Garlic Hummus Recipe

Thank you Black & Decker! This is one tasty paste.

I frequently make a version of this, but I added olives tonight. My recipe was originally based off of this one on I usually make a double recipe and tonight was no exception.

1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tablespoon red pepper sauce
1 dash of ground cayenne pepper
1/8 cup pitted Kalamata olives

Drain and discard excess liquid from can. Crush garlic in a garlic press or finely mince and add to other ingredients in a food processor. Mince olives. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

Serve immediately with pita bread, pita chips, wheat crackers, or veggies. Or, spread it on a slice of lightly toasted bread or a flatbread, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake in oven at 350 for 5-8 minutes.

Store unused hummus in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.
  • rachelandra
    actually it says "up to 3 days" and you also refrigerate it.
    by rachelandra at 11/18/07 8:31PM
  • mattdevore
    Thanks, I updated it.
    by mattdevore at 11/18/07 8:34PM
  • becfie
    yes, you are still quite manly. I think it is quite nice when a man knows his way around the kitchen. I will have to try your recipe. I have a lovely food processor.
    by becfie at 11/18/07 9:56PM
  • hardin
    Tapey's not a big fan of paste.
    by hardin at 11/18/07 9:58PM
  • friedaj
    It could pass for wallpaper paste I believe
    by friedaj at 11/18/07 11:01PM
  • duodamsel
    Never have tried the paste......but I probably should.
    by duodamsel at 11/19/07 7:17AM
  • friedaj
    Awwww. How sweet!
    by friedaj at 11/19/07 2:13PM
  • my3sons
    can't wait to see you how Caleb has changed!
    by my3sons at 11/19/07 3:27PM
  • sarahsmile
    Yuck...why go and ruin good hummus with nasty olives...bleh. sound like you'd be a prime candidate for tapenade:
    Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2005
    Show: Good Eats
    Episode: Olive Me
    1/2 pound pitted mixed olives
    2 anchovy fillets, rinsed
    1 small clove garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons capers
    2 to 3 fresh basil leaves
    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    Thoroughly rinse the olives in cool water. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until the mixture becomes a coarse paste, approximately 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer to a bowl and serve.
    by sarahsmile at 11/19/07 4:54PM
  • sarahsmile
    It's a good spread for pita or other breads...if you like olives. Sarah does not.
    by sarahsmile at 11/19/07 4:55PM
  • hoose
    Mmmmm... I love me some hummus. Never had it with olives, but I'm sure it'd be delicious. I'll have to try that recipe.
    by hoose at 11/19/07 10:48PM
  • sarahpet
    violet and caleb are cute!
    by sarahpet at 11/20/07 12:46AM

Blinded by the light...

On our way home from Illinois, less than an hour from home, we had an unusual experience...

We were driving along in the rain on a fairly deserted (thankfully straight) and very dark stretch of road. It was really just rain. We hadn't noticed any lightning...

Suddenly, there was a loud BOOM and a flash of bright light. I thought the light seemed sort of flame-colored and Rachel recalls it as blue-white. But, of course, I was the one watching the road so I would have been more likely to have seen the light directly. Cones versus rods. But, anyway...

After the flash, the headlights went out and the interior lights came on. That was a bit disorienting. Part of me was thinking that I had been time-warped to a post-incident time and location where all danger had passed and we were stopped. Thankfully, that part of me did not win out and I was able to get the car to come to a complete straight stop.

Rachel screamed and Violet woke up and started crying and I think my pulse accelerated a little. But, we�re all ok. Thanks be to God.

I turned on the 4-way flasher lights and got out to see what the deal was. I still wasn't sure if it was lightning or if the engine had exploded or something else. Everything seemed to be ok, in general. But, I still couldn't get the headlights to work. I went back out again to check more closely and noticed that the windshield was cracked pretty badly on the passenger side. I also noticed that the radio antenna was gone and there was burn damage at its base. I was pretty convinced with the lightning theory at that point.

