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Friday, June 24, 2011

My Favorite Things.........Including great Guacamole!

As promised a few days ago I'm going to share my guacamole recipe.  It is not terribly difficult, it only has a few ingredients in it but it does have one of my favorite things in it........Chipotle Tabasco Sauce, so it led me to think I should share some of my other favorite grocery store staples. 

If you haven't seen or tried Chipotle Tabasco Sauce you can find it right next to plain, old Tabasco sauce but it is so different.  It's smoky and not really very hot.  I use it in tons of things from guacamole to sausage gravy, chili, scrambled eggs, burgers......the possibilities are endless.  Check it out here:  http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco_tent/pepper_sauce/chipotle_pepper_sauce.cfm

Lawry's makes a line of marinades that are based on citrus juices.  They are so great.  I know it isn't that hard to whip up a marinade but its easier to just pour it out of the bottle, especially when it tastes that great!  My favorite is the Baja Chipotle.  I marinate my chicken in it, grill it and then serve it with southwest cous cous or on top of a southwest themed salad.  Yummy.  The Teriyaki is great too.  Throw together some fried rice and you have a great meal!  Check it out here:  http://www.lawrys.com/product-landing.aspx

Ken's.  What more can I say?  Ken's makes amazing dressings.  As I discussed a few days ago we have a real affinity in our house for the Honey Mustard.  It is so, so, so very yummy on everything from chicken nuggets to french fries to salad.  I also like to keep some of their light vinaigrettes on hand for quick salads, marinades or pasta salad.  Check out all their flavors here:  http://www.kensfoods.com/kf/welcome.servlet

I'm a Wal-Mart shopper and one of my freezer staples is the Sam's Choice Seasoned Fries.  They are about $2 a bag and when you cook them on a stone in the oven they are yummy and crispy.  Serve them up with Ken's Honey Mustard and you won't be disappointed!

I always thought I didn't like rice, turns out I just don't like sticky, white, quick rice.  I have discovered basmati rice and it is fabulous.  However, I don't make it according to the package directions.  I put a tablespoon of olive oil in a sauce pot and saute 1 cup of rice for a few minutes.  Then I add one can of chicken broth and bring it to a boil.  Turn the heat down to simmer, cover it and let it cook for about 15 minutes.  So much better than instant rice any day!

Now as promised my guacamole recipe:

3 ripe avocados (the best thing is to buy them a few days early and let them ripen on the counter)
1 clove garlic
kosher salt
1/4 red onion, very finely chopped
Chipotle Tabasco

Mash the avocados.  Grate the garlic into the avocados using a microplane.  Stir in the onion and 4-5 dashes of Tabasco sauce.  Add salt to taste.  You can also chop up some tomatoes if they are in season and stir them in at the last minute. 

That's it, so easy but so yummy!  Enjoy!  Maybe mix up a pitcher of Beergaritas to go with it!

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