Some people look forward to New Years Eve, lifting a glass of champagne at midnight, singing “Auld Lang Syne” and then kissing under the fireworks sparkling overhead as they ring in the New Year!
I am not one of those people.
Nope. I’m the person up at 6:00 am New Years Day, my coffee cup full and steaming, the last plate of Christmas Cookies in my lap, ready to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade! It’s tradition! Slippers and cozy blankets required. I hope you tune in on January 1st to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade where Dole Packaged Food’s float, “Soaring Over Paradise,” explores the world’s rainforests. The float includes four waterfalls, a zip line that travels through the rainforest canopy and a flock of Macaws that appear to take flight over the floral gardens! This I have to see! Four waterfalls and a zip line? How cool is that?
You can even count down to the Rose Parade with Dole Packaged Foods at the first “Live on Green” event in Pasadena. Families are invited to indulge in food, entertainment and fun activities at free three-day event in Downtown Pasadena, Dec. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. To 8 p.m., and Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Conference Center. Local people!! This is an event NOT to be missed! At “Live on Green,” Angelenos and visitors from around the world will explore 100,000 square feet of free entertainment, unique and rare exhibitions, and fun activities, as well as indulge in healthy snacks and beverages at the Dole Bistro. Dole California Cook-Off Champion Ally Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen will perform live cooking demonstrations and share quick and fun recipes featuring Dole Packaged Foods’ products!
Y’all know Ally is my friend and she’s kind enough to call me her “Little Sister” on occasion. We’ve been to a few blogging events together and I was there the day she won the Dole California Cook-Off! She’s been creating some amazing recipes for Dole and letting her blogging buddies not only try them, but share them with you! The first recipe I get to share with you is this amazing Pineapple Serrano Hummus! It goes together in a food processor and is ready in under 15 minutes. So simple, yet so incredibly delicious!
If I were the kind of person who stayed up for a New Years Eve party, this is what I’d serve. As it is, I’m still making it and will be happily munching on it during the New Years Day Bowl games (and probably during the re-run of the Tournament of Roses Parade!)
The texture and flavor of this Pineapple Serrano Hummus, with a bit of heat from serrano peppers and a subtle sweet from Dole® pineapple, will leave you full, happy and healthy for the New Year!
Pineapple Serrano Hummus
- 1 can 8 oz DOLE Crushed Pineapple
- 4 garlic cloves peeled
- 1 Tablespoon Serrano Pepper finely chopped
- 1 can 15 oz Garbanzo beans, drained with liquid reserved
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
- ½ lemon juiced
- ½ cup Tahini
- Optional Garnish:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sesame Seeds
- Combine pineapple, garlic, serrano pepper, ¼ cup reserved liquid from beans, garbanzo beans, salt, lemon juice and tahini in the bowl of your food processor.
- Cover, blend until smooth
- Pour into a pretty bowl and garnish with extra virgin olive oil, sesame seeds and paprika, if desired.
- Serve with assorted vegetables or pita chips!
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