Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Favorite Cookbook - A Giveaway


Grilled Chicken, Peach and Avocado Salad

When I stumble upon the gift of a lazy weekend, one of my favorite things to do is grab a stack of cookbooks/cooking mags and a legal pad and write lists about food. What sounds good, what I'm planning to make, grocery lists...

I don't know how this happened, because one minute I was an angsty teenager browning the meat for Hamburger Helper under duress, and the next minute I was buying goat cheese and complicated seasonings.

I love food. I love to cook.

I daydream about it. I plan my life around it.
It's my therapy.
It's my soulmate.

Just be glad I'm not prone to exaggerations.

Perfect Fish Tacos with Curdito - a cabbage slaw that is going to change your life!

There's nothing quite as bonding for a girl like me to find someone who can match my foodie fervor. As luck would have it, I traveled to Ethiopia with Gaby Dalkin of What's Gaby Cooking fame. I've gotta say, she might love salsa as much as I do. (What??) She definitely loves avocados more, but she lives in California, so it's not an even race. She lives and breathes delicious, fresh food. She's got a heart of gold and she's hilarious and she ran into Tim Riggins a few months ago at the airport and took a selfie with him.

What else do you really need to know??

A few months back she sent me a copy of her cookbook, Absolutely Avocados.
I adored it immediately.

Fiesta Fries

Since I'm not about reinventing the wheel, here's my Amazon review:
As a lover of food (particularly anything ultra-fresh or Tex-Mexy) AND a general lover of awesome people, this book grabbed me from word one. Not only did the photographs make me salivate, Gaby Dalkin's text read like juicy commentary from my favorite college roommate - equal parts funny and engaging, rooted in story.

This book is such a dishy read, it earned a coveted place on my kitchen counter, (rather than being relegated to the shelf in the basement.) I reach for it again and again.

And one lucky day, when my husband least expects it, I'll bust out the Chorizo Gravy Guacamole Loaded Nachos and our lives will be complete.


I can't stop loving every single recipe in the book.
It will revolutionize your Summer.

Because Gaby is as rad as she is wise, she's giving 3 copies of Absolutely Avocados to lucky, Tex-Mexy FPFG readers.

To throw your name in the hat, just talk foodie to me.
Tell me your favorite meal or your favorite avocado application or why spicy food completes you.
Tell me what you love or what you had for dinner tonight. Tell me anything foodish. 


ps - Click the vote button on my sidebar!! We're half-way there, homies.

*Amazon affiliate links used

163 comments:

  1. I don't know how to talk foodie. Maybe this book would get me to 4th grade.

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  2. I wasn't going to enter (being a contrarian), but the mighty aguacate is too strong to resist. So, one ticket for this game of chance, please! Consult my solicitor for any necessary information, et hoc genus omne.

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  3. The best use for avocado to me is sliced and placed on a cracker. Yummo. That is, If I can ever find a ripe avocado in Ohio! :D #firstworldgroceryproblems

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  4. My favorite summer dish is a salsa made with radishes (I know, sounds weird, but it's good), corn, black beans, olive oil, cilantro, salt and jalapenos. SO SO good! I also LOVE avocados!!

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  5. Right now I'm obsessed with BLTs with avocado! Actually all things avocado make me swoon! This book is perfect for me!

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  6. I love beef carnitas - I make 'em along with home made tortillas & of COURSE fresh salsa & guac! YUM! I love the taste of spicy food but can't stand that my nose gets red like crazy & then starts drip, drip, dripping. Just the price I must pay for yummy food. :) This cook book looks amazing!

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  7. There's nothing better than avocados...especially made into guacamole, with your salsa recipe and Santitos!

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  8. I have just started eating avocados and discovered my husband and I like them! Would love to try this.

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  9. I love avocados! Guacamole is a fave, but I''ve been making a salad with avocado, radish, apple, cilantro, etc. It sounded weird to me but its great! I will try avocado in anything... I only wish I had started liking them sooner!

