Hummus In A Hurry. New Music From Night Dials.


Not only is this recipe for hummus quick, it’s really good as well. The seasoning ratios are just right, although that guy in the video would be pretty pissed about the tahini omission.

Serve the hummus along with easy to make pita triangles.

Hummus In A Hurry


3 cloves garlic
15-ounce can chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pita Triangles (recipe follows)


1. Mince garlic in a food processor. Add chickpeas, salt, cumin and cayenne pepper. Process in short pulses until chickpeas are minced.

2. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and 2 tablespoons reserved chickpea liquid.

3. Process until smooth, adding 1 to 2 more tablespoons of chick pea liquid as needed. Taste for seasoning, adding more spices and/or lemon juice.

Makes about 2 cups

Serves 6 to 8.

Do ahead: The hummus can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days.


Pita Triangles


4 pita rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt


1. Preheat oven to 400℉.

2. Brush both sides of pita rounds with olive oil.

3. Stack one pita round on top of another. Using a sharp knife, cut the stack into 8 wedges. Repeat with remaining two pitas.

4. Place wedges on baking sheets and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

5. Cool pitas completely before placing in a resealable plastic bag to store.

Do ahead: The pita triangles can be stored up to a week.

Recipes from What Can I Bring? Cookbook by Anne Byrn

How about some gritty, garage style music? Yes, please!

Check out Night Dials on the band’s Website, where you can learn of upcoming shows in London and Buckinghamshire. You can pre-order the new album here.


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Cubano Quesadillas. New Music From Old House Playground.


Q: Why do sharks swim in saltwater?
A: Pepper makes them sneeze.

So bad!

But these Cubano Quesadillas are so good. All the flavors of a Cuban sandwich served up tortilla-style.

Cubano Quesadillas


4 flour tortillas
8 thin slices Swiss cheese
4 thin slices ham
4 thin slices roasted pork or turkey
Sliced dill pickles
Yellow mustard, for dipping


1. Place half of cheese on top of two tortillas.

2. Top the two tortillas ham, turkey and a few slices of pickle.

3. Top with remaining cheese and tortillas.

4. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat with oil and cook one quesadilla at a time, about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted

Serves 2 to 3

Recipe from Everyday With Rachael Ray Magazine

‘Polite Fiction’ is new from Manchester-based band Old House Playground. I love the menacing guitars and the lounge lizard-like vocals.

Check out Old House Playground on the band’s Website and Facebook, where you can learn of an upcoming album launch party in Manchester.


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Short And Sweet. Microwave Toffee.


Since making toffee is usually a pretty precise undertaking, what with needing the sugar mixture to be a certain temperature in order to set up into a crisp candy, I was intrigued when I found this recipe to cook it in a microwave.

Just pop 4 ingredients into the microwave and 10 minutes later you have toffee. Only tricky part is to stir in the vanilla really quickly before pouring onto a pan to set. Any delay and you risk the mixture separating. The toffee will still set, but you have to pour off the liquid that has separated out.

Microwave Toffee


1 1/3 cup sugar
1 cup butter, melted
1 Tbs light corn syrup
2 Tbs water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. In a 2 quart glass measuring cup, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and butter. Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until caramel colored. Stir in vanilla.

2. Immediately pour onto a greased 9 x 12 inch jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is soft then spread evenly. Sprinkle with walnuts.

3. Let stand to cool completely then break into pieces.

Makes 1 1/2 pounds

Recipe from Favorite Family Recipes

Here is a short song.

And a sweet song, though sad. I find Rick Warren’s voice totally mesmerizing.

Check out Jonesin’ And The Hurt on Facebook and Bandcamp, where you can buy their music.

Learn more about Rick Warren on his Website and Bandcamp, where you can buy the music.


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Jools Oliver’s Pregnant Pasta. New Music From Callum Chynoweth Band


Jamie Oliver calls this Pregnant Pasta since it is a dish his wife Jools craved while she was expecting.

Nobody here is expecting anything but a good meal and this pasta fits the bill.

It’s rich with flavor from the sausage and fennel. I love how everything gets minced up in the food processor. It couldn’t be easier.

