9 September, 2009  |   10 Comments

The Guacamole Recipe

Today I have to take my remedial gestational diabetes test.  Four hours at the hospital, four hours of additional babysitting, four hours of thinking about the fact that I didn’t eat or drink anything for at least eight hours.   Groan, groany McGroanerson.

Fingers crossed that I pass this one, because I do not abide by failing tests.

Gestational diabetes is boring!

Tests are boring!

You know what is more fun than gestational diabetes and tests?


I have more dip recipes this month than you can dip your dip in.

Dip, dippity, dip dip dip.

James' guacamole

avocadies.jpg This is the go-to guacamole recipe in our house.

It’s straight out of the Barefoot Contessa cookbook with one addition, cilantro.

(I’ve gathered that Ina hates cilantro — lo, she is missing out.)

This is one of James’ specialties.
4 ripe Haas avocados
1/2 lemon’s worth of fresh lemon juice
8 dashes Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup tiny chopped red onion
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro.

Halve and pit the avocados. Take a spoon and scoop all the flesh in spoon-sized pieces into a bowl. Add the lemon juice, Tabasco, onion, garlic and salt and pepper; toss all together with a spoon.  Mash with a potato masher or a large fork if you like your guacamole more mushed.

Add the tomatoes and cilantro and stir to combine. Adjust the seasonings as needed.

And stand back as people try not to elbow each other in the face on their way to the bottom of the bowl.

10 thoughts on “The Guacamole Recipe

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    jenB says:

    so no garlic? i always though guac had garlic in it. I have been doing it wrong! I would marry an Avocado if it was legal. Will try this recipe!

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    allaner says:

    I remember you posted this recipe on here a while back, and it has been my go-to ever since — but minus the cilantro, I’m with Ina on that one! Whenever I make it, it gets rave reviews.

    Boo to gestational diabetes tests! I barely scraped by the 1 hour test and didn’t have to do the long one, phew.

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    willo says:

    hehee – Dip, dippity, dip dip dip.

    I can just hear you saying that! :p

    Man, you are so talented in the kitchen. Seriously, can’t we just get married so I can have your skills around 24-7?

    (Oh & don’t worry, next time I ask, I’ll try to get a pretty ring first. 🙂


    p.s. Love the new design!

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    Anne says:

    Mmmmmm, love guac. I’m gonna make your recipe this weekend.

    Gestational diabetes: BTDT. I cried at giving up the two main objects of my pregnancy cravings: frozen juice pops and peppermint stick ice cream. (It was summertime.) But I lost weight and felt amazing!

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    natalie says:

    Umm,your new redesign is LOVELY!

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    Love what you’re done with the place, darling!

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    Lauren M says:

    Thanks for clearing it up! I’ve been reading your blog for years actually (sheepish grin), but never commented. This recipe came in time for our friends coming over for some Packer football /slash/ MTV VMA watchin’! Perfect. 🙂 My boring old recipe pales in comparison.

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