Monthly Archives: September 2012

Labor Day eats

I know Labor Day was awhile ago, but I enjoyed so much good food I still want to share it all with you.

Sunday I surprised my husband with a feast of spaghetti and meat balls. We were at Whole Foods, and just looking at their butcher counter gave me a sudden craving for meat balls. Many of you will find this odd, because I’m kind of a vegetarian…but there you go. At least I bought the organic grass fed free range good stuff. I made homemade sauce my “traditional” way, with pureed carrot, crushed tomatoes, and lots of red wine to intensify the flavor. Although I did not add sausage or veal to the meat balls, they turned out absolutely perfect. Someday I will share my recipe for that sauce. I need to iron out the measurements though, since I just throw things into the pot 🙂 I find my intuition is usually spot on when it comes to cooking, and I make much better food without recipes.

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Monday (Labor Day) we went to a BBQ at our good friends home and ate lots of good food there. The babies played on the floor, and the adults drank a lot of beer. I made blackberry cobbler and basil peach pie. They were both to die for. I did use recipes from this amazing vegan cook book.

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I hope you all had a fun Labor Day weekend! I will be posting soon on something peach related.

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fancy hummus

I usually like to make hummus the more “traditional” way (just beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, salt), but I was at a family BBQ last weekend, and someone had brought this super fancy hummus so I decided I needed to try and imitate it. It had sun dried tomatoes and basil in it. It was so delicious, though I forget what brand it was. I think this recipe gets pretty close.

What you need:

food processor and spatula

roasted garlic (2-3 bulbs plus the oil, depending on your garlic tolerance)

3 15oz cans garbanzo beans (I buy mine at Fred Meyer. Their private label organic canned beans are only $1!)

2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

2 small handfuls fresh basil

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ cup sun dried tomatoes, in their oil

3 Tbsp pine nuts

freshly ground pepper and paprika to taste

¼ – 1 cup water

Add the garbanzo beans to the food processor and mix until it becomes a paste. Doing this before adding everything else will make a smoother hummus.

Processed a little before adding everything else

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now add everything else and process. Start with ¼ cup water, and add more if necessary to achieve your desired texture and consistency. I like mine pretty smooth, so I added about ¾ cup water. Add more salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.

To make a pretty appetizer, put some hummus in a nice bowl, make a well in the center, and fill with about 1 Tbsp of pine nuts. Julienne 2-3 large fresh basil leaves, and sprinkle on top, then drizzle lemon juice and olive oil, with a little more sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Your guests will be extremely impressed when you tell them you did not buy it from Costco!

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