Monthly Archives: March 2015

How to Keep Guacamole From Going Bad

Spicy guacamole

It’s a weird scenario to think about, but it’s always a possibility. You’ve made some awesome, fresh guacamole dips for the party, but seemed to have made too much. Though people are snacking on your pretzels and guacamole, it seems like there’s going to be a good bit of leftovers.

What do you do? Do you instantly whip up some recipes using guacamole? Do you try to eat it all yourself? Or do you try to save it?

The logical thing, obviously, would be to try to save your fresh guacamole, but the trouble is that avocados — the most important of all guacamole ingredients — tend to go bad quickly.

Fortunately, there are ways you can keep fresh guacamole fresh. Here are just a few.

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16 Mar 2015

March Madness Homemade Hummus Dip Recipes That Are Sure to be a Fan Favorite

Recipe with hummus

With the start of March Madness just around the corner, you’re likely to be hosting or going to a game day party. And of course, as with any game day party, there’s like to be a lot of food there. Why blend in and bring the “same old same old” when you can create tasty and delicious hummus dip recipes at home to share with friends — or frenemies?

While hummus spreads have only recently become mainstream in America — taking a seat right next to ketchup and mayonnaise in the refrigerators of many American homes — it has been around for quite some time. Like, a really long time. In fact, the earliest documented recipe for something similar to modern hummus dates back to 13th century Egypt.

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13 Mar 2015

Four Ways to Add Visual Flair to Meals

Edible flowers for cupcakes

There’s an old saying that says people eat first with their eyes. This saying continues to be supported through technology platforms like “I Ate This”–one of the biggest and most active groups on Flickr in which over 19,000 members contribute photos of food that is visually intriguing. Whether you are an at-home chef trying to make foods to appeal to your friends and family or a professional chef in the restaurant environment, ways to make food not only taste great but look amazing as well receive positive feedback from diners. Here are some tips for versatile ways to make dishes beautiful.

#1. Use Edible Flower Petals

A great way to add a touch of elegance and whimsy to dishes from salads to soups and desserts is by using edible flower petals. There are (more…)

13 Mar 2015

How Hummus Can Help You Stick to Your Healthy Eating New Year’s Resolution

Mild salsa

Now that the new year is well under way, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? If you fell off the bandwagon, not to fret, there are several easy ways to get back on track, and one of those is hummus dip recipes.

Hummus is a spread that consists of boiled chickpeas — also known as garbanzo beans — that have been mashed or pureed along with fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, and sea salt. Some variations call for the addition of tahini, a sesame seed paste that adds an additional nutty flavor and creamy consistency, as well as a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Traditionally, hummus is garnished with a sprinkle of paprika, chopped parsley, lemon wedges, and additional olive oil.

Sound too good to be truly good for you? It’s not. Hummus is the not-so-guilty-pleasure that’s ac (more…)

06 Mar 2015