Guacamole

I just returned from a week and a half long road trip from Oregon to Texas. I don’t know if you’ve ever taken a road trip that long, but if you haven’t, you can take my word for it that your own bed starts looking good after three or four days of staying in hotels.

I had a great time, though. I haven’t driven through the western US since I was very young. I went by my old house in Southeastern Washington State, cruised through mountains, deserts, red-rock cliffs, and plains and spent a day hiking around the Grand Canyon. Wow.

I mean seriously. I had forgotten how beautiful the scenery is out that way. I shared the trip with my brother, sister-in-law and seven-year-old niece. Believe it or not, after a week and a half on the road together, we all still love each other. We took three separate cars in a caravan, though. That might have something to do with it.

Anyway, about six days into the trip, my sister-in-law, my niece, and I stopped at this little roadside stand in New Mexico that sold Native American Artwork. When my sister-in-law got out of her car, she mentioned that she had spilled her drink on her shirt. I look down and noticed for the first time that her shirt said something on the front about avocados.

And just like that, I was jonesing for some good guacamole.

I’ve seen avocado decorations in several places lately. Seems like everyone’s getting into them. Including me. If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have noticed that I’ve always had an aversion to green stuff. Avocados are no exception. Something about green mushy food was such a turn off that I was never even willing to try them. I was in my 40s the first time and I tasted guacamole. My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Jamaica, and I had caught some kind of bug that gave me a fever and made my stomach a little queasy. So, while my husband sampled the local cuisine, I ordered a plate of plain corn chips. The chips came with a side of guacamole, which I promptly scraped to the side. Some of it stuck to one of the chips, however, and when I bit down, I was unexpectedly met with green gooey goodness.

I was hooked. Not too long after, I noticed that avocados had become trendy. Hence the avocado on my sister-in-law’s shirt. Well, why not? They’re good for you, and if you can get past the baby food like texture, they taste amazing. As in, I want to crawl in this bowl of guacamole and take a bath amazing.

Here is the perfect recipe. And, holy guacamole, this is it. The sundried tomatoes make this recipe different and a little bit awesome. I like mine with a little extra lime juice and salt, too. Serve it with some street tacos. You'll feel like Harry Potter when he found the perfect wand.

Guacamole

Guacamole

2 ripe avocados

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons minced red onion

1 clove minced garlic

1 tablespoon cilantro

2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes, diced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mexican crumbling cheese for garnish

Combine lime juice and red onions in a bowl and allow to sit until onions have soaked up the juice. Remove skin and pit from avocados and add to onions, then add remaining ingredients. Add another splash of lime juice, if desired. Combine until blended, mashing avocados until desired consistency. Garnish with Mexican crumbling cheese. Serve with corn tortillas.