Homemade Hummus = (almost) Free Food

Commercial hummus makes me crazy. It’s expensive, chalky, and usually tastes of neither tahini nor chickpeas. So, I make my own. You can too, for about a third of the price of prepared hummus.

Basic Homemade Hummus

1 1/2 c. dried chickpeas  (about $0.70 if you buy in bulk)
3 T or so tahini, to taste (about $0.25, […]

Fresh Chickpea Salad

We know you’ve been on pins and needles wondering just what exactly we did with those fresh chickpeas. Today we bring you the answer.

Jilly was in town for this experiment, and I must confess that we were both a bit stumped by the chickpeas. Raw, they sort of tasted like regular peas, only milder, or […]

Chickpea Stew

This chickpea stew—vaguely based on a similar one I had in Spain—has become a staple in our house. (I promise an update on those fresh chickpeas soon, but first, a stew to go with the rainy, dreary weather.) It’s cheap, flavorful, and, if you make it in the pressure cooker, surprisingly fast. It’s definitely intended […]

Mystery Produce: Fresh Chickpeas

As part of Jilly’s visit to Philadelphia, we made our regular circuit of key South Philly institutions: La Lupe, Chickie’s, Di Bruno’s, and, of course, the Italian Market. Both of us got excited when we saw what we thought was a bin of fresh fava beans. We envisioned a fruity, lemony salad, maybe with […]

Chickpea Soup

This soup is not unlike a liquid hummus. Depending on your preferences and what you have on hand, you can make it vegan or with chicken stock; with or without parsley; and lumpy or smooth. I use the pressure cooker both because the texture of the “sauce” in canned beans creeps me out and because […]