I have been fighting it throughout the NBA Playoffs, but the time has come for me jump on the Warriors’ bandwagon. They made the Finals – which means there are no more than seven games left on the NBA schedule this season!! I honestly lost count of who (and honestly why) Golden State played to get to the Finals. I just know the NBA playoffs have been on our TV since what feels like early February.
Watching the Finals is an event and I want to unveil a new treat! I already mastered Guacamole: check out my blog. But I can make this recipe in my sleep and I wanted to put a twist on it. I flipped through the June 2016 Food and Wine magazine and found this recipe for Smoky and Chunky Guacamole. Looks amazing!
Let’s get moving! (the recipe is posted below). I started with plum tomatoes from my garden! While I prepped the grill items, I also minced the garlic.
After prepping everything, I marinated the to-be-grilled items in a Ziplock bag for a couple of hours (avocado oil, gray salt and pepper) before putting them on a platter to take outside to the grill. Check out all those colors!
My Man is the grill master so he took over from here. He is already a Warriors fan, so he dressed the part with his t-shirt from an earlier playoff game!
He even helped out by making this video on timing for the grill.
He started to pull the items off the grill as they were finished. They all looked so good!
I let the veggies cool a bit before I started making the guacamole. I pulled the skin off the avocados and chopped up the tomatoes. The colors were gorgeous!
I then minced the peppers and purple onions; and then added the minced garlic and chopped Cilantro.
After I squeezed the limes in the bowl, I salt and peppered it all. And finally, I taste-tested with organic blue chips.
Stop it! It was amazing! It had so much flavor and kick to it! I will be making this again!
The Recipe. Click here for the link as well.
Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.
An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.