Simple Kitchen Tips

Simple Tip & Recipe: Avocado Tips and Guacamole Recipe

I love guacamole, and my favorite is from the restaurant, Cantina Laredo. They make it table side for you and adjust the seasonings to fit your taste. Here is a pretty close version of their recipe – Many people don’t care for the taste of cilantro, so feel free to adjust this recipe based on your likes!

Fresh Guacamole

  • 2 Haas avocado (review my tips in video above to find the perfectly ripe avocado)
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of a small purple onion, chopped very fine
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper (I use 1/4 or even less). If you don’t want to deal with chopping a jalepeno pepper, use canned, pre-chopped version – about 1/2 to one whole teaspoon.
  • 2 T. fresh Lime juice (I recommend fresh lime juice over packaged lime juice. Some things are worth the work!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I tend to not use salt, but I do when working with avocados and eggs!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro chopped (Omit if you don’t like the flavor!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder in a bowl and mix.  In a separate, small bowl, scoop out avocado flesh and mash with a fork.  
Add avocado, jalapeno, tomato, onion, and cilantro to lime juice mixture.  Serve immediately with tortilla chips, or save using the method in my video above.

SSD Avocado


Simple Summertime Kitchen Hacks from Simple Solutions Diva!

Screenshot 2014-07-09 08.15.29I am always looking for simple ways to do things in the kitchen, hopefully saving time and energy! These simple kitchen hacks are just a few of my favorites for the summer:

Don’t Lose Hot Dogs In The Grill: For perfectly grilled hot dogs that don’t curl, use 2 wooden skewers, soaked in water so they don’t burn, and thread hot dogs between two skewers. Grill the hot dogs, then turn them over by using the skewers.

Banish The Fruit Flies: Summer time equals fresh fruit – which also means fruit flies in the house! Ugh! This is my favorite way to get rid of the flies easily! Click here to see my video, Get Rid Of Pesky Fruit Flies!

The Perfect Sliced Onion: Perfect slices of onion for hamburgers or other recipes are easier if you use a vegetable peeler to get perfectly thin slices of onion!

Grilled Cut Veggies: For perfect sliced veggies for the grill, like zucchini, squash, or potatoes, use an apple slicer to slice them!

Got A Recipe That Calls For Lots Of Tomatoes (or grapes)? Slice cherry tomatoes or grapes in large quantities by using this tip – place the tomatoes between two dishes; using a sharp serrated knife, slice through the tomatoes. Voila! And, I just happen to have a link to one of my favorite summertime appetizers using grape tomatoes – Caroline’s Tomato Feta Dip

Easy Way to Slice Zucchini or Potatoes Hasselback Style –

Hasselback Potatoes
Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes (or zucchini) are a great way to serve stuffed potatoes, but sometimes it is hard to keep from slicing all the way through the potato! If you place chopsticks on either side of the potato and then slice, the chopsticks prevent you from completely cutting through the potato! Like this:

Easy Way To Cut Hasselback Potatoes
Easy Way To Cut Hasselback Potatoes

Keep Your Iced Coffee Strong, Not Watery  – Extra coffee in the coffee pot? Pour leftover coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. Perfect way to make the iced coffee without watering it down!

Keep Wine Chilled In Your Glass – Add frozen grapes to your wine glass to keep your wine chilled, without watering it down!

Thank you to WTLV-TV’s First Coast Living for inviting me on the show to share these simple summertime kitchen hacks!

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