Friday, September 25, 2009

Taco Seasoning Mix

One of the things that we love to experiment with is making our own homemade seasonings, whether it is for tacos, chili powder, blackened seasonings for tuna, mahi mahi steaks, etc. This is one of our family favorites! It is very easy to make and keeps well.

Taco Seasoning Mix
1 Tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Makes 3 Tablespoons of seasoning and mix, which is equal in strength to a ¼ ounce package of commercial seasoning mix.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Rockin' Hummus

One of the things that my girls really enjoy doing it going to the library. Our library has something that is really pretty cool (we think). It has a coffee store built within the library but on the outside of the library in the hallway. The great thing about this coffee store is that you can get a latte, a mocha…ice tea…juice…milk, really anything that fits all budgets and desires. In addition, one thing that you can do is bring your own lunch!

This past summer, my daughters and I have been packing our lunch and going to the library. The girls get the biggest kick out of it.

4 cups chick peas (roughly 2 ½ cans drained) or if you cook your own via dried beans (roughly 1 lb)

1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
½ cup warm water
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lemons
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin

Combine the chick peas, tahini, warm water, olive oil and juice of one lemon in food processor. Process until smooth, scrape down side of bowl when necessary. Add garlic, salt, cumin and pepper (to taste if you like) and process to blend. It will keep well in jar in the refrigerator and makes roughly one quart.