Archive for January 2010


Homemade Guacamole

I’ve had the pictures for this sitting in a folder on my desktop for what seems like months, I’ve just been too busy to get in an process them. It’s hard to take pictures of guacamole and make it look good, but we tried!

Our “recipe” is actually pretty simple, and you can increase the amount any of the ingredients according to your own tastes.

Fresh Guacamole

2 large, ripe avocados
1 tomato, seeded
1/2 red onion
1 jalapeno
kosher salt
lemon or lime juice

Roast the jalapeno over a flame until the skin is blackened. Put into a plastic baggie until condensation appears and let it sit for a few minutes while you chop the tomato and onion, and mash the avocado.

Remove the jalapeno from the bag and rub with a damp paper towel to remove the blackened skin, chop jalapeno finely (or split and remove seeds if you don’t want too much heat, then chop).

Add to the mashed avocado, and gently mix in the onion and tomato. Add kosher salt to taste and a squeeze of the lemon or lime juice to taste. Mix gently one more time. Transfer to a clean bowl and press plastic wrap right on top of the guacamole so it doesn’t brown, and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.


Easy Cheeseburger Rice


I know it’s been a bit since I last updated, but I’m going to embrace the excuse that parents everywhere have used for decades: “But it was the holidays!” There, I feel better.

Today’s recipe is one I’ve made for years. It first appeared on the back of a Minute Rice box and I gave it a try, and though it was a hit with the kids, Mike wasn’t too crazy about it. That’s worked out well, though, as it’s become a meal the girls and I make when Mike’s out of town for work.

This can easily be chalked up to “trashy eats,” and I’m fine with that! It’s quick, easy, filling and cheap, and it doubles easily for leftovers.

Easy Cheeseburger Rice

1 lb lean ground beef
1 3/4 cups water
2/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
2 cups uncooked Minute rice, or other quick-cooking rice
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in large skillet; drain.

Add water, ketchup and mustard. Bring to a boil. Stir in 2 cups uncooked Minute rice.

Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Cover; cook on low heat 5 minutes.

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