I love Hummus! And it wasn’t until recently that I realized that homemade Hummus can be so easy and delicious. My realization started at my local farmers market in Long Beach, NY. One summer afternoon, while on maternity leave, I decided to take a walk with my baby to the farmers market.
Our normal daily routine was to just hit the boardwalk, get some fresh ocean air, burn some calories and head back home. This one afternoon however, the farmers market was calling my name. Little did I know that it would totally change my view on…you guessed it…HUMMUS. Since then, I’ve never bought Hummus in the store again.
The farmers market is great. It comes to Long Beach every year and sets up on a bi-weekly basis from April to November. You can buy amazing local fruits and veggies, cheese, breads, and pickles; but there are also organic soaps and all kinds of different artisan’ stands.
One thing that I truly love there are the tomatoes – which start to be ripest in the middle of the summer. I try to hit the market often over the weekends to get those tomatoes. At any rate, on a random Wednesday at the market a new stand showed up. The attendant looked at me and said: “I have the best hummus you have ever tried.” Of course I had to put that bold statement to the test: I tasted…I agreed…and I had to buy it on a weekly basis thereafter. Yet, come November my market was gone for the winter.
However my addiction to hummus then was so strong that I felt I may need to go to rehab. This is when I decided to work on my own recipe. The inspiration came from Ina Garten. Whenever I use her recipes they always turns out to be super delicious. I ended up putting my own spin on the recipe and let me tell you, it is heavenly! In fact, I think it is better then the one from the market. Please try this chipotle hummus with roasted pine nuts and let me know how it comes out.