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Thursday, April 19, 2012

the happygirl guide to national garlic day

There is something fantastically wonderful about the taste of garlic, the way the first bite of a good bolognese sauce feels or the smooth, creamy taste of roasted garlic spread on a warm, baguette fresh from the oven that can make your tastebuds go poppity pop pop. In honor of National Garlic Day today, here is my favorite hummus recipe, perfect for a light spring dinner or appetizer. Though, here is the recipe for Garlic Cheesecake if you are feeling rather adventurous.

This recipe is adapted from the most wonderful hummus I've ever tasted when I was at Red Mountain Resort in Utah. Hummus is healthy, gluten free, a nice source of fiber and good for your heart with olive oil, lemon and garlic. Garlic is a GREAT antioxidant (it contains Allicin). It's anti-bacterial and can reduce blood pressure.

Yes, it's easier buying it from the market but trust me, this recipe is easy and it tastes miles ahead of store bought brands AND it has no preservatives. Although, for research sake I did buy prepared hummus from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and four supermarkets. The Lemon Hummus from Whole Foods is closest to homemade but once you see how easy this recipe is, you won't go back to store bought.


1    15 ounce can of garbanzo beans (rinsed well in cold water. If you can, buy organic and low sodium)
1/4 cup tahini
2    garlic cloves diced
1/3 cup   olive oil
juice of one lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon each of sea salt and black pepper

Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Serve with pita chips, grapes and shaved Parmigiano-Regginao for a Mediterranean inspired tapas dinner.

Here is an awesome way to peel a head of garlic in less than seconds courtesy of Saveur magazine. This is genius.

Happy National Garlic Day!

(I've received some email regarding the candleholders in the picture. They are from Glassybaby in Dream, Seafoam and Ocean.)

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