May 3, 2012

Lemon Hummus

Tamales and Spices

3 cans organic Garbanzo beans
2 T. of juice from one can of Garbanzo beans
5 cloves, finely minced garlic
1 t. garlic salt
1/4 t. red pepper flakes
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil plus 1 T.
1/4 c. tahini
juice squeezed from 1 lemon (minus the seeds, hopefully)
1 t. smoked paprika
1 T. chopped parsley


Puree the garbanzo beans, juice from garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, tahini and olive oil.  Spread the hummus evenly in a pretty dish. Make criss-crosses with a fork.

Gently sprinkle 1 Tb. olive oil around over the criss-crosses.  Lightly sprinkle some paprika on top. Garnish with parsley.

Serve wtih pita triangles; pita chips; and assorted vegetables. (Carrots; red and green sweet peppers; celery). (Recipe from our very favorite preK teacher, J. Nilsen)

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Just Dip, Already


I was reading the account of Naaman’s leprosy being healed in 2 Kings 5:1-19. I encourage you to dig into the whole passage.

Naaman was a man in charge.  Being the commander of the army of the king of Syria is a huge thing!

Naaman was also a “flawed” man. He was a leper.

There was a young girl from Israel that was taken captive and made a servant of Naaman’s wife.

The young girl was a God-send to Naaman; if he saw it that way, I’m not sure.

The girl was hooking her master up! She held the knowledge of a prophet that could heal him of his leprosy. The young girl shared the news with her mistress.

I’ll fast forward through the text a little bit to get to the part that most intrigued me and got me to thinking.

The day came that Naaman met the prophet Elisha.  Elisha told Naaman to go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and his flesh would be restored, and he will be clean.

Sounds simple and easy enough, but NOOOO, Naaman wanted more than the simplicity.

The passage says that Naaman became furious and went away mumbling on about how he figured the prophet would come out to him and stand and call on the name of the LORD and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.

Naaman wanted the grandeur of his healing to match the magnificence of his position in service to the king of Syria.

It took one of Naaman’s servants to appeal to him to just dip, already!

The servant’s words were so powerful,

“My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

Apparently, Naaman came into his right mind. He went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God. His flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Just dip, already! How many times have I exalted myself and thought that I was “somethin’ else” or thought, “I’m too good for this!”? I’ve wanted the flashing lights to be the evidence that God was indeed moving in my life.

God can and will use the simplicity of a thing…anything to move us to obedience. It’ll be to our own demise if we choose not to follow His lead.

God is perfection. He knows best. He knows what healing, restoration and cleanliness is in store–even in the Jordan River.

What “Jordan River” are you not wanting to dip in, because it seems too simple or even beneath you?

Just dip, already!

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2 medium avocados, peeled, seeded and mashed
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1 bar (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 t. garlic
1 T. lemon juice
1 c. finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 t. hot pepper sauce

Blend all together completely. May leave out tomatoes and onions and cream it all, then stir these in for chunky guacamole or can cream it all together.  This recipe is from my friend Holly S. Hi Holly! Also, it is written on a very, cool sheet of paper from the House of Representatives. :)

Serve with chips and enjoy!

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip


My friend Holly shared this with me years ago, when we lived in Arkansas. I have it written on cool, “official” House of Representatives notepaper.  It makes me think of good times with our friends as young-marrieds, every time I make this delicious dish.

13 oz. can artichoke hearts (not marinated), chopped
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 c. grated Monterrey jack cheese
1 medium garlic clove, minced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine, artichokes, spinach, mayo, Parmesan, 1 c. Monterrey jack and garlic. Stir well.

Pour into a baking dish (9X13 inches or 9 inch round deep dish pie). Sprinkle rest of Monterrey jack cheese on top.

Cook in oven 15 minutes. Serve with bagel chips or small round Tostidos.

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Asian Style Dip

Interior of a Japanese inn

This dip is from Sophie in the Siesta Fiesta Cookbook. It is a very yummy dip to go with all your favorite vegetables.  Eating vegetables is good for you, right?

½ c. mayonnaise
¼ c. sour cream
2 T. soy sauce
½ T. dried basil
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. toasted sesame seeds
1 T. rice vinegar
¼ t. dried ginger
1 t. sugar
½ t. dry mustard
1/8 t. ground red pepper
Assorted cut-up vegetables (carrots, red bell peppers, sugar snap peas, cucumber, broccoli, etc.)

Combine first 11 ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
Cover and refrigerate.

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