Garlicky Hummus Recipe

Garlicky Hummus Recipe

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Everyone needs a good to-go spread that is also a crowd-pleaser for everyone, yes, vegans included! Ours is homemade hummus. For those of you whose experience with hummus has been store-bought, you’re in for a real treat, because there’s nothing like freshly made hummus!

Also, another surprising fact is that it’s pretty easy to make. While you might not find everything you need to make this recipe at your local supermarket, you can find everything here at Roma’s!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 large lemon (1/4 c. lemon juice)
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on how garlicky you want it)
  • ¼ cup Tahini paste (sesame seed paste)
  • ½ Teas. ground cumin
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. EVOO
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tbsp. Za’atar

How to Make:

  • Open and drain chickpeas in colander. While drying, rough chop garlic and measure out tahini, lemon juice, cumin, and EVOO.
  • In a food processor, add tahini and lemon juice and blend together. Scrape down sides and blend until smooth. Next add in garlic, cumin, and salt (1/2 teas.), blend together.
  • Add in half of drained / rinsed chickpeas and blend. Scrape down sides. 2 Tbsp. of water to help thin out the chickpea mix. Add in second half off chickpeas.
  • Be sure to scrape down sides so that all of the hummus is blended to your desired consistency. The more liquid you add, the creamier it will be. If you are looking for a thicker spread, add less liquid.
  • Take out of food processor into a dish. Top with Za’atar seasoning and finish with drizzle of EVOO.
  • Enjoy with pita or veggies!
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Roma’s Valentine’s Specials 2018

There’s no better way to say, “I love you”, than with food! Now through Valentine’s Day, enjoy two specials: our Surf & Turf Dinner Special including: Two 7-8oz. Cold Water Lobster Tails and Two 14oz Prime New York Strip Steaks for $44.95. We are also offering white & dark chocolate covered Strawberries, 6 for $14.95.

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Showstopper Dill Chicken

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One of our resolutions in 2018 was to work smarter, not harder— and this chicken emulates our sentiment, bite for delicious bite. Enter: Dill Chicken— the simple-to-make dish that is versatile and tasty.

What you’ll need:

Chicken:

– Chicken drumsticks (estimate 2 per person)

– Fresh Dill (one bunch)

Marinade:

– EVOO

– Fresh Lemon juice

– 5 cloves of garlic

– fresh dill

– Smoked Paprika

– Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Prep your marinade. Chop garlic cloves and rough chop (washed) fresh dill. Set aside. Squeeze out juice and rough chop lemon peel. In a gallon plastic bag add in rinsed chicken drumsticks (excess water is okay). Add in ¼ c. of lemon juice, 4 tablespoons of EVOO, 1/2 tbsp*(or to taste) of Smoked Paprika, 1 teas. of salt and pepper*(or to taste), add in garlic, fresh dill, and lemon peel. Seal bag and mix/ shake thoroughly. Refrigerate for 1-24 hours (the longer you marinade, the better).
  2. Set out chicken 30 minutes before you plan to cook it so that the temperature of the meat comes down to room temperature. This helps ensure even temperature while cooking. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. The secret to perfect drumsticks is even air flow. Elevate your meat with a cooking rack placed on a sheet pan. Cook your chicken for about 30 minutes, then pull it out so you can place the fresh dill on the chicken.
  4. Coat drumsticks with fresh dill and place back into oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Let drumsticks set for a couple minutes before serving as they will be piping hot inside! Enjoy!
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Acorn Squash Soup Recipe

