Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

One of the things that Matt and I enjoy doing (especially before kids), is go snowshoeing, especially up in the white mountains.  We haven’t been able to go in about three years.  But when I saw that our friends Al and Andrea (check out her website!) own snowshoes, we jumped at the opportunity to get together with them and go locally.

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We had a great time!  It was nice to finally get outside!  I was sore and got some nasty blisters from my boots, but it was worth it!  After snowshoeing, we went out for lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Grill Next Door.  For some reason, the red pepper hummus on the menu was calling my name.  I had never had this type of hummus before but knew I needed to try it!  Oh my god it was soo good!  So what did I do the next day?  Try to make it of course!

Any recipe where you can throw all the ingredients into the food processor at once is a great recipe.  And that is why you should make your own hummus!  I used this recipe from the blog Six Sisters’ Stuff.

IMG_20140126_175256And that’s all there is!

IMG_20140126_175414It doesn’t taste exactly like The Grill Next Door’s hummus but it is delicious!

I’ve made this twice already.

IMG_20140202_141057Once just to snack on and the second time was for our annual family dinner.

IMG_20140208_160316Not only is hummus so easy to make, it is a healthy snack!

IMG_20140208_160327Don’t forget to check out the recipe and give this amazing hummus a try!

Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews

I was a little slow this week at getting to the Sundays with Joy recipe.  Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews is a simple recipe with minimal ingredients.  However, I did not have two of the main ingredients, ground mustard and cashews.  And to be honest I didn’t want to spend the money for just this recipe.  So I took some time to figure out how I could modify or just be inspired by Joy’s recipe.  Then I thought I could use the pumpkin seeds I would be roasting.  Perfect!  However, as you know, that did not work out so well.  They burned. Ok, fine.  I probably could have opened my cabinet and tried a couple of spices and use regular mustard somehow.  But for some reason, I just didn’t want to.  I wanted to follow the recipe.  I decided to see if anyone I know had ground mustard and/or an abundance of cashews they didn’t need.  I had success with the ground mustard.  I broke down and bought cashews.

This recipe came together in no time.  I did cut the recipe in half because I didn’t have enough cashews.  Simply mix together the ingredients and coat the cashews. Place the cashews on a baking sheet and bake.  Of course, they were on the verge of burning right before I took them out.  But I saved them just in time.

I have to say, these are really good!  I really can’t remember the last time I ate a cashew.  Or if I even have ever had one.  These would make the perfect party snack.

If you want to give these cashews a try, look for the recipe in the Joy the Baker cookbook.  And of course, you can check out the Joy the Baker blog for tons of great recipes.  The next Sundays with Joy recipe is Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Of course, I think sweet potato in a cookie is weird, but I won’t be surprised if they taste amazing.  I’ll let you know!

Kettle Corn and Biscuits

Two very different but very delicious Sundays with Joy recipes I need to share with you.  I completely forgot to make the first one, Perfect Kettle Corn.  I must have been too focused on the fact that summer was quickly coming to an end.  Ok, I’m over it.  So I doubled up and made the popcorn along with this past week’s recipe Cheddar Chive Jalapeno Biscuits.

Other than Jiffy Pop, I never made popcorn on the stove.  Talk about easy (other than burning the sugar JUST a tad) and so much cheaper.I think this was the best popcorn I have ever tasted.  It has sugar which I think is why it is so amazing.

The biscuits are a first for me as well. I have never made them and I was a little nervous.  For some reason I always thought it was complicated.  But nothing about Joy’s recipes have been complicated so I should have known better.   Another first about this recipe is using jalapeno.  There is a warning in the recipe not to touch your eyes after you cut the peppers so of course I was very paranoid.  I did touch my eye, oops,  but it stung only a little.  The recipe did call to keep some of the seeds in the pepper but I chickened out.  I removed all of them but there was still a subtle kick to them.

And it is so good when you bite into the biscuit and you can taste the cheese, chives, and peppers all at once.

I will definitely be making this recipe for Thanksgiving!

Next week’s Sundays with Joy recipes is Apple Pie Crostadas.  Great way to kick of the baking of fall desserts!