28 July, 2010

We Laughed, We Cried, We Drank, We Ate...

I had a whole week at the beach with my cousin Melissa, aka MAC. We laughed, we cried, we drank, we ate...

And ate...and ate...and ate...One collaboration led to the pairing of my much trotted out Barefoot Contessa Guacamole and MAC's homemade tortilla chips. Throw in her hubby Chris's famous Margaritas and there's the reason my lil piggies wouldn't fit into my lil Varinas the next day...

4 ripe Haas avocados
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
8 dashes hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded, and small-diced
*I add chopped cilantro

Cut the avocados in 1/2, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl. (I squeeze the flesh out the way Gwynnie taught me on GOOP). Immediately add the lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced. Add the tomatoes and optional cilantro. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper. I also toss two of the avacado pits into the dip and it truly does keep the color from going brown. Another nifty GP tip...

package of white corn tortillas
corn oil
sea salt

Cut tortillas into chip size triangles. Heat oil to hot in large skillet. Add tortilla triangles and cook, occasionally tossing til crisp. Turn out onto a plate lined with paper towels. Generously salt while warm.

Kindness of my cousin Melissa Cully Anderson for the yummy addition to my Mexican cooking répertoire. Those tortilla chips were theee perfect vehicle for Ina's guac. Next time we're in your neck of the woods I'll take you up on that offer of a crepe making lesson. They sound a smidge more Varina friendly...XXOO


  1. Rather interested in Chris's famous Margaritas. Special recipe...? Please advise. Soon. Cheers.

  2. Yum YUM YUMMM! Alice, gorgie pics as always and this recipe is too fab. Believe it or not, after 10 days in the finest of Mexico, I still love homemade the best!

    Hope your summer is treating you so fabulously, BTW, LOVED your advice over at QBS, she's a little doll too.. xoxo

  3. Miss Allie...is that jewelry what I think it is? It's gorgeous, but, oh, my stars and garters, Girl...you are BAD. In a GOOD way, but still, very BAD. :-O ;-)


  4. TDF and glad to see that you know too that lemon is the key to truly amazing guac!



  5. Nothing like the company of good friends and good food to share good times.

  6. Wow, after seeing that, Mexican must be on our menu tonight...and a margarita or two.

  7. ha! i just watched that GOOP video yesterday. this looks like a yummy weekend!

  8. Looks yummmy!
    The necklace you are wearing...I keep seeing them but have no idea where to buy them :O) Pweety Pweese :O)

  9. homemade tortilla chips?!?! i had no idea...this info is going to be very dangerous!!

  10. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! My BFF from teenagerhood and her husband are coming this weekend and this will be perfect for pre-cocktail party cocktails - she LOVES guac!

  11. ummm looks delish to me! Thank you for sharing!!!

  12. Wait, wait, wait!!!! Did the Alhambra make its long awaited appearance? You tease! I have coveted those things since before I knew what they were....and white is absolutely iconic.

  13. There's nothing as special as family who are friends (and friends who are family). Thanks for the great recipe, too--I love guac!

  14. The guac looks awesome! It's hands down my fav!

    Just left you an award over on my blog: http://dcgopgirl.blogspot.com/2010/07/versatile-blogger.html


  15. Allie Alhambra - Did I miss a post about Babe's latest gift? Come on, spill!