A few months back one of my best friends and I went out to play trivia with her parents in Bethesda.  You know Trivia?  A lot of bars have trivia night once a week or so in which you pick a team, there are a number of rounds, you answer questions or look at pictures.  They reward the winning team, usually with beer.  Now let me tell you, there is only one reason to invite me to Trivia night:  I'm a nurse, so I always have a pen in my purse.  That's it.  Otherwise, I'm likely to buy a lot of good beer (so I guess that's number two reason to invite me).  

I informed my friend Emily before I joined her family of my two uses for trivia night and she, God bless her, invited me anyway!  haha.  I also informed her amazing brother and parents the same thing before I even sat down upon arriving.  Well lucky for me, I answered one question!!  One and only one.  And  even better?  None of them knew the answer! 

What is Tahini made of?

do you know the answer?  I bet as many points as we could on it.  The answer is sesame seeds, and I was right of course.  Why do I know this?  Because I make my own hummus.

It really is quite simple, all you need is chick peas (garbanzo beans), tahini, olive oil, and optional lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic.  
 Oh and you also need a food processor, which my aunt was so kind to give me her "extra" one last week.  I mean, honestly Meg? who needs two food processors?  How did you end up with two!?

I would like to tell you that I use a recipe, but I don't.  I just kinda wing it and hope it works.  This time I think I added a smidge too much garlic, but I still ate it all so it couldn't have been too bad.  My mom has a great recipe that I am more than happy to share with you all if need be.  Otherwise, here are my step-by-step directions:
Start by pureeing the chick peas.
 Add garlic and tahini.
 I have been told that the best way to cut up garlic is with a microplane, luckily I received one from my aunt and uncle for my birthday
 Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste 
and if need be for consistency throw in a splash of water (or the juice from the chick peas)

Pulsate again and you're done!  Grab some carrots and enjoy

You should give this a try, even if you are the type of person that generally sticks to recipes