Home-Cooked: Strawberry Guacamole

After many years of internal debate and unnecessary apprehension, I can finally say that I am an avocado lover. My initial reservations about this lovely green fruit were washed away when it was perfectly paired with it's berry cousin: the strawberry! I owe this to a local Mexican restaurant that prides itself on it's robust "guacamole" menu.

The menu at this restaurant covers a wide span of flavor profiles from sweet to savory or spicy to mild. This means that there is a type of "guac" for every type of food lover!  As I have eaten my way down the list sampling all the varieties, none compare to the first one I had the fortune of trying: Strawberry Guacamole.

After many attempts to recreate this dish for my own purposes, I've finally landed on my own recipe worth sharing. It's quick and easy, and has become a hit at potlucks, parties or cookouts. The recipe can be found below!

STRAWBERRY GUACAMOLE

Ingredients

  • 2 Ripe Avocados (Medium to Large Sized, Pitted and Scooped)
  • 1/2 Cup - Chopped Strawberries (Fresh and Ripe)
  • 1/8 Cup - Chopped Black Olives
  • 1 tablespoon -  Minced Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons - Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Lime (Finely Zested, Juiced)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher until coarsely mashed. 
  2. Fold in strawberries, black olives, minced garlic, cilantro and lime until well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Garnish the top with some olives and chopped strawberries.
  4. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate.

 

 

 

 

 

GT Tips: HEAT-UP your Housewarming!

In August, Mark, myself and our doggie daughter, Hilde,  moved into a new apartment.  While  apartment hunting, we sought out places that would allow us the space to entertain. When we stepped into an industrial-style loft with large windows, exposed brick and a spacious open layout, we instantly fell in love!

This past Saturday, after much anticipation Mark and I hosted a "Stock the Bar Housewarming Party." The premise was simple, in lieu of a formal housewarming gift, we asked friends to bring a bottle of wine or their favorite libation. We provided a spread of appetizers and desserts as well as a signature cocktail.

Our guests had a wonderful time chatting over food and drinks, and we were overwhelmed with gratitude for the fellowship, love and gifts!

Reflecting on this past weekend and the heightened stress that ensued the days prior to the event, I wanted to give you some quick tips to keep in mind if you wish to warm your new home in style.

5 Tips to HEAT UP your Housewarming

  1. Plan EARLY. Choose a date at least two months in advance and commit. Once the date is on the calendar all others details will begin to fall into place!  

  2. Make a GREAT first impression. Whether you choose to  invite guests by snail-mail, electronically or by creating a Facebook event, put some effort into the invite.  Whatever your fancy, some great ideas can be found on Etsy.

  3. Pick a theme that WOWS. Combining two households into one, Mark and I weren't in need of any household items. A quick Google search returned tons of ideas for "unconventional" housewarming parties. Pick a theme that speaks to you, your guests will appreciate that!  

  4. Curate an ECLECTIC menu.  Your guests may be vegans, meat-Lovers or  even taking a pass at eating Gluten-Free? It's important to have options for every type of food lover. If you're struggling to come up with dishes check out my  Pinterest board for some help! 

  5. THANK the guests! The party is over, the guests have left, but you have one more step before you can record this shindig in the history books. Be sure to thank the guests for coming out and supporting you. While a small gesture, thank you cards can definitely leave a lasting impression.

Have you planned a party in the past and want to share your tips? Please leave them below or shoot me a message!