Guac-umami

Happy guacamole eatersYesterday was more about the new sprinkler toy that Grandma sent (boy have those come a long way since we were kids) than food, but umami girl managed to eke out a couple of summerworthy uses for our veggies nonetheless. And to serve them with hot dogs and ice cream cones for dinner. Hey, factory-added MSG is one of the most potent sources of umami!

Guac-umami

2 ripe Haas avocados
1 tomato, seeded and diced
Zest and juice of 1 lime
¼ Texas Super Sweet Onion, finely diced
2 garlic greens, minced
¼ cup minced cilantro
3 solid pinches of salt
A few grinds black pepper

Peel, pit and dice the avocados, and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl.* Mash about 1/4 of the diced pieces lightly with a fork, but leave a lot of them intact – it’s so much less Old El Paso that way. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, mix thoroughly but gently, and serve with good corn chips and good beer (or good margaritas, which, if you believe the Barefoot Contessa – and I almost always do – are ironically easiest to achieve with pretty bad tequila).

* If you ever watched Food Network back before it went the way of post-’80s MTV (you know, when it was still about food), you probably know how to do this without wasting 20 minutes and losing three fingertips. If not, check out the video below, which will change your life.


Red Iceberg Salad with Garlicky Vinaigrette

1 head red iceberg lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces
5 radishes, sliced thinly
1 tomato, seeded and thinly sliced

For the Dressing
1 Tablespoon good sherry vinegar
2 garlic greens, minced
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3-4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Two good pinches of salt and a few grinds of black pepper

Mix the vinegar, garlic greens, mustard, salt and pepper in the bottom of a salad bowl. Pour in the oil in a slow stream while whisking or mixing vigorously with a fork to emulsify. Add the radishes and tomato, toss with the dressing, and let them hang out together for a little while. Toss in the lettuce immediately before serving.

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