Guest Post: The Smart Kitchen’s Bloody Mary Bean Dip

While I am enjoying some R&R in the mountains, I am very honored to bring you a guest post from Sarah, (aka Miss Smart). I started reading her blog, (The Smart Kitchen), over a year ago and immediately fell in love. After a brief courtship, if you will, her blog quickly bumped other blogs down my favorite’s queue, and hers took first place. After I started blogging I was thrilled to see her first comment on one of my posts, and I quickly ran to tell the hubs all about how the famous blogger, Miss Smart, was reading my blog. I could hardly contain my excitement! Enjoy her wit, charm, and fantastic recipe below.


Hi! My name is Sarah and I live, play, and blog in The Smart Kitchen (and Austin, Texas). I’m a little crazy in the kitchen, but that just means I have more fun. I want to thank Leila for letting me pop over and share a twisted recipe with y’all. Come visit me sometime. 🙂

Leila and I formed our blogger bond over a number of things: we’re both teachers, swear by our Contigo travel coffee mugs, spill things when cooking,* are generally awesome…and, most importantly, have a shared understanding of the greatness that is Trader Joe’s Horseradish Hummus.
*Although she throws them away. I may or may not, depending on the situation.

I first had this hummus at the insistence of my friend Erin when I lived outside of D.C. Not really knowing what horseradish was, but being generally scared of it for reasons I’m still not sure of,* I was hesitant to taste.
*It might have had something to do with the horse crossed with a radish on the label? Maybe?

But I fell in love.

Over Christmas last year, I returned to the East Coast and was able to once again taste the surprising yumminess that is this bizarre sounding (and scary to most people) hummus, and, after endearing my father to it, declared that I would one day recreate it. Seemed easy enough, right? It couldn’t be more than horseradish and a can of chickpeas mixed together.
But I suffer from middle-child, “Look at me! Look at me!”* syndrome, and I can never settle for a simple. I have to take it over the top. So that got me thinking…where else does one use horseradish? And that logically led me to hangover cure for the masses, originated at the St. Regis in NYC and now found on brunch buffets the world over (and on most national and international flights): the Bloody Mary.
*Yes, that was a quote from 10 Things I Hate About You. Thanks for noticing.
I’m actually not that big of a drinker, so I have no idea how I knew to even associate horseradish with the tomato-based concoction, but I have since learned that its existence in the mix is actually a rather controversial topic. But I really couldn’t care less about that.
What no one can argue is the need for a little Lea & Perrins (or your other, perhaps more inexpensively purchased, Worcestershire sauce) and tomatoes. As I intended to make hummus, there was also no denying the need for a can of garbanzos.
Should you choose to use a different white bean, you will no longer have my permission to call it hummus. Instead, you must call it (the yes, more alliterative) Bloody Mary Bean Dip. Hummus isn’t hummus without a chickpea.
Cayenne pepper, minced garlic, salt, pepper, horseradish, and Worcestershire all go into the mix, along with an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. Juice a lemon straight into the bowl for a little brightness to round out the flavor.
Technically, I guess we should call this a Virgin Mary hummus, as I didn’t actually put any vodka in it. But I’m not stopping you from doing so. It might make your party all that much more fun. [Or your Tuesday night. Whatever.]
The tomato sauce and the lemon juice make this a pretty smooth hummus. It’s not too thin for dipping, however, and it will thicken up with time and a little chill-out in the fridge.
[You can see that it will still grip the sides of a glass.]

Right now you might be thinking, “That’s all well and good, Sarah, but the one thing I know to be true is you can’t have Buffalo wings or Bloody Marys without celery.” Why, I couldn’t agree more.

OK, so this might not the be most practical way to serve it…it’s certainly fun, right? And all of your guests can bond over having to maneuver their hands and pita chips into the glass! Just think: it’s the new and improved “did my hand just graze yours in the popcorn tub” first date icebreaker!

Fine. Maybe not. But you should still make this anyway. Especially if you, like me, think that shrimp cocktail really just exists so that we can eat cocktail sauce.

