Bonjour!

imageBonjour from Paris! I am here with my family and little bubba for a few days to celebrate my little sister’s 21st birthday. This is my third time here and each time I am reminded that it is my favorite city in Europe. We arrived the day after the first terror attack and we are so very sad for the French people, whose pain you can see and feel on the faces of everyone on the street. I will be posting more pictures and stories when I get back for now just wanted to say hello.

(…And just realizing now that I accidentally posted to my old wordpress.com site. I’ll be posting to the real blog when I get back!)

au revoir,

Grocery Shopping 101: Avocados

I’m compelled to write this post after hearing a woman across the aisle in the grocery store complain that she couldn’t make her guacamole because the avocados in the store were not ripe.

Tips for Shopping for Avocados

If you plan on making guacamole for a party, or serving avocado slices in a burger spread, plan ahead and BUY GREEN, UNRIPE AVOCADOS 2-4 DAYS AHEAD OF TIME!

That way, by the day your party comes around, your avocados will be perfectly ripe (and your bum will be covered).

You can’t bank on your grocery store having ripe avocados in stock. More often than not, the avocados will be unripe and green. And if they are ripe, there’s a good chance they’ll be snatched up by someone else or thrown away by the store associates. Sad, huh?

And if you eat avocados on a daily basis, I recommend buying them in a variety of shades, if possible.

Tips for Shopping for AvocadosHere for example, I found a pack of green, unripe avocados (bottom) and a pack of brown, ripe ones (top). Perfect for enjoying both early and late in the week!

To test for ripeness, give the avocado a soft squeeze and it should yield to moderate pressure (but not too much).

Or, you can flick the small round stem off the top of the avocado (see above). If it comes off easily, the avocado is ripe! If the stem doesn’t come off, the avocado is not ripe.

Lastly, here are some of my favorite avocado recipes!

Southern California Guacamole
Spice Rubbed NY Strip Steak with Avocado Salsa (one of my FAVORITE recipes!)
Guacamole Omelet
Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce
Grilled Garlicky Chicken Breast with Avocado Bruschetta
Cilantro Lemon Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Avocado Banana Spinach Smoothie
Chicken Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (Everygirl Feature)

xoxo,
Meg

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