AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Guacamole DATE: 11/01/2008 10:26:00 PM ----- BODY:
The strangest thing happened at the market the other day: I found perfectly ripe avocados! Lots of them! And they weren’t bruised or overripe.

Purchasing avocados can be a dicey proposition at best. I typically plan my shopping so that I purchase avocados 4 days before I need them. I buy them obviously under-ripe and leave them on my counter at home to gently ripen. Too often, “ripe” avocados at the market are mushy from other shoppers pressing them to test for ripeness. After several days of this, the avocados aren’t so much ripe as they are bruised. With guests coming for cocktails that night, I instantly filled my basket with 3 of them to make guacamole.

This was an unexpected addition to my Italian themed menu. With that in mind, I made the guacamole with a European accent… seasoning with basil and lemon instead of the typical cilantro and lime. For texture and a nuanced flavor, I added finely diced celery and scallions.

3 avocadoes
3 tbs. finely diced celery
¼ cup chopped basil
3 scallions, cut into rounds
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 large tomato, diced
Salt and pepper to taste

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:11/02/2008 12:56:00 AM I make all of my guacamole in my lava rock molcajete that I lugged back from Guadalajara many years ago. It's a rare three-headed grinder, and I believe that's why it makes the best guac! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous We Are Never Full DATE:11/03/2008 06:59:00 PM very interesting and creative twist on guac. it's one of my favorite things on earth to eat, so it's hard to imagine it without my beloved cilantro and lime!

but you are SO right about having to plan your avocado-based meal days before. I just did that today! I guess I'll have to wait till Thursday to enjoy it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger melissa DATE:11/05/2008 07:07:00 PM You know, it never occurred to me that other shoppers were mushing up my avocados. Huh.

Like WANF said, this is an interesting and tasty spin on guacamole. Very nice. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:11/07/2008 09:07:00 AM Lydia, We should do a taste test sometime with your molcajete and plain ole mashed guacamole.

WANF, How was your guac?

Melissa, When I finally realized the secret to good avocados, it changed my world! ----- --------