Kitchen Content – Home Made Hummus

I like most people have always just bought hummus in the store, not realizing how flippin easy it is to make myself!

I can’t take the credit for the recipe, just for following it – and now sharing it!

Here’s the recipe I used from Inspired Taste. Seriously delicious, I don’t plan on changing a thing next time. I like my hummus a little thick so I only added about 2 tablespoons of water at the very end, but everything else I followed to a T.

hummus

Enjoy it with baby carrots, sliced cucumber, or just about any other veggie you can think of. Also for the price it cost (under $2) it yeilds about 2 or 3 times the amount you get in a pre-packaged option in the grocery store. And of course, no preservatives!

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Kitchen Content – Potato Salad

I’m a major lover of potato salad to accompany just about any meal in the Spring/Summer. This recipe I must credit to my friend Shawn, it’s been my go-to since he first sent it my way and instantly became my signature summer dish for any/every potluck I attended.

Spring is trying desperately to join us so I thought I’d continue to channel it by a pastel mani/pedi today and bbq ribs and potato salad for dinner tonight. C’mon Spring, I’m rootin’ for ya!

Feel free to try different variations – today I omitted the basil and just have dill and parsley in there and it’s still fantastic. Also let it be known I’m a big fan of high fat yogurt – full fat is the only way to go folks. Trust me.

potato salad

Serve this salad with a batch of your favorite barbecued ribs or chicken for an old-fashioned summer picnic. If desired, add 2 chopped hard-cooked eggs or 1/2 cup chopped red onion with the potatoes.

Ingredients:

3 lb. red potatoes, unpeeled

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1 Tbs. Dijon mustard

3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

8 green onions, white and light green portions, 
  thinly sliced

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus 
  parsley sprigs for garnish

3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint, plus mint sprigs 
  for garnish

3 Tbs. chopped fresh basil, plus basil sprigs 
  for garnish

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and boil until tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Cut the potatoes into 3/4-inch dice.

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, green onions, celery, and the chopped parsley, mint and basil. Add the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and toss gently to mix.

To serve, transfer the salad to a large serving bowl and garnish with parsley, mint and basil sprigs.