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Making homemade bread – $2.00, making homemade hummus $3.00, finding out that the flying burrito (think full pot of forgotten chili) can actually fly throughout your kitchen? PRICELESS!
This afternoon I found myself making homemade sun-dried tomato hummus, homemade bread which is in its second rising and finding out that the flying burrito (think full pot of forgotten chili) can actually fly, quite literally, into every nook and cranny your kitchen has to offer. After cleaning up (again) my kitchen floor, I am still laughing at myself as I tried to cleverly stupidly think I could simply cover up the open pot of chili with plastic bags and flip the pot over to catch the forgotten chili in need of being thrown out into said plastic bags easily. Nope. Never. Wow. The chili went everywhere… and I mean everywhere!
I never knew chili could fly at that velocity into places even I haven’t visited in my well-used kitchen. Even my slippers that were on my feet had to be thrown out, including the kitchen mat. So what – at least there’s amazing sun-dried tomato hummus and homemade bread about to be baked in the oven.
So here’s how to make great tasting sun-dried tomato hummus easily that goes great with everything including freshly grilled whole wheat pita bread, tortilla chips and fresh sliced homemade bread toasted on the grill.
1 can of garbanzo (chick peas) beans (12 ounces) rinsed. (I believe it’s a number 2 can)
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
juice of 2 fresh lemons
1/2 cup tahini paste
1 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or less
1/4 cayenne pepper (optional)
6 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes – marinated or dried
1/2 cup water (as needed)
1 working food processor
Instructions on How to Make Homemade Sun-dried Tomato Hummus from Scratch Recipe:
Generally you will be adding most of the ingredients, and adding the sun-dried tomatoes lastly. The liquids are relative and aid in thinning out the homemade hummus that can’t even compare to that tubbed stuff you can buy at the grocery store. This yields roughly just over two cups and lasts two weeks in your refrigerator, should it even last that long at all, since it’s that great….u huh!
1) Rinse can of chick peas/garbanzo beans under cold water in colander in kitchen sink.
2) While beans are draining, set up food processor and place garlic cloves into processor – pulse or use on low setting till garlic cloves are nicely chopped.
3) Add rinsed beans into processor, add salt, tahini paste, pepper, half of the olive oil, cumin, crushed red pepper and other dry seasonings. Pulse at first, then on medium setting run food processor till mixture is relatively smooth. If you find it still rather lumpy or thick – go to step four.
4) I tend to add more liquid after my initial pulsing and processing (a 1/4 cup at a time) to help smooth out the hummus to this smoothness that I like it to be.I also taste-test at this point to see if any more seasonings will be needed.
5) Once it’s the smoothness that you like, add the sun dried tomatoes, and with a little more whirling of your food processor, they will have chopped them little selves into bits, creating a fantastic tasting sun-dried tomato hummus. It should not be runny, but thick enough to hold its shape on a spoon.
6) To serve up your hummus, place about a cup in a shallow bowl or plate, drizzle either olive oil or even sesame oil on top, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve it up with crackers, freshly grilled pita bread slices or even toast. Simply dip or spread onto your crackers and serve it up!
7) In storing your freshly made hummus, the usual thing to do is to place it in a container that has a good lid – but drizzle some olive oil over the top of the hummus, and even sprinkle a bit of paprika on the top, then seal with lid and place into your refrigerator. Let it sit out for 10 minutes before scooping it out into your serving bowls, and voila – enjoy!
8) Do note, that the garlic and other seasonings will come out a bit once the mixture has had some time (about an hour) to meld.
Where can I find tahini paste? I usually find tahini paste either by the peanut butter, the international isle or in the organic section of my grocery store. It can be around $5.00 here in NY and when you open the can, you may find that it has separated – not a problem. Carefully with a spoon, stir it up slowly at first, since the thick tahini will be at the bottom while the sesame oil will be on top. Once stirred, it rarely separates again. Keep the can once opened, in your refrigerator to keep it fresh. One can of tahini paste usually make three – four recipes of hummus as mentioned above.
When ever I made this, my friends and family can never get enough. They keep coming back for more… I am just saying. I often will have this for lunch, since chick peas/garbanzo beans are full of protein and fiber and when served up with crackers or grilled pita bread (my favorite way) which I then slice into little triangles – I am satisfied way more beyond then a burger would do me for lunch. And it’s a very affordable little appetizer to bring to a potluck or to have ready for your next dinner party!
Chow Ciao for Now,
The Chef Maven
Today I went to my local farmer’s market here in Peekskill and one particular farmer did a superb favor for me and provided me with large beefsteak green tomatoes. I had asked last week if he had any at his farm available and promised me he would pick some. Not only had he picked them this very morning – which had to be when the sun first rose, but they still smelled of the wonders of fresh tomato plants.
Now some of you who may have never gardened before, the smell of super fresh vegetables and fruits just picked off the vine is simply truly amazing. And let’s not even go there as to how these fruits and vegetables taste when they are that fresh. If you knew, you would soon become a food snob insisting on nothing but farm fresh veggies and fruits! Fortunately for those in large enough cities, the idea of a local Farmers Markets have grown allowing city folk to enjoy the wonders of fresh unprocessed foods.
I mentioned to the farmer that he or his wife must have a fantastic fried green tomato recipe, and his answer was that his mother used to make a green tomato pie. When I heard this, I knew I had to look up at some of my own grandmother’s recipes for green tomato pie and even tomato butter. Since it sounded like he hadn’t had a green tomato pie since his mother was alive, not only will I share that recipe with him, but with the farmers market cooking that my city Of Peekskill is putting together. And of course, once it is written out, I will share it with you here.
All of this bring me to the point I wanted to make about canning. Though it may sound a little too early to think about canning, actually now is the perfect time to start canning those extra vegetables you may have that you cannot pawn off on your neighbors. Canning allows you to easily have food through out the winter seasons with the taste of long hot summers.
So many of my recipes at my dinner and jam blog list recipe after recipe which includes making things from scratch and as the summer starts to wind down, I have started to really think about canning.
But here are several quick links for recipes using fresh tomatoes, green beans and zucchini you may have in abundance or find more affordable at the grocery store now they are well into their season.
- Fresh Tomato and Spinach Pie
- Green Beans and Mushrooms – and How to get your kids to eat more veggies
- My Own Personal Favorite Fresh Salsa Recipe
- Affordable Homemade Pesto
My grandmother used to can tomatoes, make apple butter and apple sauce from our few apple trees we had along with a few other things. An ex mother-in-law also would can tomatoes, rows and rows of jars would line the shelves in the cold garage, and let me tell you, to be able to simply get a jar and use that versus a canned jar of tomatoes when making your own sauce is seriously, as Alton Brown would say, “Good Eats!”.
As I was helping a friend prepare for her wedding, I found a great affordable source for canning supplies and here is that link to Goodman’s which are based in Florida: http://www.goodmans.net/
Here you will find so many shapes and sizes of mason-type jars, lids and seals along with some interesting other supplies you may find useful. Remember you can easily use sterilized old jam and pickle jars for canning. This does not have to be an expensive journey nor a mass production.
You can also find affordable sources for canning supplies at grocery stores and at larger ‘discount’ stores. If you are new to canning or at the very least want to learn more about it, I will certainly prepare an article on canning in the coming days. There are a variety of ways to can fruit and vegetables and I will provide several recipes to boot. So stay tuned!
Eat Fresh And Eat Slow Food, from Our Kitchen to Yours,