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  10. Nothing like avocados!!! Had to get good ones in rural Oklahoma.

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  11. huge fan of tex-mexy food... could eat it every night of the week! and this book looks pretty amazing!

    hmm... foodie talk... my favorite avocado concoction is Tuscany bread toasted with a little bit of salted butter... thin sliced avocado to top it off with a sprinkling of salt and black pepper... it's delicious!

    {also... voted for ya again today...}

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    1. Oopsiemaizie, I'm drooling! That sounds so yummy and so quick; the perfect combo!

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  12. OK, I love fun, fresh food. Mexican is my husband's favorite type of ethnic food, so we do really well with that :) I made PWs fajitas from her holiday cookbook for Cinco de Mayo and they were amazing! My husband dubbed the tiny bit that was leftover as his Favorite Leftovers EVER! I want to try her watermelon pico de gallo this summer, too!

    I recreated some super amazing nachos that we had at an awesome restaurant on a river outside of Minneapolis. Nachos topped with carnitas, smoked gouda cheese sauce, and cilantro with pico de gallo and guacamole on the side. uh.may.zing!

    Aside from regular old guacamole, I've been enjoying a piece of toast with smashed avocado spread on top...piled with spring mix lettuce, bacon, and tomato You can even put sliced hardboiled egg on top for tidier eating OR a fried egg if you want to eat it with a fork.

    When I get a good deal on avocados, I like to put 1 or 2 in a quart sized freezer bag, smoosh it all up with a little garlic powder and lime juice. I freeze it flat and when I need guacamole, I just thaw it, cut the corner and squeeze it in a bowl and add a little of whatever sounds good...maybe some diced roma tomatoes and red onion.

    Whew! That's a lot of foodie talk :)

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    1. I'm obsessed with PW's fajitas.
      And your open-faced avocado sounds phenomenal.
      You are my people.

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  14. i love food. i love cooking. i love baking. for myself and others. i love recipes. and cookbooks. food is my love language. avocados are amazing in every way and with so many things. i can't imagine life without them. - Karen Boone

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  15. your food posts always make me hungry. my sister in California used to have an avacado tree. my sister in New Orleans would love this book!

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    1. again, this is Kirsten, not Katherine :)

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  16. Love mexi food - and it is a guarantee that my kids will eat a decent meal, too! I'm growing tomatoes, cilantro, and peppers in my garden this summer with hopes of enough harvest to make a good salsa. Or gazpacho. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. we just love guacamole! nothing fancy :) and i will sadly admit we ate pb&j for dinner last night. nothing foody about that! :)

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  18. I've lived in many places around the world and love eating all sorts of food, but I must admit that chips dipped in salsa, queso, guac, or various other kinds of dips always bring a smile to my face. I am a huge Tex-Mex fan and I'm getting closer to converting my Canadian husband. :) I don't usually comment, but I have a dear friend who would LOVE this cookbook. She adores all things avacado.

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  19. We had the privilege of living in the Dominican Republic for 4 years and were blessed with an avocado in the yard! Yummy! In the DR they slice the avocado, splatter a little oil and vinegar and garlic salt and it makes the perfect side dish! Long gone are the days in the Caribbean but I am sure a good cookbook with avocados being the focus would take me back! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. ....that would be avocado tree and lest i forget the most important ingredient...lime juice..lots of lime juice!

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  20. I ordered tacos at a food truck that had deep fried avocados as the main ingredient. Just divine. I really wanted them to cater my wedding but they were already booked.

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  21. I eat an avocado on a fresh spinach salad almost every day. It is of course topped with goat cheese! YUM!!!! Or I love them plain with lime juice and salt!

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  22. I *love* anything with an avocado in it...I *love* 'em all by their lonesomes...this book sounds wonderful...of course. :) We had leftover hamburger soup for dinner last night....an avocado in the house might have helped things a little. Thank you to your friend Gaby for offering her book to three of your readers. Thank you to you for hosting this giveaway. Have a lovely day!

