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Dishing Up the Dirt Cauliflower Tahini Dip

15 minutes prep
30 minutes active cooking
45 minutes total

Makes 6 - 8 servings

Andrea Bemis and her husband started farming in the upper Hood River Valley near Parkdale in 2012.

In her spare time – between growing 6 acres of vegetables to supply Tumbleweed Farms CSA subscribers, a weekly farmers market, and restaurant kitchens – Andrea wrote a couple of cookbooks. And she had a baby.

Her newest, Local Dirt, offers stories and recipes about cooking with products grown and caught around the Pacific Northwest. Andrea’s recipes coax lots of flavor from a handful of ingredients, and her creative takes on traditional classics make the familiar seem new.

Photo via @andreabemis

What you'll need


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1 head cauliflower, chopped, stem and leaves included

3-4 cloves of


2 teaspoons of


1 teaspoon of

black pepper, freshly ground

1 lemon, zest and juice

Chopped parsley or mint for garnish

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Cutting Board

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"This simple spread combines one of our favorite things, roasted cauliflower, with the flavors of the Levant."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Coarsely chop the cauliflower into pieces about 3/4 inch thick. Spread onto a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and roast at 400F until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Step 2

Peel the garlic cloves, and combine with other ingredients in a food processor, blitz until smooth. Taste and add salt if needed.

Step 3

Spread onto a plate, top with chopped herbs, and drizzle with olive oil.

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