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Saturday, February 7, 2009

HUMMUS


I know I'm not alone in thinking hummus may be one of he best snacks ever. Here is a simple recipe. And once again, here I go with my chickpea addiction.!

You'll need:
1 can chickpeas, juice and all
1 fresh jalapeno pepper(sliced)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbls lemon juice
3 cloves garlic,minced
Blend everything in blender until smooth

Serve with toasted pita or fresh veggies. It's cheaper to make than to buy the pre-made brands.

The Cheapest Dinner Ever Made!!


This is the cheapest dinner. It is a simple, trailer park chic, chicken and dumplings.

You'll Need:
I whole chicken
2 cans of pillsbury country biscuits .
salt & pepper

In a big pot of water, boil chicken. Until done. Carefully remove hot chicken to cutting board, and pick apart or shread chicken. Put chicken pieces back into pot, and discard of bones. Bring pot back to boil. Open biscuits. Take a pair of scissors and cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and throw into pot. add salt and pepper to taste. I prefer "Crazy Mixed up Salt" Keep cooking soup until the dumplings are no longer floating on top.

This soup got me through many broke nights in my early 20's. An old roommate of mine became obsessed with this soup. And by the way, it always has lots of leftovers, and tastes better the next day, after being in the fridge overnight. I don't know why that is, but i've been known to make this, and immediately put it in the fridge, to eat it the next day!
My mom would make this all the time when was a kid.

The Famous Broccoli Salad!


This raw salad has been a staple in my house growing up. Every holiday, dinner party, ect...
I love this salad because it's unexpected. You look at the recipe, and think, that sounds gross together, or strange. This I assure you it is not. People will love it.

You'll Need:
4 cups Broccoli-chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup red grapes(halved or quartered)
1/2 cup red onion
In a separate bowl mix together
1 cup Mayo
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbls Tarragon Vinegar

Pour dressing over broccoli mix, and mix thoroughly. Put in fridge overnight or for several hours covered.

I'm Horrible!!!

So, It seems I let the Holidays get to me. I've been very lazy, and a little "cooked out". But that is no excuse for not blogging. And then there is that whole wedding planning thing. Which I'm happy to announce, it moving along. But that's all I will say about that, I promised this will not become a wedding blog!

So with that said, there will be a few changes to the blog. I have been giving away most of my personal favorite recipes. I feel the need to slow that down...we all need our secret recipes. So, I am going to hi-light more of my favorite recipes from books and or favorite chefs. Keeping my personal cookbook to a minimum. Still great food!!

So lets keep entertaining!!