As I mentioned in my other post, I’m not one to stray from a recipe, for the most part. There are, however, a handful of dishes that I can make from scratch without any recipe at all…and I happen to think that they’re the best ones that I make. I know the basics of what should go into them and then I alter the rest to taste.

I can make a tasty pasta sauce, a damn good chicken soup with all the trimmings, but the best thing that I think I make is my guacamole. Every time I make it it gets rave reviews…and if I don’t say so myself, I think it’s better than any Mexican restaurant I’ve ever eaten in. In fact, I don’t usually share my secret recipe, but I thought it was time to let others enjoy it’s deliciousness…no more being selfish.

I know all guacamole has the same ingredients for the most part, but I think the key is the amount of lime juice and cilantro I use. I know lots of people say they don’t like cilantro, but I’ve made many of those people eat my guac, and they always like it. I think it may just convert any cilantro-hater. The ingredients are few, simple and fresh and I’m certain that’s what makes it taste so good.

I love chopping cilantro!

This past week I went to L.A. with Nate to visit my family and friends and the warm weather just screamed for me to whip up a batch.  Plus, the vegetables in California are unbeatable. I stayed with my uncle and so one night when we decided to grill up our dinner, I made a batch to eat while we were waiting for the main meal. It’s too bad that I had some stomach virus the whole time that kept me from having more than a small taste of it :( It was, however, as delicious as I remembered. Make it for yourself, and I think you’ll agree ;)

Manning the grill

**Passover recipes to come soon. I tried making a butternut squash kugel and I’m deciding if it’s worthy of my blog. I’m definitely going to include one dessert.

green just isn't an appetizing color...


Fresh Guacamole

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Recipe by Me
makes 5 LARGE servings

3 ripe avocados
2 plum tomatoes (or other small tomatoes)
1/4-1/2 red onion (depending on taste), finely chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup)
juice of 3 limes
salt and pepper to taste

Cut all avocados in half, remove pit and peel. Put 2 of the avocados in a bowl and mash with fork. Squeeze 2 limes on top to prevent browning and mix well. Set aside other avocado.

Slice tomatoes into 1/4″ slices and remove seeds and rest of liquid parts. Chop tomato into 1/4″ dice. Add to avocados. Finely dice onion and add to avocado mixture. Add chopped cilantro, salt and pepper and juice of last lime. Mix well.

Cut last avocado into large chunks and add to rest of mixture. Mix well and taste. Add additional seasoning as necessary.

May be refrigerated for several hours, but keep well covered to prevent browning. Best served immediately, with chips!



  1. I love guacamole! Your recipe looks wonderful.

  2. Love guacamole and it’s great that you can be flexible with it. Leave out the onions or tomatoes and it’s still good.

    • You sure could leave them out…but it wouldn’t be as good. I hate onions, but in order to be Amy’s Best Guacamole, you gotta leave ’em in ;)

  3. oh i love guac :) this looks alot like my recipe for it!

  4. I hope you are feeling better now! The California produce is definitely the best. We lived out there for a short time and I really miss the farmer’s markets!
    Your guacamole looks so delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Thanks, Katie. It took a full week, but I’m finally feeling better. When you’re a foodie, having a stomach bug is the worst!

      I totally wish I lived in cali just for the fresh produce. I bet you miss it a ton…

  5. I LOVE guacamole! Your version looks amazing! That is terrible that you were sick during your trip…hopefully you are felling better now! :)

  6. Amy,
    Your blog is lovely! And I am following this guacamole recipe tonight! :)

    • Hi Claudia!!!! Yay, so glad you’re reading my blog :) How are you?? If you do make this, be sure to let me know how it turns out! Make sure you add enough lime juice and cilantro…that’s key ;)

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