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  23. I love avocados and I love fish tacos, but being landlocked, I haven't figured out how to make them right myself.

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  24. It's lunchtime and my stomach is growling and reading this post and these comments are driving my taste buds absolutely berserk! I think it's safe to say that I need this cookbook because I only have one working avacado dish and it's plain ol' guacamole but I can eat it as fast as I make it! I use sour cream, lemon juice and Epicure's seasoning (hardly original, but it's super easy).

    My husband is a BBQ fanatic and I feel like some new summer-y recipes would do us good! Last night we had lemon baked salmon and garden salad; just think what avacado could have been to those ingredients!

    PS. I think it's okay to be allowed to win another contest on this blog.. I hope you don't have rules against that!

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  25. I love avocados any way you can fix them, but I really just have a funny avocado story. My 13 month old LOVES avocados like his Mama. He sniffs them out, no matter how many dusty potatoes I try to hide them under, and toddles around the house taking little bites and spitting out the peel until he gets to the good stuff. He's the one of these three we have to keep our eyes on :)

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  26. Our family thrives on Mexican food the spicier the better! And of course nothing goes better with our favorite spicy dishes than a creamy, smooth, buttery avocado. This avocado loving, salsa loving, California mama needs this cookbook. Plus my name is Shannon so I should get bonus points!

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  27. Mmmm...avocado's! They are good anyway ya use 'em. Easy avo on toast, avo on eggs, tacos, bowls and salads. We're vegetarians and we happen to live in CA. So pretty much the avo is our meat replacement. High in fiber, protein and all that is delicious and creamy.

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  28. I learned to make basic, DELICIOUS guac in Guatemala. It's my fave.

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  29. Spicy Mexican Casserole....layers of refried beans, rice, tortillas, diced and cooked chicken, cheese, sour cream and seasonings of course...topped with shredded lettuce and sliced avocados. Delich and easy!!!

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  30. Tex-Mexy is my fave! We make taco salads a lot in my house cause they are easy and versatile.

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  31. I do like myself some spicy food. My go to seasoning is definately cayenne pepper. Spicy tuna salad, spice pasta salad, yummy spicy chicken soup...maybe i need to beef up my vocab and find another word for spicy:)

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  32. Breakfast: Sautéed greens, mushrooms, and onion, a fried egg, cubes of avocado, all in a corn tortilla with a chili sauce/mayo mixture drizzled on top. The BOMB. Seriously!!

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  33. I made vegetable soup last night. It decided to get hot yesterday so it wasn't as enjoyable as I had imagined. ;) All those dishes look fabulous to me. My daughter and her husband would probably fight me over it. They love cooking together using the freshest ingredients. I don't know where she learned that from...;)

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  34. Yummo! I threw an avocado into my smoothie this morning...rarely does a day go by that it's not incorporated into my meal plan somehow.

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  35. I love hearing my father in law say "avacados" in Spanish, and I would like to tell you that one of my daughter's first words was "avacado." It is so adorable coming out of a 2-year-old's mouth. I like to mash them up with a little bit of sour cream and mayo in an egg salad, toss them in a taco salad, cobb salad, turkey sandwich, and don't get me started on guac--you've had that amazing blue cheese version at Mod Mex.
    I too was that teenager browning beef for the hamburger helper. I tried it again this winter, and it was vomitous. Thank goodness for good cookbooks and the soul-stirring inspiration of list-making!

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  36. I love how avocados are so versatile. My mother in law had never thought to use them as anything but dip. I gave her an avocado lesson every night that week to teach her otherwise. Now there is another avocado lover on this planet!!

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  37. I would love to win this! I used to not know anything about the avocado but now since I can get them at Aldi for 30 cents I am trying to figure out how to use this outside of tons of guac every week!

