Smokey Artichoke Hummus

by Kelli H. on August 24, 2014

I have quite the collection of hummus recipes on this blog of mine. It used to be because it was a healthy snack for David to bring to school. Now I’m back to making more hummus recipes for him to have a quick and healthy snack at work. Bless his heart for loving hummus and broccoli so much. I can honestly say that while I enjoy trying out new hummus recipes, David is the sole eater of these creations.

Cast of Characters

I feel like I should document my morning and the earthquake as it’s something I’ll probably want to remember. David and I were sleeping (obviously! Who is up at 3:20 a.m.?) and I woke up to the loudest rumbling sound. My heart was pounding out of my chest and I scooted right up next to David and grabbed his arm. He woke up completely freaked out and asked where he was! He said he was having a dream that he was at work and they were in the middle of an earthquake. Anyway, I guess I really freaked him out, but I’m sure he would have woke up on his own. I just jolted him awake. haha. We were laying in bed, hearts pounding, just waiting for it to be over. Ryder walked out of his room, into the living room, and back to his bed. He didn’t even check on us. When it finally ended (not that it was really long, but it always feels longer) we laid in bed with our adrenalin pumping and could barely fall back asleep. As I was laying there in those seconds after it finished all I could hear was my neighbors wind chimes clanking back and forth, then it went silent, and I could hear the crickets again. I tried falling back asleep but I was sweating and scared and waiting for aftershocks. About 10 minutes later I heard a lone duck quacking. I felt bad for it. Luckily we felt no after shocks. 

When I woke up 4 hours later I saw I had a text from Debby. I felt so bad for her. I knew she was all alone in her house and must have been terrified, and here she was texting me to make sure we were okay. What a sweet friend! She has family in Napa that had lots of damage to their properties. Other than that, I’ve been stalking the news and social media today keeping an eye on the damage.

Earthquakes are scary. I’ve definitely been in my fair share of them, but this one was the biggest I can remember. I was only 2 in 1989 so I don’t remember the big one. I guess for now (and hopefully forever!) this will be the biggest one I remember. The rumbling sound is what stays with me. Think sort of like thunder but it doesn’t stop for what seems like forever. The house is swaying and you’re just praying that it’ll stop soon! Luckily, most earthquakes we’ve had are usually pretty small and are over so quickly. I don’t think anyone ever gets used to them — super eerie.

On a happier note, this hummus is easy, and delicious. I love the addition of artichoke hearts and it’s even inspired me to create another artichoke bean dip that I’ll most likely share next week. Geez, my blog is sure turning into an appetizer and snacks recipe blog lately.

Smokey Artichoke Hummus
Recipe from Heather Christo

1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/3 cup olive oil

In the bowl of a food processor; pulse the garlic until chopped. Add in chickpeas, artichoke hearts, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt and turn the processor on. Stream in up to 1/3 cup olive oil until it all comes together and is smooth. Remove from food processor and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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Made in Sonoma August 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm

I haven’t been eating much hummus during pregnancy. For some reason it just hasn’t appealed to me (which is REALLY unusual because I feel like I had an addiction throughout the fall and winter!) I’m hoping my tastes switch again so I can enjoy it! I bet I would love the smokey flavor of this hummus.


Made in Sonoma August 26, 2014 at 1:25 am

I am so glad to hear you are okay and hope that freaked out feeling goes away! This hummus looks awesome!


Made in Sonoma August 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I’m sure your taste for it will come back after your pregnancy. 🙂


Made in Sonoma August 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I was so happy to hear that you guys are okay! We barely felt anything but I can imagine it was terrifying to be as close as you were. And how funny about Ryder! He’s like, whatever. Hopefully everyone in Napa gets back on their feet pretty quick!

And David is spoiled with all of these delicious hummus recipes! 😉


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