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Easy and Pleasy Hummus

While hummus was not something that I ate (or had ever even heard of) growing up, I do enjoy it now.  It can be made with a variety of ingredients, so the recipe below is a basic outline that can be modified as you see fit.  I probably eat it most often with pita chips (store-bought or homemade) but it can certainly be used as a dip for raw vegetable sticks, crackers, or tortilla chips.  

1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1tsp cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 c tahini (if you have it on hand; typically found in the peanut butter section of the grocery store)

Drain the can of garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid for use later in the recipe. Put all of the listed ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend on low-medium speed (adding in about a quarter-cup of the reserved liquid) until the mixture is smooth and reaches desired consistency.  

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