Recipe of the Week: Basic Hummus

This recipe is from The Archive under The Spoon Mage™ Explains.
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Do you have a favorite brand of hummus or do you enjoy it at one particular restaurant because they make it so perfectly? You don’t have to go out –  make it yourself.

Once you have mastered hummus basics, check out the ideas below the recipe to take your hummus beyond the ordinary. Enjoy it often – it’s good for you. I love to dip carrots, radishes, and cucumbers in my hummus. Or try it on sandwiches as a replacement for mayo.

ps – It’s not cheating to use canned garbanzo beans. It’s just easy.

Basic Hummus

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz can) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 T tahini
2 T fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 T olive oil  (you may use less or more to taste)
Optional Ingredients: see below for a few delicious suggestions

Click here for the Directions.



Italian Sausage Stuffing

Italian Sausage StuffingIngredients:

1(1 lb) loaf Italian (or French) bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
3 oz pancetta
1 stick butter
1 large sweet onion, chopped
1 large celery rib, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 t dried poultry seasoning
2 T Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded or grated
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Read More


Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts

carbonara with brussels sproutsIngredients:

3 oz pancetta, chiffonade
2 T olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
4-8 large garlic cloves, minced
10 oz Brussels sprouts, shaved
1 lb thin spaghetti
2 ladles salted pasta water (reserve a third ladle of water for use as needed)
1 cup parmigiana reggiano, grated
4 eggs, beaten
1 t oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper, or to taste

Garnish: grated Parmesan Read More



Butterscotch Brown Sugar Cookies

butterscotch-brown-sugar-cookiesThe Daughter was making a double batch of our favorite cookie – Brown Sugar Cookies. Because it is always my way to imagine changes to things, I wondered what would happen if we added butterscotch morsels to the cookies. The Daughter agreed that this could be a marvelous thing indeed and so before baking the last dozen, we poured in a good cup of the beautiful morsels.

Result: the world’s best cookie stirred up to perfection. Make your own today!

Butterscotch Brown Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed mounding out of the cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t pure vanilla extract – get the good stuff do not use Imitation Vanilla
3 1/4 cup flour (plus a little extra for rolling out)
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

Addition: 2 cups butterscotch morsels

For the directions, click here, and don’t forget the morsels!