November 14, 2012

National Spicy Guacamole Day

"Find a venue, over-order on the drinks, bulk buy the guacamole." - Alan Rickman as Harry in "Love Actually"

It's National Spicy Guacamole Day!

Avocados are one of my top five favorite foods ever. EVAR. They're sexy. And versatile. They're awesome as is, in brownies (seriously), as a textural replacement for cheese if you're a vegan, but most of all avocados are amazing when they grow up and become guacamole.

Apparently guac was first concocted by the Aztecs. The name is derived from an Aztec dialect Nahuatl: "─ühuacamolli," which literally translates to "avocado sauce." Or "testicle" (because avo's and testes are shaped alike) and "something mashed or pureed."

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I learned how to make guacamole from the first vegan boy I ever knew (and dated). It was a simple combination of very flavorful ingredients that when combined, and given a chance to rest and meld before being eaten, made a very sexy dip. Some wonderful friends of mine have their own versions, including...

"LOVE. Good ole Vitamin L. Also: avos (obvi), lime, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeno, vidalia onions, roasted garlic, a tad bit of EVOO, and coconut flakes," said Tory Gray of Notoryously Naked.

"Avocados, mango, red onion, lime juice," recommended Heather Kahn of Chrononaut Mercantile.

Maria NeCastro suggested, "Avocados, cilantro, cumin, plain Greek yogurt, and lime juice!"

And my dear friend Tara Vetrone said, "Corn off the cob! And black beans. And lots of chile. Hot Mama!"

All awesome ideas, right?

The point is: use your imagination today! Take the flavors you love, mash 'em up with some avocados, and serve with a never-ending bowl of chips.

Happy National Spicy Guacamole Day!