I got back in and we realized that the Jeep was still running so we decided to try to get it off the road and into someone�s driveway. As we started out (with no headlights), it became apparent that we had a flat. Upon inspection, both passenger side tires had been blown out. You�d think I would have noticed that while driving with no headlights at 55MPH, but I didn�t.

So, we proceeded with two flat tires and found a residence to leave the car at. The people there were kind enough to let us leave it there overnight. We called a few friends and eventually got my dad to come and pick us and our mounds of luggage up and take us home. He�s also letting us borrow his car.

Tomorrow is dealing-with-insurance Day instead of back-to-work Day.

Thank you for your prayers. Perhaps that partly explains why we�re not dead in a cornfield tonight.

Update: pictures



Front tire

Rear tire
  • ward
    lightning? you guys are crazy. it was aliens.
    by ward at 10/18/05 8:53AM
  • ektustin
    We are so glad you are okay! We'll keep you in our prayers!
    by ektustin at 10/18/05 9:01AM
  • bruke
    Wow, it's a good thing you have a protective car! Glad you all are safe.
    by bruke at 10/18/05 9:14AM
  • rachelandra
    We're good today, just had breakfast and Matt called Allstate to get the insurance thing rolling...Yeah, I thought it could've been aliens, too, except for the big BOOM...
    by rachelandra at 10/18/05 10:18AM
  • hardin
    Where's Mulder and Scully?
    by hardin at 10/18/05 10:22AM
  • funsahm
    Mark and I saw a U.F.O. today, so maybe that really wasn't lightning you were hit by!
    by funsahm at 10/18/05 11:10AM
  • angieprice
    yeah, but you and Mark lie...
    by angieprice at 10/18/05 11:34AM
  • queenbeetle
    Wow, that's like Twilight Zone freaky. I'm glad you all are all okay.
    by queenbeetle at 10/18/05 1:06PM
  • big_bertha_blue
    whoa, i'm glad you guys are ok.
    by big_bertha_blue at 10/18/05 2:39PM
  • funsahm
    What? We lie? Since when. I was actually serious. We saw this HUGE circular objuect on the bed of a truck It might could fly I don't know, but it did look like the typically described UFO.
    by funsahm at 10/18/05 5:02PM
  • angieprice
    Simma down, girl! You know, I was just teasin' ya, right? =) Love you....Wow, that is pretty neat that you actually saw something like that. Cool!
    by angieprice at 10/18/05 5:39PM
  • funsahm
    Oh Angie, how easy you are to tease.
    by funsahm at 10/18/05 6:08PM
  • angieprice
    by angieprice at 10/18/05 7:02PM
  • skinns
    That is amazing. Absolutely amazing
    by skinns at 10/18/05 8:33PM
  • mattdevore
    I got the car towed to a Jeep dealer in Ashland. The All State agent is supposed to look at it tomorrow, or maybe as late as Monday. Nice.
    by mattdevore at 10/18/05 8:33PM
  • marklhatfield
    Brother, I am very sorry for the situation you had to go through and I apologize for not getting the phone when you called. I am just thankful to God that you are okay.

    "Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go"
    by marklhatfield at 10/18/05 9:40PM
  • mattdevore
    No, I think they said they were watching a movie and Sharon said "We never get emergency calls so we'll ignore it". I can understand. If I got as many phone calls as they do, I'd ignore them, too.
    by mattdevore at 10/19/05 10:13AM
  • funsahm
    It really was my fault...Mark itches to answer the phone no matter what is going on at our house. Calling my cell phone right after, or calling our house again immediately after you called the first time would have been a connected call. But I am so sorry to leave my monkey and her good parents out in the streets.
    by funsahm at 10/19/05 10:59AM
  • sarahsmile
    Wow, Matt! Struck my lightning! I'm thankful that you're all ok!!
    by sarahsmile at 10/19/05 2:06PM
  • mattdevore
    Thank you.
    by mattdevore at 10/19/05 9:53PM