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Chuck Braden

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 3 medium-sized cloves garlic, minced

1 cup tahina or tahini (ground hulled sesame seeds)

3/4 - 1 cup cold water

cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. salt

In a deep bowl, mash the garlic to a paste with a pestle or the back of a large spoon.  Stir in the tahina.  Then, with a whisk or spoon, beat in 1/3 cup of the cold water, the lemon juice, and salt.  Still beating, add up to cup more of the water, one tablespoon at time, until the sauce has the consistency of thick mayonnaise and holds its shape almost solidly in a spoon.  Taste for seasoning.

 Makes about 1 cup.  Use as a sauce for fish, fried veggies, or as an ingredient in hummus and baba ghannooj.