Black Bean Hummus

1 can black beans, drained with liquid reserved
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup tahini
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin

Place all ingredients except bean liquid in food processor and blend thoroughly.  If it is too thick, gradually add bean liquid until desired consistency is reached.  Serve with chips, pita or pretzels.

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Garlic Scape Hummus

Garlic scapes are the flower stalks of a garlic plant before the flower opens. Use these tasty little curly Q’s the same as you would garlic bulbs, without having to wait for the bulbs to be ready to harvest. Consider them a preview of how lovely your garlic will be!

You will need:
6 garlic scapes, washed and chopped
1 can chickpeas, (reserve liquid when draining)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup tahini
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except chickpea liquid in food processor or blender and combine until it becomes a thick paste.  If it seems to be too dry, add a small amount of chickpea liquid and blend again.  Continue this until mixture is a thick, wet paste.

Serve with your favorite dipping item.  Suggestions: carrot sticks, celery sticks, pepper slices, pretzels, pita bread, corn chips, tortillas, or whatever you like!  You can use it for a healthy alternative to butter or mayonnaise on bagels and sandwiches.  Get creative!

Garlic Scape Hummus

Kiwi-Mango Salsa

1 mango, peeled & diced
1 kiwi fruit, peeled & diced
1 small red delicious apple, diced (leave skin on)
12 green grapes, diced
1Tbsp locally grown honey
1 Tbsp. sugar
Dash cinnamon
Dash chili powder
Lemon juice (to keep apples from browning)

Toss diced apples with lemon juice before mixing with rest of fruit.
Sprinkle sugar on diced fruit.
Mix cinnamon, honey & chili powder with fruit.
Stir until mixed thoroughly.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Boy Scout Dinners – a simple, mess-free way to grill up a quick dinner.

We used sliced polska kielbasa, sliced potatoes, sliced carrots, diced bell pepper, diced red onion, and a can of corn. Wrap in foil that has been sprayed with canola oil, grill on medium high for about 25-35 minutes or until veggies are tender. Top with cheese before serving if desired. (You can use canned veggies to speed up cooking time. Canned veggies usually take 20 minutes.)

Grill up some YUM!
Grill up some YUM!

FSFM adventure

Since none of us had been there before, and we were feeling a little ‘Saturday Silliness’… Hubby, myself and the Nugget dressed up in hawaiian shirts and hats, and went to the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, and pretended to be tourists. I took photos, Hubby scouted the jerky and cheese, and the Nugget became the master at acquiring free samples.  We picked up a mango, some local honey, some flavored honey sticks, some handmade caramel, and some cheese.  A good time was had by all!

Fulton Street Farmer's MarketFSFM gerbera daisies petunias fresh cut peonies pretty flowers coleus fudge asparagus and red potatoes reptile food... er, I mean greens. beautiful bell peppers gorgeous tomatoes! what the truck?

Memorial Day Feast

We decided we weren’t going to let the rain ruin our grilling plans for today.

We just needed to adjust a thing or two…

First, we had to cook the corn on the stovetop rather than grilling it. This saved us time from having to be outdoors in the rain.

We had purchased some seasoned beef on skewers from Horrock’s, along with some steak & veggie wraps, and some breakfast steaks and veggies to create our own steak & veggie wraps.

I took apart the skewered beef, and added summer squash, green bell pepper, zucchini, and some red onion, and turned two all beef skewers into four shish kebabs with beef and veggies!

We also made two all veggie skewers with the leftovers, and grilled it all up.

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Braeburn Poppyseed Salad Wraps

You will need:

1 small – medium braeburn apple, cored and diced

red lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry with main rib removed

Poppyseed salad dressing

1 roma tomato, diced

1 small green bell pepper, diced

1/2 small cucumber, washed and thinly sliced (the thinner the slices, the easier it will roll up)

 

Place 1 Flatout flatbread on plate.

Arrange lettuce leaves to make a layer, covering all but last 1/3 of flatbread.

Place a stripe of cucumber slices up and down across flatbread so that when you roll it, it makes a layer.

Place a stripe of apple dices next to the cucumber.

Place a stripe of green pepper next to apple.

Place a stripe of tomato next to green pepper.

Add a stripe of poppyseed dressing on top of apple.

Roll up and enjoy.

Makes about 6.

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Yumbos

Many many moons ago, my husband’s mother worked at Burger King.  She said that a long time ago, they used to have an item called Yumbos on their menu.

We make them all the time here at home for a quick meal.

You will need:

Hamburger buns

sliced cheese

thin sliced lunch meat (we usually use Carl Buddig ham, turkey, chicken and beef) Pepperoni is good too!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Split and arrange hamburger buns face up on cookie sheet.

Place sliced cheese on one of the sides of the halved bun.

Place the lunch meat on the opposing side of the halved bun.

Place in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Take out of oven and reunite halves.  Enjoy!

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