Friday, July 16, 2010

Hummus Dip

I love hummus, and figured there was a way to make it at home more cheaply than buying it in the store.  I started with a recipe Kelly gave me, then modified it slightly to cut the fat and give it a brighter flavor.  Here's the result....

Hummus Dip
(adapted from Dave Lieberman)

1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained, 1/4 cup liquid reserved
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin, depending on your taste 
12 grinds black pepper

In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients.  Blend on low speed until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.  If the mixture seems too dry, drizzle in water or olive oil until it reaches the desired consistency.  This dip tastes best at room temperature. 

(makes about 1 cup) 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Celebrating Summer

Just wanted to share a fun pic I took for our photography class....

Making Your Own Cookbook

I have been wanting to find a way to compile all of those recipes I have written on random scraps of paper or on recipes cards stuck in a box that was easy to use.  I've tried computer programs but didn't really like the way any of them worked.  And then I stumbled upon Tastebook.   So, I figured I'd give it a try.  You type in your own recipes or you can search the many they have on their site, you can even include pictures of your food.  When you've compiled the ones you want, they will print out all your recipes, create a custom binder for you and whisk it off to you.  I LOVE mine and highly recommend it!  Mine came by UPS yesterday.  The binder is sturdy, looks like a spiral (none of that 3-ring flimsiness), the paper is good quality and heavy and the colors are very nice.  So, if you're like me and have lots of recipes that you love but are in several different places and hard to find, get yourself a Tastebook.  Now, I'm going to go start putting in recipes for my next one....

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