Did I mention I love my new electric skillet? Well, my mother used hers a lot when we were kids and now I’m beginning to understand why. So I picked her brain for some of my favorite recipes from childhood and one I’ve been wanting to make is her really yummy pork chops in tomatoes. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been to the grocery store in over a week and, since this blog is, after all, about what I have in my kitchen on any given day, I thought I’d see if there was another route I could go with what I did have.
A friend recently said something on Facebook about being in England and needing to find a place that served a good bacon sandwich and my ears pricked up. You know I looked it up online! What could be better? Bacon, butter, toppings if you want them. And then, for some, a mysterious substance known ubiquitously as “brown sauce”, and clearly not available to me in my current location, but which looks suspiciously like brown gravy in a bottle.
I can honestly say that people the world over have eaten and raved about my guacamole. I am fortunate to have friends from Australia to South Africa and England to Espanola (NM, that is!).
What makes mine different? Well…I don’t do mushy. For years, I couldn’t force guacamole down because it is always mashed into a goo the consistency of baby p…well…you know. So when I saw it done without mashing, I thought to myself–that’s the guac for me! Over the years I have refined the recipe, but it pretty much always includes things that are naturally in my kitchen because I use them for lots of different recipes.
In the spirit of Whatever Is In the Kitchen, I’m returning with a recipe I had to make my own. In the grocery store the other day, a 12 oz carton of hummus was $6.50 and I said to myself, “I can make it cheaper.” So I bought a red bell pepper for a buck and a can of garbanzo beans for just a little more than a buck and went home equipped for my delightful dip.Or so I thought.You see, I’ve never made hummus, so I didn’t know that there was a very special ingredient: tahini. Unfortunately, even if I had known, it wouldn’t have been available to me here in the hinterlands, so I offer you my lovely, better-than-storebought, tahini-free hummus.