Saturday, April 12, 2008

Best hummus on Earth and addictive green bean recipe

The picture doesn't really do it justice, but this really is the best hummus, atop some equally delicious pita, both of which I got from the fantabulous restaurant/take out down the street, Exotic Bakery. The name doesn't really describe it, it has delicious Syrian food. Hummus, falafel, lebne, etc. plus lots of pastries, and the pita they get from a bakery in Dearborn, so it's pretty local. Everything is good, and the hummus beats the pants off the stuff in most grocery stores. They also have these awesome green beans, which I recreated in my own kitchen tonight. Here is how I made them:

1 lb green beans
1/2 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 cup olive oil (don't skimp here)
couple fat pinches sugar
salt and pepper to taste
half a lemon

Ok, it looks like a lot of olive oil, but trust me. Heat the olive oil in a big pan. Add the onions an cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the green beans, cook a few more minute, then the garlic, and cook yet a few more minutes. Now add the tomatoes, juice and all, and the sugar. Cook over fairly low heat for about 35 minutes, or until the green beans are soft, and almost starting to fall apart. You are not looking for crunch here. It should all be melded together, stewing in delicious olive oil. Mmmmm. Trust me and make it, it is like crack. You'll keep going back to fridge to sneak more bites, and it is even better the next day.

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