Desperate Housewives: Hummus and Margaritas

A review of “Hummus” and “Margaritas” from The Desperate Housewives Cookbook.

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20190317_160748Hummus is an easy recipe to make, and it’s a favorite in our house so to be upfront: I’m pretty judgemental with these recipes.

Why is hummus so easy?  This is what it involves: throw everything into a food processor, and turn it on.  Sometimes, like in this recipe, they’ll ask you to mix in a few extras afterword and/or sprinkle paprika on top, but that’s literally as tough as it’s going to get.

This particular recipe combines chickpeas, lemon juice, sesame oil, garlic, and olive oil in the processor, and then mixes in parsley, scallions, salt and black pepper.

You can store this in the fridge for several days, too, which is always nice!


Taste: 8/10

This was good, but definitely not the best hummus recipe out there.  It was a little too heavy on sesame oil in my opinion (my husband’s favorite, though, so he gives it 10/10).  We added a little lemon juice on top after the first try and it was slightly improved, but still an 8 for me.20190317_160547

Difficulty: Easy

Just toss in food processor, blend, and then mix in some extras.

Cost: Cheap

Ingredients include chickpeas, lemon juice, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and scallions.


I just tried my first margarita recipe last month, and am already on to a new one!

This one was very similar, although they use water instead of lime juice when rimming the glass with salt, and they excluded the olive/olive juice.

The glass is dipped in a wet paper towel followed by a layer of salt in order to create the salt rim.  Separately, tequila, cointreau and lime juice are shaken with cracked ice.  Then the tequila mixture is carefully poured into the glass.


Taste: 9/10

If I hadn’t tried the Orange is the New Black Margarita recipe so recently, this might have been 10/10.  But OITNB stepped it up a bit with the added lime on the rim and olive juice in the drink, and that did make a difference when it came to taste.large

Difficulty: Easy

Nothing complicated here!  We didn’t have a shaker, but were still able to make do with an empty jar.

Cost: Average / Expensive

Tequila and cointreau, as with any alcohol, can raise the cost on this one.  Lime will also be needed.


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