Spicy Guacamole

Guacamole is one food that I slowly came to appreciate over time; I avoided it for many years and I'm not sure why.  Obviously it's delicious with tortilla chips, but it is actually very versatile.  After I made this recipe for the blog I put a big spoonful onto a cheese omelette and it was delicious.  I have plans to use the rest on some salsa chicken salad.  If you're not a spicy food fan, you can tailor the amount of heat to your personal preference - I could have even used some hot sauce or a spicier pepper as I tend to like things hot. I started by slicing open 2 Haas avocados, removing the pits and scooping the avocado flesh into a bowl.  It's important to use ripe avocados when making guacamole.  Since I'm still relatively new to the avocado world, sometimes it's been hit or miss with picking nearly ripe fruits 2 days before I plan on using them, but luckily these were both perfect.  Next I diced 1/4 of a medium red onion (about 1/3 cup) and chopped 1 fresh jalapeno after [Continue reading...]

Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Have you ever made something that turns out better than expected?  Some meals I make hit the mark while others can fall a little short of expectations.  Sometimes, though, I'll try something and it is an instant home run.  "I want to marry these Brussels sprouts" came out of my mouth after several seconds of chewing.  These Brussels sprouts are the perfect combination of salty and sweet and are sure to please a crowd at any family gathering. Admittedly, almost all the work was done for me with the help of a seasoning packet from Urban Accents, which I just happened to notice in the Asian/Indian aisle at Whole Foods last weekend.  The balsamic and roasted onion veggie roaster seasoning is one of four at my local Whole Foods, and it's safe to say I will be trying the others at some point as well.  Since each package can roast three batches of vegetables, I like that it is resealable to prevent loss of freshness.  I followed the suggested cooking method on the package and could not be [Continue reading...]