Thursday, March 31, 2011


It's avocado season at our house!

We've got several Haas variety avocado trees, and they're finally in-season. 

Seems like a long wait.

This year, though, there aren't too many, so we'll savor them while they last.

One of our favorite things to make is guacamole.

The weather has warmed up fast, Spring is here, and the avocados are ripe.

Time for guacamole!

The first thing you'll need are perfectly ripe avocados.

Well, maybe they don't need to be perfectly ripe.

What's great about guacamole is that you can use avocados that are a little over ripe, since you're going to mash them up anyways.

Here's what you'll need.


6 large avocados
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 lime
1/2 jalapeño, deveined, seeded & minced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Optional: 1/2 small clove garlic, minced

I think this one is perfectly ripe, the skin will come away from the avocado in one smooth piece, and there's no purple remnants of the skin on the flesh of the fruit.

This one is still okay, the skin doesn't come away in one piece, but the flesh is still clean.

If the skin doesn't come away from the fruit cleanly, you can scoop the flesh out with a spoon.

This is about 6 large avocados.

Add some lime juice, it will keep the avocados from turning brown.

Add 1/2 the juice of a lime first. Reserve the others for later.

Mash with a potato masher or a large fork.

A rough mash with some chunks still present is perfect.

Dice or mince 1/2 a sweet onion.

I think if there's a secret ingredient to guacamole, it would be the jalapeño.

Best wear gloves when handling hot peppers, it might sting your skin.

I like the heat, but some of my family members don't, so I remove the veins and seeds.

Finely chop, but if you like the heat, leave it chunky.

Add a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice.

I ran outside to grab a lemon, and also to check on how my cilantro is growing, since I had saved some cilantro for the guacamole, but forgot, and put it in my breakfast quesadilla.


The cilantro is still too small to use.

Chop the tomatoes and add a little salt and pepper.

Add about 1/4 teaspoon of cumin.

I liked this jar because it's got 'cumin' on the lid, but I generally buy cumin at the Mexican market in a bag and refill the jar. That costs a LOT less.

Stir all the ingredients together.

You'll have cilantro in yours, of course, since you won't have eaten the last of it for breakfast.

Then, give it a taste.

I like it with a lot of lime, so I generally add an extra half of a lime.

Guacamole's a great dip for veggies and chips.

You can serve it with your tacos, taquitos, and burritos.

Or put a big scoop of guacamole on the top of your salad.



Dixie loves avocados.

This is Dixie.

When the avocados start to fall from the trees, she likes to bury them.

She buries them in the soft dirt in the planters next to the house.

I can tell she's buried some avocados when she comes to the door with dirt all over her nose.

In the summer, we'll find several mini avocado trees starting to grow next to the house.

This was taken on the day we brought Dixie home.

These are Dixie's litter mates.

The one with the pink cord around her neck is Dixie.

She's had a pink collar since she was born.

One Christmas, the kids gave us this picture in a little Cottonelle puppy frame.

Rick threw the tennis ball for her a bunch so she would be panting and smiling.


Not Karen.

When we got Dixie, Mrs. Jensen, the breeder, said, "This one has a sense of humor."

She was right.

Dixie jumps up on the bed, steals my neck pillow, and runs under the piano and waits for me to see her.

We've lost touch with the Jensens, they moved shortly after we got Dixie ten years ago.

I wanted to thank her.

Dixie's brought a lot of joy to our lives.

No printable recipe for this one yet.


  1. Guacamole! Good with just about everything!!!!

  2. So first off, I don't think minced garlic is optional! It's a MUST and will make your guac taste so good!

    Second, Rick is holding the tennis ball next to the camera and kind of shaking it, so she's ready to chase it. THAT's what makes her smile :)

    Now that we moved away, we're really missing the avocados! After growing up with so many free avocados whenever you want them, it's hard to go to the grocery store and pay $2 per avo! It's so nice that Dad put together a package of avocados for Mitchell and I the other day. Mitchell ate them all!! Everyday, he'd eat one for breakfast with his toast--JUST like Dad! :)

  3. Oh how cool is that you can actually grow avocado trees in your own yard! Your photos look amazingly sharp. They are beautiful!

  4. That is a beautiful dog! I found you on Tastespotting - lovely variation of gucamole!

  5. Lol @ your dog growing avocado trees. You're lucky to have such a dog!