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Delicious Hummus
May 28, 2009, 1:54 am
Filed under: appetizer, Health

The basic recipe for this comes out of Cooks Illustrated. It is SO creamy and delicious.

3 tb lemon juice
1/4 cup water
6 tb tahini (I like Krinos brand)
2 tb olive oil
1 can chickpeas aka garbanzo beans
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
pinch cayenne
cilantro or parsley as garnish. I also put a little paprika on the top for color.

Combine lemon juice and water in a bowl. Whisk together tahini and 2 tb oil in a second bowl. Process in food processor or blender the rest of the ingredients until almost fully ground. You might need a little extra liquid if using a blender. Scrape down the bowl and add lemon juice/water and then add tahini/oil. Blend until smooth and creamy.

I double the recipe to great results.
Also try these variations: 1 cup artichoke hearts, 1 can black beans in a double batch in place of chickpeas, roasted garlic, red peppers, etc. SO GOOD!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
May 28, 2009, 1:48 am
Filed under: dessert, Uncategorized

From Good Housekeeping–YUM!

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs (try using egg beaters)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I substituted about a half cup with whole wheat flour for improved health)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips/chocolate chips in whatever portion you like. I usually do half and half.

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Blend in eggs and vanilla until mixture is smooth.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into butter mixture, then mix in the oats and butterscotch chips. Bake for 10-11 minutes.

Makes 4-dozen cookies.