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Even though it feels like we’re experiencing a “heat wave”, with the recent frigid temperatures, we still have a few more months of winter left. Which is OK when you have a homemade recipe such as our Acorn Squash Soup to warm you up! Try it and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. acorn squash (1 large or two smaller)
  • 3 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅔ c coconut milk
  • 3 ½ c vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400*.
  • Slice the acorn squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place cut-side up on baking sheet and drizzle with EVOO.
  • Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and rub with EVOO. Place face-down on baking sheet.
  • Roast for 45 minutes (should be very tender) at 400*. Remove from oven and allow to cool until you can touch it without getting burned.
  • Remove skin and place squash and potatoes into a large bowl
  • Heat up remaining EVOO in large pot
  • Sauté onion until translucent
  • Stir in spices, cook until fragrant
  • Add in broth, squash and sweet potato, bring to a simmer, cook about 15 minutes
  • Blend until smooth in batches, return to pot, add in the coconut milk and any additional spices you desire
  • Serve with a sprinkle of garam masala and enjoy!
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How To Practice Mindfulness This Holiday Season

 

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In the hustle and bustle of it all, it can be overwhelming to do just about anything. Let alone do something such as practicing mindfulness. What does that even mean? And how could you possibly do it when you’re so busy. There’s that word. If we had to guess, it’s probably one of the most used words in out there, and sadly the response that many give when asked how they are. Soon you’ll start to realize that all you ever are is busy. What do you miss out on because you’re so busy, we are also guessing that it’s more than you want to.  So, before Christmas is really here, let’s ground ourselves so that we can soak up as much holiday cheer as possible with these tips.

  1. Set the stage. Before walking into a room of holiday (chaos), ground yourself. Sit down and set a time limit, it can be 5 or 10 minutes, or longer if you have the time. Make sure you are alone in a distraction-free environment.
  2. Be aware of your body, how you feel, and find your breath. Concentrate on your breath filling your lungs and how it feels as they deflate as you exhale.
  3. Notice how your body feels and what your five senses are taking in at the moment.
  4. Allow your mind to wander, but do your best not to give into any potential anxieties. Accept them as they are and to let them go.
  5. Take deep breaths and exhale steadily, practice control.

It just takes five minutes to clear your mind! We hope these tips contribute to be more present this holiday season and to truly enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

Happy Holidays!

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5 Things Learned While Making Homemade Ravioli

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I’ve always wanted to make pasta. And for the better part of a year, I was really going to make it. I even had a growing collection of Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Epicurious magazines stacked with their covers raving about scratch pasta and how it was worth the mess. To be honest, the mess always held me back. It seemed like a process, and being that I don’t have a gourmet kitchen (as featured in aforementioned publications), the task of making homemade pasta seemed daunting. Then came the KitchenAid pasta maker attachment. Then the subtle hints of making handmade pasta became even more obvious. Then, one (boring) day, shortly after Thanksgiving, I broke down and finally made the butternut squash ravioli I had been dreaming up and here’s what I learned.

  1. Making homemade pasta is a mess, but it’s also a fun process. There’s no getting around it, you’re going to get your hands dirty. Of course, I was prepared to use my KitchenAid’s dough hook, but let’s just say I didn’t have beginner’s luck. I ended up hand-mixing it and forming the dough into a ball where it sat and hung out for a few hours. This gave me time to clean up that mess and prepare myself for the next step, rolling the dough.
  2. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty fun. At first, learning how to use the pasta roller wasn’t easy. Then, after a few tries, you get the hang of it. It’s almost therapeutic!
  3. Don’t use cornmeal on your pasta dough until you’re done cutting your ravioli. After rolling the pasta sheets, I was eager to sprinkle cornmeal on the dough, to prevent the sheets from sticking to one another, however, that trick was proven to be wasteful with excess dough (after the ravioli was formed and pressed).
  4. Get creative with your ravioli filling. I made a butternut squash & ricotta ravioli topped with brown butter garlic, baby Portobello mushrooms, and scallions. The dish preparation was cut in half because I had leftover butternut squash puree from Thanksgiving. It’s pasta (dough) filled with whatever you desire, have fun with it!
  5. You can really taste the difference. Store bought pasta doesn’t hold a light to scratch pasta. Sure, you can have your favorites (we all do), but homemade is the real deal. If you’re looking to impress your guests or take your dinner up a notch, this is what your dinner table has been missing.

