Tuesday, September 6, 2011

More Pantry Items from Amazon: Coffee for Caffeine and Tahini for Hummus

My College Dorm Cook has not yet cooked anything other than oatmeal. The first few weeks of school are full of FREE FOOD OPPORTUNITIES. Seek them out, College Cooks. It seems that Miss Em has a barbecue almost every evening. Otherwise, she's been eating the burritos we assembled here at home.

She did send an SOS: I didn't bring enough coffee. So we had Amazon do the shopping. This is Louisiana coffee: try it. It's cheaper on Amazon (if you put in the code and do Subscribe and Save0 than it is here in Louisiana.

The second SOS was about how to make hummus. Yes, you can make hummus. I shocked someone my age with this info once at a party: she looked at me as if I had announced that you can do brain surgery in your own kitchen. So it is no wonder that college students don't know that hummus is easy to make yourself. It is way cheaper than the stuff in the store. Miss Em had some cans of chickpeas we presciently slipped into her suitcase. But we broke the news: you need tahini. (Tahini is ground sesame paste--kind of like peanut butter, which I would not use as a sub). She bought some at Publix, but I found it on Amazon also, for way cheaper than at my grocery.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.

Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).

Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

Miss Em and her friend made the hummus with a fork. It is possible!

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