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Guacamole

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How we love guacamole! But how do we not love the store-bought weird grey- looking stuff! Our quest for the perfect guacamole started a couple of years ago thanks to the generosity ( and overstock) of a neighbors guacamole tree. Although avocados might have a bad rap or being fatty,  they contain 0 trans fats and do contain 20 vitamins a a cargo load of minerals such as potassium.  In our search for the perfect flavor we discovered a couple of useful facts: you MUST use lime, lemons an guacamole do not jive, and second: you must use fresh peppers. Use serrano peppers if you prefer mild, use jalapenos is you prefer a bit more spice.  ENJOY!

 

Ingredients: (for 2 cups)

2 large ripe avocados
3 firm medium tomatoes, diced
3 jalapenos or Serrano peppers, finely chopped
1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 green onion with the stalk, chopped
the juice of 1/2 or 1 lime
salt to taste

Cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix. Place the diced tomatoes and onions into the bowl, mix well and add jalapenos and salt to taste, depending on the desired spiciness. Toss all the ingredients together evenly. Let stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors blend. Taste for salt and spiciness. As with all salsas, if too mild add more peppers; if too spicy, add more tomatoes

Use as a dip or as a condiment for fajitas and grilled meats.

Blackened Chicken with Lemon-thyme Salsa

Are you craving for something simple and quick  to make that is also delicious, slightly exotic and will not blow your diet?  Then our blackened chicken is for you! No it’s not a 5-alarm fire hot cajun dish! We “blackened the chicken with some balsamic vinegar!

Make a batch for lunch or dinner, or simple serve as an appetizer 

 

Ingredients: (For each serving)

2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 skinless boneless chicken breast, cut in strips
2 Tbls oil
2 Tbls balsamic vinegar
1 scallion coarsely chopped
1 tsp fresh lemon thyme*
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt & pepper to taste

In a cast iron skillet or heavy sauté pan, cook chicken with oil pepper and vinegar till slightly blackened. Meanwhile prepare the salsa by mixing the tomatoes the scallion and lemon thyme together. Taste for salt.
Place the skillet on trivet, spoon salsa on top. Sprinkle with grated jack or cheddar if desired.

*If you cannot find lemon-thyme, replace with regular thyme and 2 Tbls lemon juice

Pico De Gallo Salsa

This is an authentic Mexican salsa; great served with ceviche, seafood, fajita tacos or pan seared meats. Pico de gallo can also be scrambled together with eggs for “Huevos a la Mexicana,” just be sure to leave out the lemon juice if you try this. For a spicy surprise, mix pico de gallo with fresh avocado

Ingredients:

3 firm medium tomatoes
1 green onion with the stalk, chopped
3 jalapenos or serrano peppers, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (about ½ bunch)
1 medium sweet yellow onion
salt to taste

Dice the tomatoes and onions into little cubes and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add the cilantro and jalapenos to taste, depending on the desired spiciness. Add the sweet onion, the green onion and the salt. Toss all the ingredients together evenly. Let stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors blend. Taste again for salt and spiciness. As with all salsas, if too mild add more peppers; if too spicy, add more tomatoes

Optional: if served with seafood or fajitas, add a bit of fresh lemon or lime juice.