Bloody Mary Bean Dip
(Makes 1 1/2 cups)

1 15 oz. can garbanzo or other white bean
1 8 0z. can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (reduced sodium preferred)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish, according to taste
3-4 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
celery sticks, for serving

1. Rinse and drain beans.
2. Combine beans with remaining ingredients in a food processor.
3. Process until smooth. [Mixture will be pretty “loose” but thicken up if stored in the fridge overnight.]
4. Serve with celery sticks or chips.


Thank you so much Sarah!

What is your favorite brunch drink? How about your favorite hummus creation?

I’m a cappuccino gal myself. But sometimes to occasional mimosa will graze my lips. As for hummus, I can’t think of a dip I haven’t enjoyed. But the Trader Joe’s horseradish hummus really takes the cake. I cannot wait to throw Miss Smart’s Bloody Mary Bean Dip into my Cuisinart!

Roasted Garlic Hummus

I have a rather fun and eclectic group of friends. We used to have country themed potluck parties once a month. The first was an Ethiopian themed feast. We moved through the world, enjoying dishes from Ireland, India and Spain (just to name a few). But over time things changed. People moved away. People had kids. And life generally got in the way.

But this weekend, we loaded up the bikes, and pedaled three miles south as our good friends Crissy and Kevin revived our potluck tradition with a trip to Greece in their backyard.

It was quite the feast.

Obviously I needed to try a little of everything.

Mmmmm, lamb ribs…I don’t even like ribs, but these were amazing!

At first I couldn’t decide what to make. Visions of tzatziki and baklava danced through my head, but in the end hummus won out, (as it usually does). I did, after all, receive a little nudge from Crissy as she politely asked if I might be bringing my famous hummus.

And so I bestow to you, dear bloggettes, my Roasted Garlic Hummus recipe.


1 can garbanzo beans (Keep half of the liquid. The garbanzo “juice” helps with the consistency)

1 head roasted garlic

2 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1 TBS tahini

1.5 TBS lemon juice

1.5 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp Tapatio (or hot sauce of your choosing)


Throw all ingredients in your food processor (or blender), whirl away.

I like my hummus to be extra creamy, so I walk away for 2-3 minutes and let the food processor do its thang.

I wish I had a pretty picture to show you, but I boxed this up, brought it to the party, and not a bite was left at the end of the night, (and I made a double batch!).

So you get dippable veggies…

and tupperweared hummus instead 🙂

Safe and sound on the Left Coast.

A full Minneapolis foodie re-cap will be coming, but until then, I shall leave you with a very brief scene:

Ali buys me a well-known favorite treat at Trader Joe’s: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels. I get very excited about the fact that Trader Joe’s has a location near Veronika and Stefan. Veronika promises to take me to Trader Joe’s.

Ali and I enjoy a bottle of Cab, pregnant Veronika cannot partake. I ask if we can go to Trader Joe’s before getting frozen yogurt…

Two containers of hummus are purchased.

Two containers weighing 8 ounces each, 5 ounces above the legal carry-on liquid limit.

Ali and I get creative.

Hummus makes its way past security, and is happily consumed by me.

Happy Birthday Libb!

Today Libb, (Live-in-basement-brother), aka Jake* turned the big two-three.

*I would like to point out the normalness of my brothers name: Jacob, and the abnormalness of my name: Leila.

Jake moved in with us in June so he could attend college in Spokane. One perk for him living with his foodie sister is that he gets an extra-special birthday dinner.

When I asked Libb what he wanted for his birthday dinner his immediate response was Potstickers! One family tradition is that everyone chooses what they want to eat for dinner on their birthday. Every year my brother and I would ask for potstickers. Just potstickers. My mom always tried to talk us into also choosing a vegetable side dish, but no, we really just wanted the potstickers.

My response, ummm yes! The hubs response? Ick! Libb thought about it for a while and changed his mind. He wanted steak burgers. Then the hubs saw a commercial for Burger King for their new jalepeno steakhouse  burgers. He decided he had to make Libb that for his birthday. My suggestion was to just take him to Burger King, but that was a no-go.


