My husband gave me a gift card to Wild Thyme Cooking to go to a cooking class for my birthday (in January). I just cashed it in two weekends ago. We went to a summer grilling series and learned a lot. We grill out at least one a week, if not more during the summer and I thought this class would be perfect for us. We went not knowing what we were going to do or learn and we were surprised on what all they had on the menu for the night.

First they made Hummus. I was not a fan of Hummus until I tried it there. I had tried a store-bought hummus long time ago and didn’t like it. It was grainy and didn’t have much flavor. I gave it a try with grilled pita bread and loved it. My husband and I are now hummus fans.

Next, they grilled organic roman lettuce, topped it with yellow heirloom tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and candied walnuts that she grilled in aluminum foil before topping the salad. She made a blue cheese dressing, but since I can’t have blue cheese she made a light vignette for me. It was delicious!

Steaks! Look at those big steaks!

She wilted spinach in a pan on the stove top and grilled onion for the greens and top the steak with a blue cheese butter. I had mine without the blue cheese butter but my husband said it was awesome!

For dessert she rubbed some oil on slices of pound cake and grilled it for a few minutes to get a char on the outside but still moist on the inside. It was delicious with berries and homemade whipped cream.

We really enjoyed being at Wild Thyme and will defiantly be going back. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend going for a fun night. Check out their website here, click on the calendar to see list of classes that are offered. They have hands on classes, where you’re doing the cooking, and some where you watch and learn.

This past week I had to make hummus for my husband. We have two dishes of hummus in our refrigerator right now, one for me (more lemon) and one for the hubs, which has more cayenne pepper in it. He likes his more spicy, I like mine with just a kick of spice. You can tell the difference in color in the picture. Mine is on the plate and his is in the bowl, which has more of an orange color because of the cayenne.

Below is the recipe that I adapted to our taste. If you’ve never had hummus or have tried it and didn’t like it, you gotta give this a try. You can adjust the taste by adding more lemon juice or more heat with cayenne pepper. It taste good and its good for you! Serve it with grilled pita bread or any veggie you like.

Enjoy!

Hummus

Ingredients:

1 – 25 oz. can of chick peas/garbanzo beans

1 lemon, juiced or 1/4 cup lemon juice

2-3 tbsp Tahini Paste

 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

4 tbsp olive oil, to reach correct consistency

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

In a food processor blend the first four ingredients together until smooth. Next, mince the garlic so there’s no chunks of garlic and add in cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. While blending, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to reach the creamy consistency that you prefer. Add more lemon for a more citrus taste or add more cayenne for more spice.

Serve with toasted/grilled pita bread or fresh vegetables.

Adapted from Wild Thyme Recipe

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