Thanks for posting these. My Chowhound search didn't turn up anything useful and I didn't know which recipes to trust off of Google.
So, I just made a batch of hummus that had the most fabulous texture. But the tahini taste was awful. All I did was toast some fresh sesame seeds, then grind with a little bit of water. But the smell and taste of the tahini was terrible. I think I toasted the sesame seeds too long. They didn't look burnt or dark brown in the pan. They just turned a tan color. But the ground sesame seeds were a rich brown/orange and the resulting hummus had a smoky (more like burnt), bitter, unpleasant taste. It was still edible, and I enjoyed it, but I think I'm going to make another batch of hummus tomorrow without any tahini and mix it in to dilute the flavor a little.
Despite the tahini flop, the hummus was SO smooth and creamy. I cooked the chickpeas a little after taking them out of the can, then removed the skins, and blended with 2 cloves of garlic, salt, lemon juice, and plenty of liquid for a good 2-3 minutes. Really nice! Next time I will just skip the tahini and have plain chickpea dip.