Would you believe that I made not one, not two, but three different Pioneer Woman recipes for my party on Monday? Yes! I made the Hummus, Cherry Limeade and Oatmeal Whoopie Pies.
I was totally geeked that I had a reason to cook up so many at one time. Maybe I should have a party every other week. I would say every week, but I need a week off to recuperate.
Ree Drummond (aka. PW) has a recipe for Classic Hummus on her blog here. The recipe I used — which is in her newest cookbook — varies slightly from the recipe I found on her blog. I’m sure either one is yummy, though.
This is PW we’re talking about, after all.
My experience making hummus (I was a homemade hummus virgin — no longer) wasn’t the most pleasant one. First of all, to make hummus you need tahini. Try finding tahini at Walmart.
Go ahead. I’ll wait.
No? Didn’t think so.
I did finally find what I thought was tahini at Meijer, but upon reading the label I saw that the ingredients included tahini, garbanzo beans, water and a couple of other ingredients. Not exactly what I wanted, but it was better than nothing, so I bought it.
PW photographs every step of her recipes, so when it showed the tahini pouring out of a measuring cup, I knew for certain that I didn’t have the right stuff. My “tahini” was a thick paste, not a liquid. Oh well. This was the morning of the party and I didn’t have time to order the real deal from Amazon.
I attempted to blend everything together in a blender, rather than a food processor, because that is what PW told me to do. I kept having to stir the mixture every few seconds, while Violet screamed from the other room to “Stop doing that!!!”
She doesn’t like loud noises.
Finally, I had to divide the mixture in two equal parts and blend them separately, then mix them together.
I was worried that the hummus was a complete failure, but vowed not to say anything to the party guests beforehand. (I have a bad habit of announcing my flaws and supposed failures up front, before anyone else has a chance to.) Maybe letting it sit for a few hours helped the flavor, because when party time came, the hummus tasted good! A bit chunkier than store-bought, but the texture wasn’t bad and the flavor was pleasant.
#1: Apple Dumplings
#2: Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
#3: Green Bean Casserole
#4: Mustard-Whiskey Meatballs
#5: Make-Ahead Muffin Melts
#6: Knock You Naked Brownies
#7: Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
There are a few other ingredients I want and can’t find in the local grocery stores, so I think I will be placing an order on Amazon soon. And when I do, tahini will be at the top of the list.