Jools Oliver’s Pregnant Pasta


4 green onions
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
2 fresh red chiles (remove seeds for a less spicy dish)
6 mild Italian sausages, casings removed
1 tsp fennel seeds
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 lb penne
4 Tbs balsamic vinegar
400g can diced tomatoes
A few leaves of basil
Parmesan, to serve


1. Roughly chop all of the vegetables, then pulse in the food processor with the chili peppers.

2. Add the sausages, fennel seeds, garlic and oregano. Keep pulsing until well mixed.

3. Spoon sausage mixture into a hot frying pan lightly greased with olive oil. Cook, stirring, until sausage is cooked through.

4. Cook penne according to packet instructions. Drain and reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

5. Stir the balsamic vinegar and tomatoes into the sausage mixture. Add a little of the pasta cooking water to loosen if needed.

6. Add pasta to the sauce and gently stir, adding more cooking water to get the consistency you like. Taste, correct seasoning, and serve with the Parmesan and a few basil leaves.

Serves 6

Recipe from Jamie Oliver

Sydney-based Callum Chynoweth Band has a new single out titled ‘Hope You Know’. It’s absolutely indie-licious.

Check out Callum Chynoweth Band on Facebook, where you can link to buy the music.


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Ball Drop Champagne Cocktail. Dancing Around To Garden Of Elks.



The name Ball Drop Champagne Cocktail might make you think of something to drink to toast in the New Year. Of course, that’s true, but these cheerful, festive sparklers are just as good to toast in all of the events that happen this time of year.

Here’s a cheers to you! Happy Friday.

Ball Drop Champagne Cocktail


1/2 ounce bourbon
1/4 ounce orange flavored liquor
Champagne or sparkling wine
Maraschino cherries
Orange twists


Pour bourbon and orange liqueur into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with maraschino cherry and orange twist.

Serves one

Recipe from Food Network Magazine

Looks like these kids have the right idea. C’mon. Let’s dance to this brilliant tune.

Check out Garden Of Elks on Facebook and the band’s Website. You can buy the music here.


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Chocolate-Espresso Cookies. Dann Morr On The Stereo.


These decadent cookies are chocolate chippers, adult-style. The espresso enhances the rich chocolate flavor and toasted hazelnuts add the perfect crunch.

Chocolate-Espresso Cookies


6 Tbs flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs espresso powder
2 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skinned and chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350℉.

2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a heavy saucepan, melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter together over low heat.

4. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla together. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture. Add the flour mixture and stir until blended.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

6. Place tablespoons of the dough 1 1/2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.

7. Bake for about 12 minutes until the tops crack but the cookies are still soft inside. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks.

Makes 30 cookies

Recipe from San Francisco Flavors: Favorite Recipes from the Junior League of San Francisco

This is a catchy little tune. Finger-snapping good.

“I stumble and fall as I call through the valley
I’m closer while chasing your name”

Check out Dann Morr on his Website and Bandcamp, where you can learn of upcoming shows in Chicago and buy the music.


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Chicken Quesadilla Stuffed Jalapeños. New Music From Embleton.


Heat up your next gathering with a bunch of these Chicken Quesadilla Stuffed Jalapeños. The peppers give the cheesy, creamy filling a nice kick.

There was a bit of variation in spiciness from one jalapeño to the next, which I didn’t expect. You can find a non-scientific tip for how to choose jalapeño peppers that are hotter or milder here.

Chicken Quesadilla Stuffed Jalapeños


20 medium fresh jalapeños
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 cup Monterey jack and cheddar cheese blend, shredded
1⁄2 cup Rotel Tomatoes, drained
1⁄2 cup sour cream
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder


1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Lightly grease baking sheets.

2. Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and remaining ingredients.

4. Spoon chicken mixture evenly into jalapeños. Place on baking sheets.

5. Bake 20 minutes.

Makes 40

Recipe from Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine


Ohio-based Embleton have a new album out titled ‘It Did Me Well’. It’s a lovely collection of alt-country tunes with hints at stories you wish you could know a lot more about.

“She’s Not There” is one of the saddest songs I have heard in a long time.

“Driving you home for the first time to meet mom and dad
I’m so glad that you came
You ask me how long until we arrive, 10 or 12 minutes
almost in sight

We talked about the weather all the way
And you fumbled with your nails because you’re nervous
I’m nervous too, so I turn to look at you
You’re not there

She’s not there
She never was
I know in my heart it’s the truth
I know in my heart there’s no use”

(Unfortunately, the embed function is not working for the song so you will have to go here to listen to it.)

Check out Embleton on the band’s Website where you can buy their music.


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