Business and Hummus

Sorry we’ve been MIA lately. Life is busy. Daniel is taking 2 summer classes (an entire semester condensed to 8 weeks or so=LOTS of work). I’ve been busy working at the gym and hanging out with the triplets. I do have something rather exciting to share though!

For the past few months, I’ve been helping Martin Stein, CEO and President of UturnUptick Consulting, put together an eBook chock full of tips and ideas for successful business. After MANY revisions, cover designs, edits and e-mails, I am proud to say that Martin’s book, 99 Creative Ideas for Successful Prospecting is now available on Kindle, Nook and iBookstore! Martin (or Marty, as I know him) has been in the business world for over 30 years, and this book is his compilation of ideas, tips and advice pertaining to the world of prospecting.

Not sure what prospecting is? I had no idea either when I first started work on this project. To make a sale, you need a customer, right? Well, in order to find potential customers, you’ve got to get your name/business out there! This eBook is all about getting in front of the right people so that you can successfully sell your ideas, products or services. It’s more than just sales, it’s about making personal connections with people, and becoming the best that you can be! If you have any interest whatsoever, please, PLEASE check out this book! (Note: right now I only have the active link to the Amazon listing, but I’ll put up the Barnes&Noble (Nook) and iBookstore links soon!)

We’ve also experienced an abundant amount of zucchini from our garden, and this weekend, I felt the urge to make a delicious dip to eat with the tender, young squash.

I landed on a hummus recipe, and got to work. I decided to make my own tahini (sesame seed “butter”), and I think this hummus really shines because of that little extra step. And guess what? I made about 3/4 c. of tahini, and it cost $0.78 (plus whatever a drizzle of oil costs). But seriously, tahini for under $1? (If you go to the grocery, in the Mediterranean aisle, a 2.5 c. jar of tahini costs like $6)

Homemade Tahini

  

  1. (optional) Toast your sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often until the seeds are slightly toasty and the scent of sesame fills your kitchen (although this is optional, I would HIGHLY recommend this step!)
  2. Grind 1 c. sesame seeds (hulled or unhulled) in your coffee grinder until the seeds are pulverized into a fine powder.
  3. Transfer the sesame powder to a bowl and slowly drizzle in olive oil until you get the desired consistency.
You could also do this in a food processor, but I would recommend using at least 2 c. of sesame seeds, unless you have an amazing food processor that can process minimal portions of foods.

Homemade Hummus

(slightly adapted from this original recipe)

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained (save the liquid from 1 can of chickpeas)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely (I used jarred, sue me)
  • 4-6 TBSP lemon juice (to taste)
  • 4 TBSP homemade tahini
  • 1-2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add chickpeas, garlic, 4 TBSP lemon juice, tahini, 1 tsp. salt and 3 TBSP olive oil to food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add in the liquid from the chickpeas to get your hummus to the desired consistiency.
  3. Add in extra lemon juice, salt or black pepper as desired.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of paprika for a colorful pop!
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