Hummus on Toast


The best hummus we’ve ever had. We all agreed. On the advice of my mom, I purchased some small Middle Eastern garbanzo beans, called Chana Dal. Pictured left, you can see the beans dry and then cooked. (See How to Cook Dry Beans.) What made the hummus so good? Well, I think it was those […]

Black Bean Spread

Black Bean Spread

This spread is just fabulous. Really hit the spot today. You can see our delicious and simple lunch in the picture (see also Four-Grain Flatbread). The recipe is flexible; a couple of the ingredients are optional. Can’t beat that! I’m sure it could be livened up with cilantro or cayenne pepper. 4 cups cooked black […]

Sweet Chocolate Hazelnut (or Almond) Spread

This recipe is a work in progress… Would love your input on it! Sweet Chocolate Hazelnut (or Almond) Spread makes about 1 cup 1 cup hazelnut butter or almond butter, salted (or add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to this recipe) 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 3 tablespoons raw agave syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 to […]

Chunky Spiced Pear Jam


My friend Christina came over on Sunday afternoon. She was waiting for her husband to finish helping my husband. (They worked really hard.) She had a box full of very ripe pears. So we made jam. She was remembering some pear jam a friend had given her once and that’s what we tried to recreate. […]

Pinto Bean Spread

This is a very delicious spread to smooth on toasted Four Grain Flatbreads (gluten-free), top with cheese and put under the broiler so the cheese can melt and crisp up. I’ve noticed that differing spice companies offer spices of varying potencies. The best flavor will come from quality dried spices. So please adjust these spices […]

Roasted Hazelnut Butter

Roasted Hazelnut Butter Yield: About 2-1/2 to 3 cups 4 cups Roasted Toasted Hazelnuts 3/4 to 1 teaspoon salt 2 to 4 teaspoons grapeseed oil, for consistency (if desired), plus more if necessary If using Vita-Mix, put all the hazelnuts, all the salt and all the oil in the wet container. If using a food […]