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becky's Food Tales - Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
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Hummus- Really Easy,

Very Good

Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread made from blending just the right amounts of tahini (also known as sesame seed paste), chickpeas, lemon juice and olive oil. With a pinch of salt and a little garlic, you have a flavorful creamy spread that you can use in sandwiches or as a dip for vegetables and crackers. My sister Katie (Hi Katie!) loves to make a Mediterranean platter to serve for a meal or appetizer. The platter is made up of items such as warmed pita bread or pita chips, Kalamata olives, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, roasted red peppers, and freshly made hummus. This inviting plate of goodness is sure to please a crowd. In the summer, I will often fix myself a plate of hummus, veggies and pita chips for a quick satisfying lunch.

Hummus is really easy to make, but you do have to get the proportions right. The recipe I’m submitting today is pretty much the proportions I use when I make hummus for my family or for potluck. People have different tastes, and you may find yourself tweaking the proportions to suit your preferences.

A few thoughts on tahini: Tahini can be purchased in most health food stores and many grocery stores. It comes in relatively big jars, and you only need ¼ cup for a batch of hummus. For this reason I recommend buying your tahini from a bulk food section if possible. You can purchase the exact amount you need, and not have to worry about the rest of it spoiling in the fridge before you get around to using it up. If you cannot find tahini, you can absolutely try the recipe without it. The texture and flavor will not be quite the same, but it’ll still taste good. There are some who prefer to substitute creamy peanut butter for tahini in their hummus, but I am not a fan of this variation. If you are not sure you will like the tahini, use a little less than the ¼ cup called for in this recipe.

A word of caution on garlic: You will notice that this recipe calls for half of a clove of garlic. Ordinarily, I am not the kind of person to use a half clove of garlic in a recipe, and am more inclined to double or triple the amount of garlic used







Easy Hummus



You will need:



One 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained

¼ cup of lemon juice

Half of a garlic clove

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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.2.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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One of the last remaining phone booths is in Lanesboro, Minn. It was getting quite a lot of attention last summer. Young tourists were snapping “selfies” of themselves standing by it and in it. Laughing loudly and scornfully and exclaiming ..... 
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By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Get ready! Here comes that fifth season called March…will it come in like a lion or lamb; do we really have to beware of “The Ides of March”; will your favorite movie win the Academy Awards; will you give up something important for Lent? Or wi ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Enduring trees

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The view out my windows is all about trees. This morning bare branches wave and tall trunks sway in he frigid wind. For a brief few moments at sunrise, the sky glows pink behind the black tracery of living wood. Yesterday’s snow clings to horizont ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. 2-2-15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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I love Minnesota in the spring. I love Minnesota in the summer. I love Minnesota in the fall. I do not love Minnesota in the winter At all! Blizzards, ice storms, wind chills, and slippery roads are not my definition of fun. Getting up at ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Have a bran-tastic day

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
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Those who know me may be aware of the fact that I am not a morning person. Perhaps it is a holdover from years of working night shifts; I do not know. If you call my house before nine a.m., prepare to leave a message. I may be awake, but I am not ..... 
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Working Mom - 12.15.14

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Who remembers getting apples, nuts, and hard candy in a brown bag after their Sunday School Christmas program? I do and am not sure why, but my parents never seemed to be worried about me choking on the ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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Once upon a time long, long ago in the small village of Preston; brothers Marshall and Herman Ebert owned a hardware store on the corner across the street from the Park Hotel. It stocked manly man stuff like shovels, hoes, rakes, lawn mowers and whe ..... 
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A View From the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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Climate Chaos We shivered through November days colder than ever before in Minnesota. Last spring was extremely wet. Summer was extraordinarily cool and pleasant. I recall the summer before was excruciatingly hot and humid. Rainfalls seem to com ..... 
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