Hi there! Did everyone enjoy the long weekend? I sure did. Plenty of sleeping in, my first concert at Ravinia (Guster was great!), and time spent on fun projects. Plus, I finally ran on the trail by our house wearing a new pair of running shoes. Oh, and I decided to join Twitter. You can find me @FiscallyChic.
So back to Ravinia. It’s a great outdoor concert venue. There are lawn seats and pavilion seats. I went with John’s sisters and their friends and we sat on the lawn and enjoyed a picnic dinner while listening to the music.
John’s family makes guacamole for almost every get together. There’s Christmas guac, Easter guac, Thanksgiving guac, etc. One year, they even had a “Guac Off.” I was in charge of bringing the guac this time, so I guess you could say it was Labor Day guac.
As for the ingredients, the only requirements (in my book) are avocados, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, and salt. Tomato, onion, and garlic are also fair game. You can also get a little crazy and add tequila, corn, or black beans. Or you can make a very basic version with only avocado, lime juice, garlic, and salt. The bite of raw garlic mimics the heat of the jalapeno pepper.
To mash the avocados, I use our trusty potato masher. That thing gets way more mileage with avocados than with potatoes.