Sunday, September 4, 2011

What does Labor Day Weekend mean for you? For the Diva -- I think of the small farmers & ranchers, who care for their avocado trees all year long. Its hard work - and they are often at the mercy of Mother Nature as to whether all their year-long labor will pay off.  So here's the Diva's favorite guacamole recipe. Make some this weekend and lift-a-chip in their honor. Happy Labor Day!
Diva's Molcajete Guacamole
2 heritage avocados (BEST choice: MacArthur. Also great: Bacon, Lamb or Zutano)
1/2 purple onion, chopped
1 lemon
1 heirloom tomato, chopped and seeded
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon Diva's special Guacamole spices 
Pit and cube/slice 2 MacArthur avocados (or other oily, creamy heritage avocados - see suggested list). Put 1 1/2 avocados into the molecajete and grind into a semi-smooth sauce (a "mole" - thus the term "molcajete" - sauce-maker). Add the spices and juice from the lemon and stir. Gently add all the other vegetables (onion, tomato, cilantro and remaining cubed avocado.) Stir gently so that the chunks are incorporated into the mole. Top with a cilantro sprig and serve in the molecajete. 
1 Diva or 4 regular people
Serve with authentic, restaurant-style corn tortilla chips or better yet, home fried flour tortilla chips
What is a Molecajete? (See photo below)
Remember to use a molecajete for an AUTHENTIC flair!  You can buy them on the Diva's site at - along with her special Guacamole spice mix.  (It has 5 different kinds of sea salt, plus a dozen other herbs and spices!) You can buy a "Gourmet Guacamole Set" that includes both - plus 6 in season heritage avocados, as well as some lemons, limes and fresh chiles. 

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