Archive for July, 2009


Crostini with Avocado and Green Pea Hummus

We’ve been busy. I promise.  But we did find the time to try out these babies taken from Nigella Express and they are mmm, mmm, good! I couldn’t find the pumpernickel bread anywhere in Moscow (Idaho) where I was making them, so I just used a regular old baguette and toasted slices in the oven prior to making the avocado/pea mixture. I may have also topped them with some fresh ground pepper. I can’t help it, pepper is the best season out there! My father in law (we were visiting them) was teasing me about making “Scarlet Lillie stuff” as I prepared these. I told him that they were way to simple to post. In retrospect, I knew that is exactly why I needed to post them.


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • 2 4.9-oz cans sweet green peas, drained
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 30 small pumpernickel rounds or 8 regular pumpernickel slices, each cut into 4 little squares


Spoon out the flesh of the avocado and put it in a food processor; add the lime juice and the garlic.

Add the drained peas and salt and then process until you have a Kermit-colored puree.

Spread the pumpernickel rounds softly with the avocado and pea mixture and arrange on a large platter for serving.


Happy Independence Day!

Just dropping in to say that we hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! My husband is starting the day off with a rifle competition, then it will probably be an early afternoon nap, then we’re headed over to my parents’ house along with Andrew’s family for some barbecued ribs, potato salad, fruit salad, chocolate mousse, strawberry rhubarb pie, peach-riesling sangria, and much more. We’ll follow that up with a few little fireworks for the kids and then, as this is Andrew’s last night in town before he leaves for school in Seattle for 6 weeks, my parents are keeping B for the night and we’re taking Eva along with us on a little date. We hope you have a fun and happy 4th! Here’s last year’s pictures, again: