Simple Guacamole!

My car died coming back from vacation leaving us stranded at ten o’clock at night at the Woodburn Ford Dealer. Well, I live on a great street with great neighbors! In fact, they’re more than neighbors, they’re great friends and without even hesitating, they rescued us and got us home. Tthe car stayed for repair — it is home safe and sound now!)

Anyway, while we were driving home, Kathy (my lovely friend and neighbor) said, “Let’s have a girls night taco feed!” Perfect — that is just what I needed!


Kathy fixed very simple margaritas, equal parts limeade concentrate, water, beer and tequila. Yum!

Julie brought chips and salsa (yum!) and I contributed a very simple guacamole. Happy hour out on the deck was just what we needed! It was a great night!


 Janine’s Simple Guacamole:

3 avocados

A scant 1/8 tsp mayo

Fresh lemon

Worcestershire sauce


Fresh ground salt and pepper

Smash the avocados with a fork until there are small lumps (I like it rustic.) Add the tiniest bit of mayo. You don’t want it to taste like mayonnaise at all. Use just enough to cause the chemical reaction to make it creamy! Squeeze in a bit of fresh lemon; add a splash of Worcestershire sauce; and add to taste the paprika and fresh ground salt and pepper. Taste the guacamole and adjust as necessary.

Picking ripe avocados at the grocery store is always difficult; I find that the organic ones are a bit more predictable than the regular ones. Look for the fruit that will give to a gentle squeeze and the “button” at the top is not all wrinkled up (those are old.)

Janine Blackwell

Janine Blackwell

Food has always been a main focus of my family life! At 12 years old I picked berries during the summer and at 15 I started work in the local cannery. This was my summer job all through college (my father was the production manager for Norpac Foods for 30 years, so I had an in!) Each summer my mom would can and preserve fruit and vegetables so we could have "good stuff" all year long. I attended a cooking school while I lived in England for about a year, but my life took a different turn and I did not go into food professionally. My sister owns a restaurant in Colorado and my brother works for a blueberry processing plant in Silverton, OR. Like I said- a family affair! I teach video and film at Columbia River HS (love it) but I also love to cook, can and preserve. I work to use as much home grown, locally produced and organic product as I possibly can.

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