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  38. I don't need a particular reason or time of day to eat avocados, nor do I need any extra ingredients thrown in other than salt. I love to slice them up and partake, or mush them up and use a spoon, or maybe even my finger, if my slicing skills went bad that day. Heaven will have lots of green everywhere and smell like avocados. <3

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  39. We love our homemade guacamole...just avacado, onion, lime juice, cilantro, and salt...Yum yum...we LOVE avacados!!

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  40. Girl. You are speaking my language. In my kitchen, avocados are their own food group. Nothing causes me more kitchen duress than having an avocado go from not quite ripe to over ripe and bad before I can eat it. Give me a big bowl of rice, beans, cheese and avocado and I am in my happy place.

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  41. Avocados are always on my grocery list. We love guacamole with chips, the spicier the better. One of my favorites is a spicy chickpea avocado wrap and that's what I'm having for lunch today.

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  42. well as luck would have it...I'm eating my tex-mex lunch as we speak...rice..beans...with mango/cantaloupe salsa..with a smidge too much jalapeño in it..if there is such a thing!!! This book looks amazing!!

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  43. I love avocados. My family turns up their noses at avocados. This is my grief.

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  44. I love anything mexican - my fav place to eat is Fiesta Mexicana here in Ohio and they have the best salsa and chicken chimis - with amazing queso sauce! I might have to get this book to see if I can create some of my favs! I do love to make homemade salsa and guacamole :)

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  45. I love avocados! I have an avocado with my eggs every morning. My new favorite is grilled spicy salmon topped with guacamole!

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  46. If Mexian food is wrong I def don't want to be right.... Tex mex is my favorite.... I luv guacamole and salsa and my day is complete if I can mix the two.....

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  47. Oh. my. word. this book is MEANT for me! I will buy it regardless but it would be super rad to win it from my favorite blogger (not to butter you up or anything.. :)) One of my favorite avocado dishes I make is Avocado Mac & Cheese.. Sounds weird. I use Pepper Jack cheese and Lime and various other ingredients but it comes out as this perfectly zesty, creamy, avo dish. I've also done chicken enchiladas with an avocado "sauce" instead of traditional enchilada sauce. Okay, I'm drooling at my desk now.

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  48. Two fave avocado recipes: a Lebanese salad and a BLAT (BLT plus avocado.) Mmmmmmm...

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  49. Avocados on sandwiches! Especially BLT's. And tuna salad sandwiches. Yum!!

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  50. Love BLTs with avocado...nachos with avocado smashed all over them dipped in homemade salsa...avocado cubed with tomatoes, feta and a little bit of salt and lemon juice served with chips.

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  51. I ADORE avocado!! I eat it straight up (I'm gansta like that), I mush it on toast, I put it in salads. I pretty much find any way to put it in anything I'm eating. I'd love to win this to find more deilcious ways to eat it! Thanks!!

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  52. I enjoy avocados several days a week. With salsa & re-fried beans as a dip, on spinach salads or just plane. This books sounds very delicious & enjoyable to try the recipes. Makes my mouth water just looking at the picture.

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  53. I love guacamole with extra lime juice! But sliced and salted avocados are also great when served on top of breakfast eggs!

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  54. I married a Mexican, we eat guacamole like you eat salsa, avocados are a staple in our home, and DUH to being spicy food lovers. Basically I need this cookbook, you can see why. Thank you.

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  55. I LOVE to read cookbooks too! It has been my hearts desire to have my own copies of our old church cookbooks put together over 20+ years ago. My grandma just found an old copy from 1985ish for me (I was 5 yrs old). No pictures of course but I love to read these tried and true recipes from women that I admire and adore.
    If I see fish tacos on a menu I'm ordering them but its not something I like to make at home. I'm a big fan of chips dipped in anything, queso, salsa, guacamole...
    Last year I planted cilantro in my garden and it grew like crazy! I'm hoping for good luck again this year. I love to add it to fresh salsa and guacamole!
    I'm not familiar with What's Gaby Cooking but I can't wait to check it out.

