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Guacamole

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My hubby has been trying to get me to make Guacamole for years. He has even brought home recipes from co-workers who he said made “the best” guacamole for office parties. To say I was intimidated by his “the best” statement would be an understatement. My past attempts at making Guacamole never quite hit the mark. It was either too lemony, too salty, too garlicky or too yuck!

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Yep, I don’t mind saying I made some terrible Guacamole in my earlier days of cooking. Now? Now, I can say I have finally pulled together a recipe that is simple and full of flavor. Keeping it simple is the key to making Guacamole. Having only a few ingredients and seasonings helps to keep the avocado the star of the recipe. After all, it is not really Guacamole without the avocado.

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Speaking of avocado, did you know that avocados are rich in fiber with about 10 grams in a medium-sized avocado. One of the things I love about avocados is that they are versatile. I use them in salads, toppings for my tacos and tostadas or in spreads or dips. I think some folks even use avocados as a hair conditioner and as a facial mask to improve their complexion. I would rather eat avocados than wear them.

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So, for anyone out there that has been intimidated by the idea of making good Guacamole try my version. I no longer feel like a wimp and neither will you.

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Guacamole

Ingredients:

1 small container of fresh salsa drained

4 ripe avocados cubed

1 4oz can of jalapenos drained

½ tsp cilantro

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp salt

¼ cup olive oil

Dressing:

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, salt, black pepper, cilantro and garlic powder.

Place drained salsa in a medium-sized bowl. Pour lime juice over salsa and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Add avocado and jalapenos to the salsa. Pour dressing mixture over avocado. Gently toss salsa and avocado together. Let chill at least 15 to 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla chips or thin slices of french bread.

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Layered Bean Dip

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I have been in a Tex-Mex mood ever since my son said I needed some “diverse” recipes. My latest recipe is Layered Bean Dip. I tested this one on some Super Bowl fans to see how well it would go over at a party. Just in case it sat in the dish untouched I made a traditional dip as a backup. Well, the Layered Bean Dip went like hot cakes. By the time the Super Bowl was over there was only one small scoop of Layered Bean Dip left. My hubby ate that with his lunch the next day.

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I have to give credit to one of our good neighbors across the street for giving me the idea of making a Layered Bean Dip. She brought it over to a picnic a while ago and I never forgot how delicious if tasted. I just had to figure out how to create my own version. As with any recipe, all you need to do to make it your own is play with the ingredients. Experiment with the seasonings and see which flavors compliment each other.

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Layered Bean Dip can quickly become one of your signature dishes for parties or any time you want to treat yourself, family or friends.

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Layered Bean Dip

Ingredients:
1 16 oz can refried beans
1 16 oz jar salsa ( Serrano)
1 14 oz can black beans drained
1 small can black olives drained
8 oz sour cream
4 oz cream cheese
1 packet taco seasoning
1 cup shredded taco or Mexican cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
2 green onions sliced
½ cup fresh salsa
¼ cup pickled jalapeno peppers
½ tsp cumin
1 deep dish pie plate

Combine refried beans, taco seasoning and cumin. Spread refried beans evenly in the bottom of pie dish. Blend together sour cream and cream cheese until smooth. Spread over refried beans. Layer regular salsa, black beans, green onion, pickled jalapeno peppers, fresh salsa, lettuce, and cheese. Sprinkle with black olives. Chill for 1 hour or overnight.

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Yogurt Dressing and Dip

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I pulled together this yogurt dressing and dip as a topping for my Deli London Broil 2 for 1 recipe. I needed something creamy and zingy as the last layer of flavor added to the London broil. I decided to make a yogurt dressing rather than use mayonnaise or plain ol’ sour cream. But once I made the dressing my hubby decided to use it as a dip for chips while he waited for dinner.

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So now, I have a yogurt dressing recipe that can also be used as a dip. I love it when a recipe can be transformed and used in multiple ways. What better way to pair up a 2 for 1 recipe (Deli London Broil) than with another 2 for 1 recipe (yogurt dressing & dip). Fantastic!

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Yogurt Dressing & Dip

Ingredients:

1 cup Greek yogurt

½ cup sour cream

½ tsp salt

½ tsp seasoned salt

½ tsp cracked black pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp cilantro

½ tsp basil

½ tsp dried dill

½ tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp brown mustard

1 tsp green onion sliced (dark part)

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp Gazebo Room Greek marinade and salad dressing

2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese

1 tbsp horseradish

Dash of hot sauce

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients until well blended. Chill for 30 minutes.