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I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Homemade Hummus

{ Prep Time: 25 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 12 servings }

1/2 cup olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
2 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh or bottled
2 (15-oz) cans Cannelli beans, drained but reserve liquid
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped

1. In small saucepan, cook olive oil and fresh garlic on lowest setting until garlic is just soft and slightly brown, about 20 mins. Remove from heat.
2. Add 2 Tbsp of reserved garlic olive oil, lemon juice, roasted garlic cloves, cannelli beans, half of the reserved liquid from the beans, paprika, and salt & pepper into food processor. Process until smooth, adding more of the reserved bean liquid, if necessary. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate.
3. When ready to serve, pour into serving dish. Drizzle some of the reserved garlic olive oil over the hummus. Sprinkle hummus with a pinch of paprika and chopped parsley.
4. Serve with pita chips or warm pita bread.

Recipe borrowed from The Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen

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