Suzi's Blog

Really Simple Guacamole

What makes a great guacamole? Brian and I don’t have a single favorite, but we do like a spicy version that uses hot pickles and the pickle juice instead of jalapenos. The pickles are southwestern and as incendiary as any jalapeno, just sweeter. In time for Super Bowl parties, Brian and I are happy to…

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Avocado and Shrimp Salad

For a party where the food is going to be tapas — lots of little plates that let people dabble in multiple flavors — you have an endless palette of dishes to select from. You’ll want a mix, of course, with perhaps some seafood, some other proteins, veggies, cheeses, dips, … If you assemble a…

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Cucumber Avocado Soup

When it is 90°+ and humid as hell [do you think hell is humid?], I just want something cool and easy. I’m in the mood for good fast food. This soup, from Christopher Hirsheimer Melissa Hamilton, is the perfect summer solution. These two food experts, who now run Canal House Cooking [canalhousecooking.com], have deep experience…

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Chilled Avocado Soup with Chile-Lime Pepitas

Avocados are a miracle food. Yes, they have a high fat content, but it’s the good fat. And, avocados are so satisfying that you couldn’t possibly eat more than one two three or so. Beyond the delicious flavor and wonderful texture, avocados offer another benefit: they can be used in so many ways. Guacamole, of…

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