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I’m absolutely addicted to hummus! I’ve eaten for lunch numerous times, and always have to stop myself from eating the entire batch in one sitting. Most recently, I ate it with Olive Oil Crakers from http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/olive-oil-crackers-recipe.html. They were delicious, but took a while to bake. I ended up getting tired and freezing three of the dough balls. I pulled them out of the freezer on Monday, let them defrost, and then rolled them out and baked them up. There were just as good as the first time I made them. I also tried mixing garlic powder into some of them, and that was also delicious. Other varieties I made included parsley, red pepper flakes, and Dalmatian herb mix. I loved them all.

But back to the hummus. My first batch was just a simple hummus, made from a can of chickpeas, a few squeezes of lemon juice, salt, a little cumin, a few tablespoons of olive oil, and a clove or two of garlic. It was delicious. But I decided to branch out and try some more varieties. In retrospect, I can’t decide which variety I liked best. The Hummus En Fuego may take the prize…

Basic Hummus

1 can chickpeas, drained, juice reserved
1 clove garlic, peeled (or two)
salt, to taste
pinch of cumin
few good squirts of lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place all ingredients in a small food processor and pulse. Add reserved bean juice or hot water as needed, and season as desired.

Hummus with Roasted Red Pepper:
Cut 1/4 of a red pepper in strips, toss in olive oil, and roast until tender. Add to the hummus, puree, and enjoy!

Hummus En Fuego (see www.101cookbooks.com/archives/hummus-en-fuego-recipe.html)
I toasted about 1/2 walnuts, ground them in the food processor, then added the fire oil and some extra red pepper flakes. I left out the cumin and the lemon juice (I think?) and only used one clove of garlic.

Spinach Hummus
This time, I toasted about 1/4 cup of almonds and ground them first. Then I added in the rest of the ingredients (sans cumin), about 1 cup spinach leaves(?) and pureed. I’d like to try it with a little lime juice next time…

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We wanted to serve Nachos Bel Grande for our team dinner this week, and to introduce Suzana to this food, but we can’t buy nacho cheese sauce here. So we decided to try to make it, and with help from a recipe on Allrecipes.com (and cayenne pepper I added), about thirty minutes later we were enjoying genuine nachos, complete with the hot, spicy cheese. And Suzana? She was in heaven. I think it’s her new favorite food.

Nacho Cheese Sauce

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
7 slices cheddar cheese “singles”
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add milk, and cook, stirring occasionally, till thickened. Add the cheese, salt, and cayenne pepper, melt, let thicken, and serve! Makes about 4 servings.

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