the equipment I love

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The larger my family grows the more I realize the value of good equipment and tools to get all of the jobs of a busy household done and done well.  I think it's about time I highlighted some of my favorites that I couldn't live without.   Here's one.

A few years ago I inherited a used  food processor.  Do you have one?  It is so versatile in the kitchen.  I made that blueberry butter in two minutes and my oatmeal maple scones dough you've seen with my food processor in minutes.

Dressings, vinaigrettes, dips, and crusts are ideal for using a food processor.  You can also shred cheese, vegetables (like zucchini for bread or carrots for cake), chop nuts--all incredibly fast.  It is one of the best kitchen tools for a busy mom with children tugging on her to get dinner ready.  It cuts out many steps, whether it is cutting prep or assembling itself.

Enough talk.  Here is a great hummus recipe that requires the help of a food processor.  Like this recipe, you simply throw everything into the processor, pulse, and you're done!  The perfect tool for any baker who wants to make crust dough in seconds.  (If you don't have one, check out Craig's List or look around at a local yard sale or thrift store for a used one.)

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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced and then mashed
  • 2 15-oz cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup of tahini (roasted, not raw) --I substituted almond butter
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Pine nuts (toasted) and parsley (chopped) for garnish

METHOD

1 In a food processor, combine the mashed garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Add salt, starting at a half a teaspoon, to taste.

2 Spoon into serving dish and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley. (I drizzle with a little olive oil.)

Serve with crackers, raw dip vegetables such as carrots or celery, or with pita bread. You can cut the pita bread into thin triangles, brush with olive oil and toast for 10 minutes in a 400°F oven to make pita chips with which to serve the hummus.

Makes about 3 cups.

{Recipe from SimplyRecipe.com}

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Just some of the equipment I love...

What can't you do without in your kitchen?

the sleepy time gal