Best Guacamole Ever
May 25, 2009, 10:45 pm
Filed under: gourmet kids recipe, guacamole, picklesandcake, recipe, sauter

Best Guacamole Ever

3 ripe Haas avocados
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 small jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 small tomato, seeded and 1/4 inch cubed
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
ground pepper to taste (1/4 tsp recommended)

Cut avocados in half and use your blade to twist and pop out the pit.

Slice a crisscross (Jump Jump!) pattern down into the halved avocados without piercing the skin.

Flip inside out and drop the two softest avocados into a mixing bowl. Save the firmest avocado for last.

Use a fork to mash the first two avocados.

Add the remaining ingredients…

Mix well with your fork and then gently fold in the last avocado for some more solid density and texture.

Serve! Here is a video of me serving the girls guacamole in the musical sombrero. The reaction is priceless.

This easy fresh-flavored dip is perfect for chips or fajitas.


First Tomato
May 21, 2009, 11:35 pm
Filed under: beefsteak tomato, picklesandcake, vegetable garden

I planted three different tomato varieties in April and the first tomato is finally ripe enough to eat! Hallelujah! Lillie picked it all by herself. Looks like the motherload will hit in about two weeks with another 12 or so ripening around then. These beefsteak tomatoes are so dense and full of flavor – nothing like the bland mediocre tomatoes in the grocery store. I’m already daydreaming about what I can create with them…more tomato goodness to come.

Ladybug Lost in the Baby Greens
May 14, 2009, 8:06 pm
Filed under: baby greens, ladybug, pickles and cake

Look who I found hiding in the tub of baby greens. I’ve had this in the fridge for about a week – poor guy. I brought him outside and put him with the tomato plants.

Mr. Pickle
May 3, 2009, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Mr. Pickle (3487)
Originally uploaded by acb

I found this dancing pickle while surfing for some Pickles and Cake logo inspiration. An anthropomorphic slice of cake and a smiling pickle to drive home the kid angle seems to be what the blog is missing. I envision an old time concession stand feel from movie theaters past – dancing candy and soda pop singing “Let’s Go Out To the Movies!”