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YUMMY Black Bean Hummus

Mediterraneo's Black Bean Hummus
 
WOA!!  I made this yesterday for a little different treat for John and me to munch on when he got home from work.  IT IS FABULOUS! And it's every BETTER the next day!  Try it!  And hummus is GOOD FOR YOU as I'm sure you know.  Use it with pita chips and you have a very healthy snack! :>
 
Mediterraneo's Black Bean Hummus
Source: My friend Ron Douglas, who got it via the LA Times, who got it from Mediterraneo Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, CA.

MY NEW FAVORITE THINGS. . .

BOY, OH BOY!!  I've discovered some new products that have become my very favorites -  practically overnight.  Here they are.... not necessarily in order of preference.  In fact I don't think I could list them according to preference.  I LOVE 'EM ALL!!
 
 
First - my newZEST GRATER  This is the snazzy little grater you see on all the "foodie" TV networks and IT WORKS WONDERS. Here's what one customer said. . .
 
"I purchasedthis after spending 2 hours zesting limes for a gourmet cookie recipe with the traditional potato-peeler + food processor method.

My New E-Book

Hi Kidzzz! Just wanted to drop the word that I finished my very first eBook! And you can have it for FREE just by signing up for my monthly newsletter/hotsheet. The Ebook is my "Six Sisters Favorite Family Recipes". I think you'll like it! It's fun and funny and the recipes are terrific! (I've had every one several times over the years).
 
Here's the sign up form if you don't want to go all the way back to the "Welcome" page. Let me know how you like the eBook! - P
 
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Easy Fab-o Chicken Casserole

      EASY FAB-O CHICKEN CASSEROLE
           
KIND OF A MEXICAN-Y CHICKEN.
                                             
                                  

Another fab-o and EASY cake recipe!

                    BUTTERSCOTCH RUM CAKE 
 
YAHOO! WOOT WOOT!  I just found ANOTHER fabulous cake recipe that meets
all my stringent requirements...
          -  EASY
          - COMMON INGREDIENTS
          - AFFORDABLE
 
Got this from a favorite website (I'm a member there, actually),  called

Yummy Southwestern Salad w Black Beans

Top fresh, crisp salad greens with black beans, sweet corn, and grape tomatoes - then bring it all together with this fresh avocado-lime dressing. It has a Mexican-y flair.  Very good! 
 
Wish I could take credit for this because it is just fabulous, but I actually got the recipe from the Eating Well Cookbook.  Don't be put off by the amount of ingredients - you blend most of them together so it isn't nearly as complicated as it looks.  Man oh man, this is DELICIOUS!

Video: Quick'n Easy Mexican-ish Dish. YUM!

As you guys know, I really like Chef Todd Mohr. He's down-to-earth, non pretentious, and his cooking classes are easy and fun. I've learned a ton from him!
 
This is a recipe he just sent me that I really like because it's quick 'n easy, it'shealthy, and it's sooooo good!  Sort
of has a Mexican flair to it, and I'm sure when you watch this you'll see how versatile this recipe can be.  (I put a little chopped cabbage in ours and it was DE-lish!)

Video:Artichoke Appetizer

   This is called "Artichokes Gratin" 
 
Iloveartichokes and this recipe is so special.  It's different without being weird, and man is it ever good! 
(I've been served this on two different occasions but haven't had a chance to make it myself yet.  I can't wait to make it - and John wants me to hurry up and make it too!  Definitely a winner! :>) 
 
"HOW TO" Video follows. Also gives ideas for variations and good suggestions for serving.

MOLASSES BROWNIES - FABULOUS!

My friend Ron Douglas is the author of the "Cooking Secrets" cookbook series. He's a master at getting recipes of the most popular menu items from top restaurants across the US. 
 
This particular recipe is from the "Harvest Restaurant" in Cambridge, MA. I've never been there but now that I've tasted these brownies,that place is on my Bucket List! :>
 
I mean these are absolutely FABULOUS - wonderful rich flavor with a hint of espresso.  Mmmm!

What to do with the Kids & Grandkids - EASTER

                                         Ahhh. . .  Easter. 
My memories of Easter as a child drum up happy visions of spring, lilacs, colored eggs (real, not plastic),  a fluffy pastel dress and white patent leather shoes for church, and of course - the magic of the
Easter Bunny (who brought candy not knowing Mom didn't like us to have it.