Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Really Random Tuesday #84: Book Winners, and Roasted Chickpeas

Two winners!  Today I have a couple of book winners to announce. The winner of The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani is Kimberly from Historical Fiction Obsession.  Congratulations, Kimberly! The winner of Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler is Marjorie.  Congratulations, Marjorie!  I hope you both enjoy your new books.

Thanks to everyone who participated in my book giveaways.  If you didn't win either book, please take a look at the other giveaways I have listed on the right side of my blog. 

I've slowed down my reviewing this summer, but I hope to post more reviews soon.  Thank you for your patience!


I've made this yummy treat many times this summer.  I discovered (a version of) this recipe in Joy Bauer's newsletter.  They are easy to make, delicious, and healthy. 

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 16-oz can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
  • Salt, plus favorite spices and herbs (fresh or dried)
  • Cooking spray and/or olive oil

  • Preheat oven to 400º.
  • Rinse the chickpeas in a colander, then gently pat them dry.  Remove any loose skins.  I get organic garbanzo beans from Trader Joe's.  They are a great price.
  • Place chickpeas on a small baking sheet (toaster oven size) that has been lightly-coated with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Season with salt and whatever spices and herbs you like.  I like to use pepper, oregano from my garden, and a maybe bit of fennel.
  • Brush chickpeas with a small amount of olive oil, or spray some on.  I use a Misto to spray them lightly with olive oil.
  • Roast them in the oven for about 40 minutes.  I set the oven timer for 40 minutes; after that I take a look and might roast them for a few more minutes. 
  • Chickpeas are ready when they are browned but not burnt.  If you want them to be crunchy, be sure to dry them thoroughly. You might also need to keep them in the oven for a while longer.

Roasted chickpeas

These are really good.  Roasted chickpeas are a wonderful snack by themselves, and are also tasty in salads.


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  1. Congrats to the winners!

    Those chickpeas look delicious!

  2. Thanks so much!! I look forward to receiving The Supreme Macaroni Company!! :)

  3. Congratulations to Kimberly and Marjorie!

    I have a few cans of chickpeas in my pantry, so I think I'll try your recipe. I love Himalayan Pink Salt!

    1. I hope you like them, Vicki! I am a big fan of Himalayan Pink Salt (also from Trader Joe's). :-)

  4. Recipe looks very good. I at garbanzo beans almost every day in a salad

  5. Many people are reading Adrianna - it is a great read!

  6. A big fan of chickpeas, I love the sound of these roasted.

  7. I never thought of roasting chickpeas. What a healthy snack they make. Thanks for this recipe!

    1. Laura, thanks for stopping by! Thanks also for the terrific book giveaway! :-)

  8. Thank you so very much for the win, you made my day.
    Congrats on your win Kimberly.

  9. Congratulations to Kimberly and Marjorie.

    I love chick peas. I think they make a good side dish too.

  10. Love chickpeas!
    Congrats to the ladies!

  11. Congrats to the winners :)

    I do like chickpeas as well and I have bought the Trader Joe's ones. I've never thought to roast them, I'll have to try that! I usually simmer them on the stovetop and add Spanish seasonings, diced potatoes and garlic, then when ready, I pour them over white rice.

    1. Naida, your dish sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :-)

  12. Congratulations to the winners! I am not much of a cook, but your Roasted Chickpeas Recipe sounds like one I might give a try. Thanks for sharing it. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

  13. Congrats to the winners, and the chick pea recipe sounds great. I may try that this winter when the weather is cold and the kitchen needs warmed up. Thanks for the visit to my reading nook yesterday. I always appreciate comments.

  14. Congrats, winners!
    The recipe sounds delicious!

  15. Congrats to your winners! I read the reviews of the books below and they sound intriguing. I'm a fan of Adriana Trigiana ( I hope I spelled that right) and I need to read this latest. I can't wait for Big Stone Gap to be out in the theatres! Your roasted chickpea receipe sounds delicious.


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