Thursday, September 9, 2010

I love avocados. and peanut butter.

Tonight I made guacamole, sort of.  I love avocados, and we had a ripe one.  So I cut it up, added some tomatoes from our garden, plus some crushed red pepper (from dried cayenne peppers also from our garden!), lime juice, pepper, and a little garlic salt.

I saved a couple slices for some salmon burgers we are having for dinner tomorrow night, but it was about 2/3 of an avocado + a small "big boy" tomato, part of a roma and a couple cherry tomatoes.  Because we had tons of tomatoes to use.  Here's the most recent harvest from our garden (Monday 9/7):

My version of guacamole is much healthier, I'm sure, than the version I grew up with.  I'm pretty sure the kind made by my parents involved mayonnaise and/or sour cream?  Anyway, we didn't have tortilla chips (I like the whole grain kind) so we ate this with Triscuits.

I also love peanut butter.
Or, really any nut butter.

As if peanut butter weren't delicious enough on its own, I came across some natural peanut butter with maple syrup at the store earlier this week, by Peanut Butter & Co. I tried some on a graham cracker today and it was fantastic (how could it not be?)

The label suggests trying it on waffles... hmmm.
You can read more about Mighty Maple peanut butter here.

In other peanut butter news, back in January while in Vermont skiing, I came across Vermont Peanut Butter Company brand of peanut butter/almond butter.  They have 8 different varieties you can check out.  It is really good but also kinda expensive.  It was definitely worth trying, and I'm happy to support smaller businesses, but at $8-9/jar (+shipping if I were to order it online before we are in Vermont again), I can find cheaper alternatives - like the Peanut Butter & Co. brand above ($4) at my local Wegmans, or Trader Joe's Almond Butter (crunchy, unsalted) is around $5/jar.  Back in January, I didn't realize there were much cheaper alternatives.

I ordered three kinds to try.  Here are the two I have left: Good Karma (Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter) and Stowe Cinnamon Raisin.  The third kind I had (which is long gone) was Green Mountain Goodness (peanut & almond butter with pumpkin and flaxseed).

 What's your favorite brand/variety of peanut/almond/other nut butter?
Any favorite avocado uses/recipes??


  1. The guac looks great! I can't get enough avo... *drool*... When I went on the Mexico cruise trip a couple weeks back, I took a cooking tour with my mom and they taught us how to make guacamole, among other things. The recipe was pretty much exactly how you made it! We used avocado, tomato, lime, jalapeno, and a little salt and pepper.

  2. I would eat avocado (or guacamole) every day if I could! A cooking tour sounds like a lot of fun, and different than the typical cruise "excursion." Glad to hear I'm making it pretty close to the real thing! :)


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