September 5th, 2012

Simply Recipes teaches us:

Guacamole, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words – ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). The trick to perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.

In addition to being a decent recipe, the page contains plenty of good advice:

All you really need for guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, the next most important ingredient is lime juice (or lemon if you don’t have lime). Then come the cilantro, chiles, onion, and tomato.

Taking that advice, the simplest recipe of all is over at Melanie Cooks — which has all of two ingredients on the ingredients list. I’m sure it’s wonderful — I’m just on a budgest, and want to make my avocados last as looooooong as possible. So I (sadly?) adulterate my avos with tomatoes and onions and whatnot.

Onward, to adultery!

For starters, here is a simple and basic recipe uses salsa as a core ingredient. Coincidentally, it’s what I first used in my shoot-from-the-hip tests as well. It’s a shortcut that may introduce some flavors you don’t want, but gets to the finish rapidly. And worked just fine for me, let me add.

ROASTED POBLANO AND TOASTED PECAN GUACAMOLE looks interesting! And from Latin Twist: Guacamole with Grapes and Toasted Nuts we see that walnuts and pecans can be substituted for each other with guacamole. Which is good, because we have more than a pound of walnuts at home, and not a lot of call to use them. And no pecans. No grapes other, which is fine. Because…. eh. I might just skip that idea. Unless I’m trying to get rid of grapes.

Greek guacamole, adds in olives, feta and cucumbers.

Caribbean guacamole

PINEAPPLE CHIPOTLE MANGO GUACAMOLE seems a bit fruity, but illuminating for what you can shove into a guacamole and yet continue to be a guacamole and not, say, a fruit salad.

Guacamole pasta isn’t so much a guacamole recipe — and it’s NOT a pasta recipe — as it an interesting idea for putting guacamole on pasta!

If you are trying to pitch used of avocados to your wife, who really, really, really, really likes English muffins, you could do worse than to pitch the Avovado Tomato Melt. Although it contains no guacamole whatsoever, it is made on English Muffins. So that’s something.

I’ve been buying these big, shiny, Florid low-fat “Slimcado” Avocados.
MelanieCooks and Cooking with food cover these definitely-not-a-Haas-avocado fruits. They’re both generally negative, where they aren’t meh.

However, I’ve been okay with with the Florida avos. For the price, you get a lot of avocado per pound. If you are eating them straight, yeah, maybe you’d notice it. But I’ve been adding them sliced to sandwiches or burgers, or making guacamole, and haven’t had a problem.

The ones I bought were from Brooks Tropicals.

December 6th, 2007

bakery poetry

March 12th, 2007

no pie, but fries

January 4th, 2007

I burned my poptart by accident.

October 13th, 2006

spam notes

October 10th, 2006

easy cheese

September 2nd, 2006


July 11th, 2006

cutting an onion

June 27th, 2006

Alpha-Bits cereal 1961-1972

June 13th, 2006

The New Yorker: The Talk of the Town — the re-birth of Bazooka Joe

“We had passed from being quaint, cozy humor to being your grandpa’s joke,” Cherrie, a forty-three-year-old Canadian with a penchant for bright-colored shirts, said recently in the Topps boardroom, on Whitehall Street. A big part of the problem was Joe. “He was a little dweeb,” Cherrie said.

UPDATE 06.15.06: Dan Goodsell gives us the goods on the good Bazooka Joe.

May 18th, 2006

BOOKS2EAT the International Edible Book Festival

May 18th, 2006

sugar—» corn

April 12th, 2006

Dining – New York Times Blog — You Can Leave Your Hat On

Why are men no longer liked baked potatoes?

November 2nd, 2005

BBC NEWS | England | Merseyside | Bacon mistaken for human head

Police have apologised to an artist after raiding his home when an artwork made out of bacon was mistaken for a human head.

September 17th, 2005

a photoset on Flickr – Mom’s Recipes

July 25th, 2005

Times-Tribune – News – 07/25/2005 – The Casey site secures a tenant

And it is, of course, a chain.

We lost a fine family-owned restaurant when this revitalization began, and we’ve replaced it with crap.

Which is a real pity, becuase — otherwise — the projects are very good.

June 6th, 2005

I like Chicken Pot Pie. I used to have the little frozen-kind (you know, with the tinfoil-shell that made your teeth ringe when you hit it with your fork?) heated in the toaster-oven when watching “The Wonderful World of Disney.” Except that Disney was on Sundays and we’d usually have popcorn on Sundays, which means I didn’t have Chicken Pot Pies, then.



Anyhow, I bought this big 6-lb bag of Bisquick Instant Pancake mix for $4 (that should make it clear that the pounds are weight and the dollars currency) becuase it had a recipe on the back for “Easy Chicken Pot Pie.”

It IS pretty easy, but it’s pretty bland. I suppose the fact that it was on the back of a 6-lb bag of Bisquick Instant Pancake mix should have been the tip-off. But I’d never bought BisQuick before. And you’ve got to admit that was a pretty good deal.

Anyway, I’d like to get a better recipe. A tastier recipe. And one that — unfortuantely — involves using BisQuick (brand) Instant Pancake Mix (becuase I’ve got more than 5.5 pounds of it still taking of space in my refigerator).

May 31st, 2005

it's a Sprout phone

Sprout was previously seen in

March 28th, 2005

More on the Milk Bags story, courtesy Our Northern Friend:

bags of, you know — milk!

single people get carton
families get bags
also, you must own a plastic container which is used for years until it wears out which is never

that’s from my fridge
i displayed it so you could see the milk bag tag

you cut the corner of the bag with scissors or a knife or a milk bag opener thingy
the hole must be just the right size or else it pours funny

it’s always been like that everywhere all the time

the bag fits snuggly
you have to whack the pitcher on the counter a few times to get the bag in
it’s like a suction cup effect

Her point, being that Milk Bags, when sold in multiple units, contain (are contained with?) Milk Bag Tags, that are like unto those of Bread.

This Child of Isreal is not unfamiliar with the phenomenon:

they sell milk like that in israel too and they’ve been doing it forever. at least since ’83 when i first saw it.

they have chocolate milk in smaller plastic bags. you buy one for 50 cents or so for your brat, clip off the corner and let him suck on it.

February 24th, 2005

Meat for your feet: Wurstteppich

Let us a piece prosperity into the rooms carry. Because, sausage is too beautiful to be over only eaten.

PROJECT the office for organization flat picture enters new terrain and produces real bitebite bites. In the context of the ‘ passages – interior Design 2005 ‘ we showed for the first time the public our interpretation of German cosiness: the sausage carpet, a delightful fusion from sausage and carpet. We say: “ago with the sausage. Let us a piece prosperity into the rooms carry. Because, sausage is too beautiful to be over only eaten.”

CAVEAT: that’s an automated Google translation Them is the best.

As always, I blame the Swiss.

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