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MMMMMM – Guacamole

May 6th, 2014

Last Saturday I talked about the box of avocados we purchased from a small farm in California.  Since we have 18 avocados to eat we’ll be eating them for every meal.  The first one was ripe yesterday, perfect for Cinco de Mayo! I made guacamole and we had it in our omelets.
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My guacamole recipe is simple: 1 mashed avocado, 1 diced jalapeño (right now I’m using fire roasted pickled jalapeños I made this summer, here’s my recipe for those), 1 Tablespoon of Greek yogurt (this adds probiotics and helps keep the guac from turning brown), juice of one half lime, salt and pepper to taste. I also often add a few teaspoons of olive oil to help the guac maintain it’s green color and stop oxidation, it also adds to the smooth texture.
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Mr Chiots used to dislike avocados very much, he wouldn’t eat them at all. Whenever we’d eat at Chipotle I’d order guacamole. He’d try a little each time and soon enough he was ordering his own little tub of it for his burrito. Now he’ll polish off a half an avocado for breakfast.
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Last night for dinner we had fajitas with guacamole. This morning we’ll probably have sliced guacamole with our eggs. I’m trying to freeze some guacamole to see how it thaws. If that works I’ll have another box of avocados on the way to stock the freezer.

What’s your favorite way to eat avocados – or do you not like them?

Small Farm Food

May 3rd, 2014

If you’ve been reading here long you know I’m a big advocate of local and small farm food. Just because I try to eat locally doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy food from afar. Growing up in Colombia gave me a taste for all things tropical. Just like the rest of the food in my diet I source my tropical goodies from small farms as well. We live in a day and age that makes that very easy.
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Yesterday I received a beautiful box of avocados from Fairview Orchards in California. I received 18 beautiful avocados, wonderfully fresh. They were picked Monday and arrived at my place on Friday morning (they were supposed to arrive Wed, but the USPS 2-day Priority isn’t what it used to be).
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I’m super excited to be able to eat avocados till my heart’s content. They’ll be on the menu every morning with eggs (one of our favorite ways to enjoy them). No doubt some of them will be mashed, mixed with lemon juice and frozen for future enjoyment and I might even get crazy and make a batch of that avocado ice cream I’ve heard so much about. If you’re looking for sources of small farm favorites, check, they are a great resource for all things local and small farm.

What’s your favorite fruit/vegetable from afar that’s not local to your area?  

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.