01 Feb 2013

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.

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Sylvia’s Guacamole

There are many different versions of guacamole. I always prefer mine with lots of tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Perhaps it’s because I like the avocado to take on a supporting role in the recipe. My friend Sylvia knew how I liked my guacamole and when I was behind getting all the stuff done for a party, she graciously offered to make it for me. She decided to surprise me with her recipe that resembled my own, but took it to a new and delicious level.

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
¾ cup chopped tomatoes
½ cup finely chopped onions
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
¼ teaspoon chopped serrano pepper, or to taste
½ teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
Equipment: ceramic or glass medium bowl
Instructions:
• On a cutting board, place chopped shallots and add ½ teaspoon salt to the shallots. Chop the shallots with the salt until they form a paste.
• Cut the avocados in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place on cutting board. Cut the halves into small pieces and place in bowl.
• Pour the lime juice over the avocado and carefully stir. The juice will keep the avocado from turning brown.
• Mix in the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, garlic, pepper, cumin, shallot paste and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Gently stir the ingredients together. Add the cilantro, mixing it slowly into the guacamole.
• Taste and adjust seasonings to personal taste.

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