I was going to tell a long winded story about my reason for making this tart, but I’ll save you from it; everyone has rough days and there is no need to lament. The bottom line of the story was this; always keep puff pastry in your freezer. It’s made by Pepperidge Farm, it’s cheap, and it’s at every single grocery store.
Why should you have this on hand? Because you can put just about anything on top and in thirty minutes you’ll serve a meal that makes people think you’re a ridiculously awesome cook. You can top it with fruit or sweet stuff and make a dessert, or even with cheese and sauce and have a pizza. It’s versatile and delicious.
Homebeccanomics got a face lift! My baby projectile vomited all over me at 6:10 AM this morning, so it’s nice that SOMETHING is looking good.
Still me, though, and still working out the kinks so bear with me.
Hummus. Yes, you can buy hummus really easily. It’s tasty when you buy it. It’s tastiER when you make it. It’s also way cheaper if you will make it a few times. To make it yourself you’ll need a fresh lemon, a can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), some garlic and a bit of cumin and cayenne. You will also need something called tahini. Know how you grind peanuts to make peanut butter? Well you grind sesame seeds to make tahini. It’s high in healthy fats and vitamin E. You can buy it at any grocery store. It keeps at room temperature for months (years?).
Jess and Monica are the masterminds behind the site, The Real Housewives of Bucks County, which is SUCH a fabulous site that it got showcased on The Nate Berkus Show. They’re crafty and design savvy and lots of other things that sometimes make the lesser crafter feel chagrin. Let’s not despair, let’s just beg, borrow and steal so we, too, can be crafty masterminds.
Anyways, they were kind enough to have me guest post on their site! The price of avocados has JUST been lowered at my local Giant, so it’s time to make some guac! Just try to find me someone who doesn’t like guacamole, because unless I discuss their problem with them I won’t believe it. EVERYONE likes guacamole! Make it this weekend and if you like it, make it again for the Superbowl! Go to their site and check it out! Happy weekend.
Oh, today is my husband’s birthday and Sunday is mine, so look for my BIRTHDAY CAKE post on Monday!
Buying fresh food and then not getting down to cooking it is the WORST. It’s like grinding up twenties in the garbage disposal. By depending more on frozen, canned, and the like, you will rarely waste your food! Buy breads, cereals, fresh meats, dairy and some produce on a “need” basis according to what you plan on making that week.
So whether this is Polish, Irish, or German in origin, it’s pretty dang good. This was one of my very favorite comfort foods growing up, and for whatever reason I didn’t start making it until recently. It’s mind-numbingly easy and just requires the occasional stir.
Even if your new year’s resolution has something to do with saving money or cursing less, I’m willing to bet “get healthier” is somewhere in your mind. Maybe, like me, you’ve been on a sugar roller coaster since Thanksgiving and you’re starting to feel the effects. Regardless, the Monday after New Years is a GREAT time to make a change.