A few days ago I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few items to make this hummus, and as I was placing my items on the conveyer belt, I saw a little girl dressed in an all too familiar black and white plaid jumper. It was the same plaid uniform that I wore during my years attending St. Paul Catholic School. So I smiled thinking about which teachers this little girl might have and which classroom she spent her days in. And I thought about the little friends she might be making in the same hallways that I met my best friends. I wondered if the friends she was making now would be the same friends that would stay by her side for the rest of her life. Because that’s how it was for me at St. Paul. I spent my school days at St. Paul with LT and Annie, and these two wonderful girls are still my very best friends today. We were attached at the hip through those 8 years of Catholic School, and the bond we formed there is probably why I look back at my time in grade school so fondly. And though we all had different groups of friends in high school and college, and our friendship went through many different phases, these two have always been my anchors. Because whether we were in a period of talking every day or whether a few weeks passed between our long winded interactions, I never doubted that they were my best friends. There is something special about having friends who have known you through every phase of your life. Those type of friendships seem to be especially strong, as they effortlessly ride the storm of “growing up.” There were times I got caught up in some short lived friendships in high school and college, but when it came down to it, I always turned to Annie and LT in the end. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from a play by Edward Albee. “Sometimes it is necessary to go a long distance out of your way in order to come back a short distance correctly.” Because no matter how many twists and turns our lives take, we always have each other to come back to. And that, my friends, were my long winded thoughts while standing in line at the grocery store.
This easy hummus recipe doesn’t contain tahini, but is still just as delicious as the store bought varieties. I added garlic to the mix, but you could easily customize it with roasted red peppers, chili powder, or whatever other flavoring you like.
Ingredients: Makes 1 1/2 cups
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 whole clove of garlic, peeled
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture is smooth
- Serve with veggies, pita bread, ect.