Saturday, July 24, 2010

Grillicious Guacumole

Guacamole is great any time of the year but I think especially in the summer as an appetizer or accompaniment to barbecue. Maybe it's the green color, maybe the hint of lime or the crisp chips? I'm not sure but I know that I enjoy guacamole more in the warmer temps.

Guacamole actually has a historical background which dates back to the Aztecs who called guacamole ahuaca-mulli (translation: avocado sauce or avocado mixture). The Aztecs guacamole was very much like today's version.  The Aztecs believed the avocado to be an 
aphrodisiac and so it became very popular with the conquering Spaniards. 

Another reason for its popularity was the fact that the avocado has the highest fat content of any fruit. The Aztecs had a very low fat diet compared to today so a fruit that contained elements that sustained life was very important. 

My sister has a great recipe, really easy, that's become a family favorite. The recipe follows. All you'll need is a few simple ingredients, a bag of chips and about 15 minutes. Serve with fruity sangria.

'Out East Guacamole'
5 avocados ripened
5 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 small onion minced
1 small tomato finely chopped
dash of chili powder
juice 1/2 lime (optional)
kosher salt to taste

Scoop out avocado meat leaving shell and pit behind. Mash in stainless steel bowl until mostly smooth. add onion, garlic and tomato. Squeeze in lime juice and add salt chili powder to taste.


Stadium Centennials
This weekend we were up in Boston and took a tour of Fenway Park. An interesting fact we learned at the end of the tour was that next year, 
Fenway will celebrate it's 100th Anniversary (opened in 1911). Two years after, it will be Wrigley Field in Chicago's 100th (1914). The next stadium that will celebrate it's centennial will be Dodger Stadium in Los was built in 1962! Hardly a historic stadium but all other stadiums in the United States are new. 
If only the Yankees held out building the new stadium until 2023!

Tomorrow: Getting Framed

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