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Apr 21, 2007 12:46 PM

Mom's Artichoke Hummus -- Packaged Panacea?

Last time we debated the packaged hummus conundrum some folks were stuck on smooth & creamy, others on chunky and with texture. And then there were those that ragged on product with preservatives.

OK, so how about Mom's products made in Orange & sold at Certified Farmer's Markets in LB & OC & maybe beyond? While purists might choke on the thought, how about Mom's artichoke hummus -- smooth, creamy and flavorful, with a modicum of texture from chunks of artichoke, and preservative-free too.

BTW, the tabouli, couscous and tapenade aren't too shabby either. Everything glistening fresh and reasonbly priced, eat well for days for a few buckos. And no, I don't own stock in the company.

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  1. Hi bernardo!
    If you still happen to have a Mom's label at hand, please post their contact info.

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    1. re: RicRios

      The label say:

      "Mom's Specialty Foods 2721 N. Rivertrail Road, Orange, CA 92865"

      No phone number stated -- methinks "mom & pop" operation here.

      BTW, if you like roasted red pepper tapenade, theirs has walnuts & pomegranate, very tasty indeed.

      1. re: bernardo

        The red pepper tapenade is muhammara, although they don't put that name on the package because I guess the name muhammara isn't familiar to most Americans. Mom's muhammara is very good. The muhammara at the Moishe's restaurant stand at the Farmers' Market on 3rd and Beverly is also good, but I think Mom's might be a tad better.

      2. re: RicRios

        They've changed their name and address, but have the same good stuff.

        Mom's Products
        7441 Cerritos Ave
        Stanton, CA 90680
        (714) 995-1705

        (Just discovered them at the NBC Uni commissary farmer's market!)

      3. Their stuff can also be purchased at the Studio City and Encino markets on Sundays.

        I've had the Artichoke hummous, and I must agree it's out of this world. They also make some great falafel balls (a package of four is only $2), plus they have the most addictive pita chips ever (don't say I didn't warn you).

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        1. re: GK in SO

          Ditto on the pita chips; they were the absolute hit of our last house party. (We had 3 other kinds of chips from Trader Joes that hung around while the Mom's chips vanished quickly and with repeated compliments). I also like the artichoke himmus, and they make decent pita bread as well. I'm not quite sure how "mom & pop" they are--they're at farmers markets all over town (Beverly Hills is our local market). The address on the last bag of pitas I bought is different from *bernardo*'s: I have: "Mom's Products" at 7441 Cerritos Ave., Stanton, CA 90680"

          1. re: GK in SO

            They also come by the Claremont Farmers Market every Sunday morning. The artichoke hummus is my favorite!...though the roasted red pepper is a definite second. However, I'm not so found of their pita bread, it a little too doughy for me. Al their products from hummus to tabbouleh, pita, pita chips and halva are sold at any 3 products for $10

            1. re: GK in SO

              they're also at the brentwood farmers market on sundays...

            2. I mentioned Mom's in that thread but I think I was the only one. I was surprised as I really like their products- esp. the roasted garlic hummus.

              I get it at the East Pasadena Farmer's Market. yum

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              1. re: RoxyGrl

                I don't know which thread you are referring to but I have touted Mom's several times too!!! I also love their moutabal, garlic pita chips (OMG), fresh pita (I lightly toast if not using it for dipping and I love the texture, not too doughy for me), artichoke hummus and last but not least, HALAVAH! Whenever we had deli on Sundays, it was not complete without a slab. I think Mom's is better! I have never had their falafel balls as I'm a bit of a skeptic, I only like them fresh out of the fryer, nor the tabbouleh as it is just not something I die for. I'm going to have to try the Magic Sauce if that is what it is called but maybe I have had it under a different name as I love anything with roasted eggplant.

              2. Mom's rocks. The guy who sells their stuff at the Studio City Farmer's Market is really nice too.

                I am flat-out addicted to their lemon pita chips but in the interest of my waistline, I only buy them when entertaining. If I pair them with either the red-pepper/pomegranate tapenade or the eggplant/red-pepper dip - people go totally nuts.

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                1. re: bodie

                  The young guy at Studio City IS really nice.

                  Mom's sells at Irvine (Saturday 8-noon, Campus & Bridge Sts.) as well, though they have heavy competition right next door -- I forget the name of it but they have an impressive array of flavoured hummus. I still like Mom's better -- and the hairy young Turk who runs the competition and does the fake "Come try, monsieur!" creeps me the hell out (the moreso because he DOESN'T speak French -- I tried.)

                2. They're also @ the Fullerton FM on Thursday nights. Three years ago, I was addicted to their garlic pita took an entire sumer to get over it. Their pitas are also wonderfully fresh & well as the dips.

                  They used to be at the Brea FM on Tuesday evenings; not sure if they're always there.