Thursday, February 25, 2016


Just in time for Superbowl Sunday my local store had a sale on avocado and I had a Favorite Cookbook Challenge to complete. Initially I didn't have the two connected. When I decided to participate in the cookbook challenge, I knew Joy of Cooking was the book I was going to pick. It is the first cookbook I ever owned. I was barely a teenager when I found it at a library book sale. This book was as useful a tool in my cooking education as my mother, father and PBS cooking shows...all equally played a part! As I pored through the pages, my issue is copyright 1964...coincidentally the year of my birth, I pored over recipes for croquettes, chiffon cakes, yeasty doughnuts. I couldn't quite decide. In the meantime, I decided to grab a couple of the avocados on sale, lured by the guacamole display. I had the rest of the ingredients already on my table at home...why not try making guac?  I picked up the Joy when I got home...half not expecting to find a recipe for guacamole in the book. I should have known better...I should have remembered why it is one of my favorite books! Of course there was a recipe...written in the format I tend to favor for myself....stages, with ingredients staged throughout the recipe. It was a hit at the Super Bowl party I attended, and I think I've become a fan of avocados...and guacamole!

by Mary
Adapted from Joy of Cooking

In a medium size bowl mix together:
1 peeled, seeded and chopped ripe tomato - I used a Roma
1 finely chopped green onion,
1/2 seeded, chopped green pepper - I used a jalapeno
1/2 teaspoon chili power
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice - I used lemon, I had it on hand
1/2 teaspoon coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
Add 2 mashed, ripe avocados just before serving.  Garnish with a sprinkling of green onion tops.

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