Don’t know where to start with making homemade pasta? Don’t worry, Roma’s carries everything from pasta makers (imported from Italy) to Double 0 pasta flour! Simply ask the next time you’re in!

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Thanksgiving: Two Weeks Out

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Okay, there’s no secret that we love the holiday season. Not just because we love to cook and that the foundation of most (holidays) are pieced together by tradition and classic family recipes— but we are also family people. Simply put, the holidays bring us together. While this is exciting, it can also be stressful as these moments are often fleeting, and we all want to ensure that the day is perfection. You don’t get into Julliard on a solo audition, well, maybe if you’re really good, but for everyone else (including us), we must practice.

Alright, since you’re reading this, we will assume you’re hosting. First off, congratulations, Thanksgiving kicks off everything else, so it’s kind of a big deal. Now, let’s take physical and mental inventory. Ask yourself these questions below:

  • How many people are coming?
    • Do you have enough:
      • Main / side plates
      • Silverware
      • Drinkware
      • Seating
      • Tablespace
    • Does anyone have any dietary restrictions?
  • Envision the items
    • What are you making? What are others bringing? Run through the list of every item, including beverages (non/alcoholic), that will be available on T-Day.
    • Don’t end up shorthanded! Run through your spread and mentally place each item in its own serving dish, on perhaps a hot plate, with its serving utensil— do you have enough to accommodate yours and anyone who may have forgotten to bring one for their dish?
  • Prep ahead!
    • What can you do now to help avoid last minute stress? Purchase your non-perishable items ahead of time.
      • Items such as, canned goods, potatoes, ice, and décor.
    • Rehearse
      • We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that you don’t eat holiday side dishes on the regular, which means you might want to practice making them. This will also give you enough time to research and test recipes if you don’t love how it came out the first time.
    • Don’t forget about dessert
      • Thanksgiving is all about the bird, but there’s a start, middle, and end of the meal that must be also addressed. Our advice is to delegate appetizers and desserts OR outsource them (check out our catering menu here). If you’re focus is on the main / sides, let it be your focus.
      • Even if you’re not making the pie(s), you are responsible for coffee and tea. That means, ensure you have enough cream, sugar, stirrers, and cups to satisfy your sleepy (and full!) guests.

Good luck and feel rest assured knowing that a successful Thanksgiving is all in the prep work. Also, if you need a hand, Roma’s offers the full Thanksgiving dinner (we’re accepting orders through November 19th!).

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EVOO or the Other Stuff?

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We live in a world with abundant choices. Perhaps, too many. The same goes for olive oil. There’s so many different brands, with different labels, and then there’s the decision of Extra Virgin or Regular. What does it all mean? Isn’t olive oil, olive oil? No. Not for this one. We’re firm believers that the type of olive oil you use can make or break a meal.

The first thing you should know is that are there two major differences in olive oil: refined and unrefined, or in other words: “Extra Virgin Olive Oil” and “Regular Olive Oil”. One of the first things you may notice about the two is the color. EVOO (refined) is noticeably darker whereas Olive Oil (unrefined) is lighter. Why is that? It’s because EVOO is made from pure, cold-pressed olives and is treated to remove impurities, and the regular olive oil is a blend, including both processed and cold-pressed oils, and is left unrefined. What’s pressed in the bottle, stays in the bottle. What about all that “good stuff” that olive oil contains? In the process of refining the EVOO, some of those healthy antioxidants are removed, that’s why it’s best to always have a bottle of each in your kitchen.

So, what to cook with? It’s about preference. Experts say to have both versions in hand when cooking as you may not taste the richness of EVOO in the prepared meal, and to use the better stuff to finish dishes or to use as dips. However, yet again, it’s personal preference. We’ve cooked with both, we enjoy both. We enjoy the food prepared with EVOO just a little bit more.

Tell us: which type of olive oil do you cook with?

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Thanksgiving 2017

We are now accepting your Thanksgiving orders now through November 19th! Please call our Latham location to place your order at 518-785-7480.

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