Toasted Almond Mint Pesto

May 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Side dish, Summer Meal

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Here’s a little something-something to smear over a bite of your juicy grilled lamb chop…


Almonds, oven or stovetop toasted.  Chopped garlic. Cracked pepper, sea salt and fresh lemon juice.  A big fist of mint. All smashed together with a mortar and pestle.  Well, actually it’s the molcajete we use for guac, but same diff.  Stir on in a good pour of fruity olive oil and call it a pesto.  


A great addition to a lamb dish.  Or tossed in fresh pasta, smeared on crusty bread, mixed into a salad dressing…..  



The Perfect Guac

December 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Appies, Cravings

Here’s a quick little ditty to get your weekend started.

The Prep:

Double, triple or quadruple as needed.

  • open a bottle of tequila
  • drink the tequila
  • pit and scoop out 2 ripe avocados
  • seed and dice fine 1 jalapeño
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • lots of chopped cilantro
  • S&P

Now with a big utensil smash together the avocados and everything that follows.  Then pop in a little Joe Nichols.  That’s it.  Nice.

The Takeaway:

Quick appie.  Or a fixin’ for taco night.  Mmmm.  Taco night.  In this guac, I garnished with a few pickled fresno chilis for some color.  Some people use pomegranate seeds, also nice.   And btw, this is a good dish in which to employ the tot.  I do the chopping, she does the smashing.  One more thing- wash that cilantro good.  Nobody likes gritty guac.

p.s. check out my friend and colleague’s musings at Go Tell The Mayor.