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(post, Amelia Sides)

I have a dead easy hummus recipe that I love to make.

1-2 cans drained and rinsed chickpeas
Italian herbs
lemon juice
salt and pepper
olive oil (or some water to smooth it out if thick)

All blended together till smooth and creamy, eaten with crackers or chips, or pita bread that has been toasted. Every ingredient is added to taste, I just try and blend, try and blend.

I decided to add marinated artichokes this time as a dip to take to our 4th of July pool party, and managed to make a noxious mess that was not smooth or smoky flavored like the other times I have made it. I tried to tweak it by adding Gorgonzola and goat cheese, but nothing took the over powering reek of the vinegar used in the marinated artichokes. I will have to try limiting the amount I added. Well, live and learn, will have to play with this one.