Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Guacamole is Always the Answer

I love taking showers.

Warm. Hot. Cold. Whatever. Standing under the water is one of the most cleansing moments of my day. Of course it is. It's not just the cleansing of the grease, peanut butter, mud and chicken manure that feels so good. It's also the cleansing of all emotional angst, the rapidly spinning to-do lists, and the muscular tension built up by the constant motion of parenting three small children.

Showers are especially lovely when you haven't seen one in a few days.

But I digress. This post is about guacamole. The healing power of guacamole. I must admit, Monday evening's dinner was a disaster. My dear husband proclaimed that I might as well have poured some refried beans out of a can. On the other hand, Bubba - the baby - gave it five stars with two very full fistfuls shoveling the mush into his mouth as fast as his chubby hands could move.

Moving on to Tuesday night's dinner I had higher hopes. Fry up some ground beef, mix with taco seasoning, then pile on top of corn chips. Add your favorite toppings - salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. Exclude other favorite toppings - like cheese and sour cream - if you've got allergies like we do. And then top it all off with the one thing that makes everything better, every time... Guacamole.

I have a couple of stellar recipes that I would dare to call my specialties (clearly 5-minute Rice and Beans is not one of them). I'll share the first with you now. Treat this recipe well, it has been close to my heart since the early years of my marriage, back when I was just a spring chicken.

Spring Chicken Guacamole

You'll Need:
2 medium avocados - perfectly ripe - not hard, not soft
1 medium red onion - finely chopped
2 medium tomatoes - seeded and chopped
1 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

The Preparation Method:
Mush avocados with potato masher. This is good for getting rid of your angst, as well.

Seed tomatoes by cutting in half. Cut out juicy center with all of the seeds and pulp. Dispose.

Add tomatoes, chopped onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper to avocado mush.

Swirl it around. Dance. Lick your fingers.

Guacamole is always the answer!

Let's Dance...

Ray LaMontagne - Hey Me Hey Mama

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