradish.

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Start by squeezing about half of a fresh lemon into a bowl.

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Add about half a cup of ketchup, about 5-6 shakes of worcestershire, several tablespoons of horseradish (more or less depending on how spicy you like it.) Stir well and serve. Its so easy right? Now you never have an excuse to buy store-bought cocktail sauce again!

It tastes way better, and you will feel accomplished knowing there are no preservatives.