Hummus is a tasty and nutritious food that can be used in a variety of ways. You can fill a sandwich with it, or dip pita triangles, chips, crackers, or raw veggies in it. Here is a good basic recipe.
Soak the dried chickpeas in cold water for 6 hours. Drain and rinse. Put in medium saucepan with 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover, cook until tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
Drain chickpeas, saving out some of the cooking water. Place chickpeas and all other ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth. Add as much of the chickpea cooking water as you need to create the desired consistency.
Add any of the optional ingredients to create a variety of flavors.
Place in covered container and chill in the refrigerator. Serve with additional olive oil drizzled over the top. Enjoy!