{Recipe Corner} Homemade Hummus

I love hummus! I've been a fan for over 10 years now, and have finally become comfortable enough to make it. Before trying to make this, you should know what you expect of your preferences, as there are many many ways to make this amazing dip. Below is a basic recipe, you can use many ingredients to change the "theme" of your hummus. You've seen them at the grocery store: three pepper; red pepper; roasted garlic, artichoke, jalepeno, etc. Once you've made your hummus, you can get creative for future hummus try outs!

2 cans garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained and rinsed.
1 lemon
1/4 c. tahini (Fresh and Easy, Trader Joe's, Wholefoods, etc)
1/3 c. water
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbps. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes (depends on your spice level)
S and P to taste

1. Take your lemon, and squeeze out the juice into a measuring cup, you shoudl get about 1/2 cup or more.

2. Into a blender, add in 1/2 of the lemon juice, tahini, water, garlic and spices. Blend on high, 5 seconds.

3. Next, add in the barbanzo beans, and put blender on puree, pulsing as you go. If not blending well, take a spatula and scrape the sides and take a few turns stirring everything, cover and blend again and scrape sides down again if needed. Add in olive oil and remainder of lemon juice and blend, should be really creamy. If too thick, you might need to add some water, a little at a time, you don't want runny hummus, but a nice smooth dip. Taste for seasonings, you might find yourself needing more salt and pepper, and maybe red pepper flakes to increase heat, if desired.

That's it! Wow your guests this homemade hummus recipe! Serve with pita, veggies, crackers, whatever you enjoy dipping into the hummus.