I love being onstage. It’s the great love affair of my life. There’s something about dressing up I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow, and having the opportunity to bring joy to so many people I’ll never know is a gift.

Right now, I’m playing an ingenue in Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies at a local community theatre, and it’s been an incredible run. After another wonderful show, some of the cast and a few friends came over for a party. We talked around the fire until late, enjoying each other’s company while we recounted tales of ill fated love and nights of too much whisky and trying to avoid how soon we would all be split again in separate directions for who knows how many years.

But no gathering is complete without something to share. For a hearty appetizer to go with the fuel of the theatre – cheap beer and wine – you can’t go wrong with this easily doubled or tripled recipe.

Five Minute Hummus

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Dash of salt
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • Top with paprika, if desired

Insert all ingredients into food processor until smoothly blended. Serve with seasonal vegetables and a sourdough baguette.

Eat and make merry.

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