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My Mom’s Hummus Recipe

My Mom’s Hummus Recipe .

I’m sitting at home reading a Bloomberg wire report about one of my favorite foods — hummus.

Bloomberg reports that a group of Lebanese businessmen wants the European Union to declare hummus and other of my favorite foods like tabouleh — as "traditional Lebanese dishes."

The Lebanese businessmen think that other countries are ripping them off.

"It’s mostly Israeli companies claiming all our specialities as their own," said Fady Abboud, president of the group. "So many of our specialties are being marketed now as Israeli traditional dishes and among the most famous is hummus."

Abboud wants the EU to grant the hummus legal protection, the same way that the Greeks were given protection for feta, the French for champagne, and the Italians for parmesan cheese.

Now, I don’t want to interfere in a international trade dispute.

Suffice it to say that my mother Rose was born in Lebanon.

And she made perhaps the best hummus I’ve ever had.

And I’ve had a lot of hummus.

Hummus is nutritious.

And delicious.

It makes you stronger and healthier.

So, Bloomberg’s report on the Lebanese claim to hummus got me to thinking about an idea that would help us raise funds to push our substantive agenda onto the front burner of American politics.

Here it is:

If you donate to Nader/Gonazlez by midnight tonight an amount that has the number three in it (three being the number of lemons in my mom’s hummus recipe), we’ll e-mail to you Rose Nader’s hummus recipe tomorrow.

That simple.

So, you can give $3.

Or $13.

Or $30.

Or $33.

Or $300.

Anything up to the legal limit of $2,300.

But it has to have at least one three in it.

If it has a three in it, we’ll e-mail you the recipe tomorrow.

You can share it with your friends and family.

(Your donation will help us reach our current fundraising goal of $250,000 by the October 12 deadline. It will help us fund our get-out-the-vote drive over the final stretch of this campaign — which translates into putting the substantive Nader/Gonzalez shift the power agenda front and center in this crucial election year.)

Thank you for your ongoing activism and support.

Together, we are making a serious difference — and keeping our sense of humor.

Onward to November.

Ralph Nader

(PS: If you donate $100 or more now, we will send you a hard cover copy of my most recent book — The Seventeen Traditions (HarperCollins 2007). And I’ll autograph it. This book makes a wonderful present — for the upcoming holidays, as a wedding present, birthday present, Mother’s Day present, or for a baby shower. (This Seventeen Traditions book offer expires on October 12, 2008 at 11:59 p.m.))