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  56. Avocados are my favorite! I like my guac chunky just like my babies. Oh, recently, I decided to chop a mango and toss those orange bits of sweetness in right with the cilantro and lime juice...do not skimp on either!--so yummy! Forget the chips, just grab a spoon!

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  57. I've got my garden all geared up with tomatoes and jalapeños and cilantro for salsa, and I cannot wait till I can harvest it!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. Lately we've been loving bacon/guac burgers. But I also adore the bacon/avocado/corn salad recipe that I found on recipe girl who was featuring it from Gaby's book! So yummy. I'll be making it tonight I think.

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  59. I love to cook and eat. And this is a big week! This is my first week cooking on my own after 6 weeks of meals that our church family has been bringing us after the birth of our fourth kiddo and the 9 months before that feeling icky and cooking being really challenging. SOOOOO, bring on the avocados!! Also, using my favorite simple dressing to put on pasta salad (or reallly anything else): 2 T fresh lemon juice, 4 T olive oil, 1/4 tsp. salt. Simple and YUM and summery!

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  60. I voted for you hun! :-) Also I have to say I love avocado with anything but what my family loves is avocado burgers!!! Oh you use the avocado instead of ketchup or mayo and it is awesome! Also I love it in a salad or of course on my tacos.

    I would just love to be blessed to win this awesome book. :-) Thanks for hosting the party, have a great day. :-)

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  61. Been slicing avocados onto my home canned albacore tuna sandwiches with spicy cheese grated on top- then under the broiler for just a minute- the avocado goes on last- just thought I would clarify...:) This book would be so fun to have- tex-mex is my FAVORITE go to food!!

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  62. I just finished reading "Bread and Wine" by Shauna Niequist.... have you read it? Read it! So fabulous for anyone who loves to cook and eat. Anyway, the opening quote in the book is from A.A. Milne-
    "When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last,
    "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
    "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
    "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.
    Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
    "It's the same thing," he said.

    That is exactly, 100%, how I feel about food.

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  63. right now I'm downing leftover homemade barbacoa topped with guac...this cookbook would be dreamy to own!
    cathy

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  64. Avocado cupcakes or avocado brownies are at the top currently. I just saw a recipe for avocado chili brownies with a tequila ice cream. I think I'm in love.

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  65. Sounds weird, but avocado sliced on top of huge lettuce leaves with a scoop of ham salad and cottage cheese. Num num.

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  66. My 3 year old thinks "addacado" is the Spanish word for orange. She's close, but not quite. Have you covered colors yet in your cutesy cabin de espanol? I buy avocados in bulk at Costco, halve them, de-seed them and freeze them. My 1 year old loves them slightly thawed and cubed. Avocado-cicles...if you will. For me - I like them fresh, in guac....and preferably with a side of crack bark.

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  67. Love avocados in my favorite Mexican salad, "smooshed" on a veggie sandwich and in guac.... They are the star of the show! I can only imagine the salivating recipes inside this book. PS: Your review would make anyone want to run to their nearest computer and order the book right up : )

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  68. Avocado toast has to be up there, avocado smashed with lime juice, chopped red onion, and S&P with chips and salsa is a good one, too. Grilled cheese with smashed or sliced avocado, avocado on a salad or in a salsa, the list goes on...

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  69. guacamole can't be beat, plus it goes so well with spicy salsa and tortillas!

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  70. I love to make guacamole, but avocados are delish in anything mexican.

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  71. I love avocados on a BLT sandwich with a smear of sriracha aioli. Makes your taste buds hummmm.

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  72. I love avacados in any form, but my favorite paleo way is to use guacamole as dip for my bacon :)

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  73. I was just thinking today that if I had to choose one meal to eat everyday for the rest of my life it would be taco salad, with salsa and avocado, of course!

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  74. My go-to lunch these days is a huge salad mash-up with Romaine, baby spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, turkey/chicken, poppyseed dressing, and avocadoes. And yes, I put a whole avocado on top. