This week's special comes from my daughter-in-law, Allison. Born and raised in Orange County, CA, she's been an avocado / guacamole aficionado since the cradle. Her dad (waving to Jan!) had an avocado tree in his yard as a kid. Talk about heaven on earth.
I, on the other hand, grew up a thousand miles from California and only knew that avocados were bumpy, black, scary-looking things with ginormous, slimy seeds. Not that I didn't enjoy guacamole in our favorite Mexican restaurants - I did, but all my home attempts at recreating the dish didn't measure up . . . until Allison came along and shared her recipe.
Now, guacamole's not so scary - and we enjoy it often. I think you will too.
2 large avocadoes, ripened
1 cup fresh tomato, chopped
4 or 5 chopped green onions
A few sprigs of chopped cilantro
Juice of one large lime
Scoop avocado from shell with a spoon. Add lime juice and mash with a fork (a few lumps okay). Add chopped tomato, onion, and cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.