Not my style, but the boys were sure excited about this prospect.

We didn’t make it to a specialty meat market, so the boys had to settle for regular ground beef. I’m sure they will survive. I decided against eating this monstrosity and instead opted for a gardenburger.

And what did I eat before my gardenburger consumption?

Brekkie: some of the tastiest oatmeal I’ve had in ages: oats, almond milk/water, chia seeds, brown sugga, pecans and dried apricots.

Lunch: hard boiled egg sammie with a laughing cow wedge, dijon ‘tard on a whole wheat english muffin.

Snackie: a tart’n’sweet pink lady apple and a babybell cheese

plus lots of H20 out of my super cute new water bottle.

I am a firm believer that cute water bottles help you to consume more water.

Some homemade toasted sesame hummus with baby carrots,

which needs a tad more salt and something else that I can’t quite put my finger on yet.

And a little afternoon pick me up.

Numi Vanilla Black Decaf is very tasty, tasty.

But back to that gardenburger. I put bacon on it. Yes, this goes against everything the gardenburger stands for. But when the boys were making their bacon I couldn’t resist the waffs coming from the kitchen.

I expected to say Holy yummoly! But instead it was sodium overload! I ripped that bacon slice right off of that gardenburger, dignity intact.

The hubs made some bomb(dot)com onion rings too.

The boys burgers looked like this prior to grilling.

And after, Libb topped his burger with jalepeno, cheese, pineapple and bacon.

He declared himself full after 4 bites.

But we had to save room for dessert!

I picked up these babies at Celebrations.

Peppermint mocha, red velvet and 2 lemon vanilla’s.

Plus an extra large chocolate one for the birthday boy.

I think we are actually going to save these until a later date though.

What did Libb get for his birthday?

Food of course.

My parents got him some Mexican snuff*, which can also be used for cooking.

*Growing up in Yakima we got spoiled by real Mexican food and products. Spokane does not have these fun items, and it is a crying shame.

And my parents and I obviously know Libb’s taste in dessert well…

fruit snacks from mom and dad.

and generic from me.

My grandma sent us gummy frogs every year, so when I found these I had to purchase them.

As well as some really, really, cheap beer. Which Libb got very excited about and opened immediately…it was warm.

My parents dogs Bachelor and Zoey sent Libb a card, complete with a paw print signature.

And in honor of my friend Lindsay, who is participating in the no-pants week challenge, I am wearing a skirt today.

I think I can manage rockin’ no pants during the work week, but no way I can take on the week long challenge. Major props to those girls who are taking on this challenge in January. If it were July I could totally do this 🙂

Now and Then.

Remember that movie?


I was 12 and totally in love with Devin Sawa.

Now I’m sipping on some coffee,

and menu planning for the week.

And trying to figure out a way to get this,

and this

on the menu without groans from my meat-lovin’ fellas.

Then I was nibblin’ on awesome hummus,

at The MAC for BeGin, where the drink tickets were as cute as a button!

Help save the MAC!

The current exhibits are all about women.

I think I belong in the 50’s, but instead of feeding the kids early and sending them to bed, we’ll feed Libb early and send him to bed.

I tried a few times to get a good shot of these wall decals, but couldn’t 😦

I really want this green dress.

I’m glad bikes are no longer built this way.

E and I showing off our fun hobo clutches.

After we were (politely) kicked out of The MAC at closing, we hit Hill’s for a late dinner.

First up: beer battered shrooms.

I wasn’t super impressed with the shrooms, but the dipping sauce was tasty, tasty.

My main course was their reuben.

Again, sadly, I wasn’t too impressed. The corn beef was rather tasty, but my “salad” was still wet from washing. Thus resulting in soggy bread 😦

The hubs had their Elk burger.

Everything was okay, but I think we’ll wait to go back until Summer when we can partake in their roof-top garden grown ingredients.

Back to now…I’ve got a busy Saturday including birthday shopping for Libb, shopping for snowboarding attire (I’m taking lessons tomorrow…yikes!) and the zags game tonight! What are your Saturday plans?