Monthly Archives: July 2011

Classic Homemade Hummus

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Hummus is a healthy snack with bold flavors. In just 10 minutes, you can have delicious homemade hummus without the extra preservatives included in most store bought varieties.

Ingredients

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  • 1 3/4 cup canned organic chickpeas (look for an organic variety such as this without preservatives)
  • 1/4 Tahini (also known as sesame paste)
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Smoked Paprika
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Directions
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  1. Drain, rinse and dry the canned chickpeas
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and combine until it reaches your desired texture
  3. Finish off your hummus by sprinkling with paprika
[/list] [box type=”info”] If your hummus is chunky after combining in the food processor, gradually add additional olive oil while the food processor is running (about 1-2 teaspoons). This will help to create a smooth texture.
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Do you have a favorite hummus recipe? Share it in the comments.

 

Restaurants We Luv: La Boite Cafe – Austin TX

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Not to be confused with coconut macaroons, macarons are made from a combination of egg whites, sugar, almond powder and food coloring. The cookies are filled with butter cream frosting, jam or ganache and come in a variety of colors and flavors. These small cookies have become a world-wide favorite.

Recently, I heard about La Boite Cafe on Twitter. Built from a re-purposed shipping container, La Boite features not only macarons, but also french style baked goods, fresh beverages, and sandwiches.   With a green mindset, this company really puts it’s mark on the Austin foodie scene.  We tasted a number of things on the menu but really enjoyed the macarons. In fact, we ended up taking a dozen home with us to share with our family.  The variety of colors and flavors were very exciting to try.  I recommend this creative cafe to anyone who has a desire to indulge in these heavenly little bites.

[box type="info"]Insider tip: Take some home, pop them in the fridge, and enjoy after the filling has hardened.  We actually preferred them when they reached their refrigerated temperature.  It was tastier and less messy![/box]
[image type=”frame-css3″ align=”none” width=”300″ caption=”La Boite”]http://www.luvs2eat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/La-Boite-Front.jpg[/image]
Featured macarons: (changes frequently)
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  • Fleur de sal
  • Pistachio and Chocolate
  • Orange Blossom
  • Coffee and Chocolate
  • Peach
  • Bananas Foster[/list]
[image type=”frame-css3″ align=”none” width=”199″ pad=5 caption=”Macarons. Yum!”]http://www.luvs2eat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/La-Boite-3.jpg[/image] [image type=”frame-css3″ align=”none” width=”300″ caption=”Chocolate Brioche”]http://www.luvs2eat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/La-Boite-4.jpg[/image]
Location:

1700 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704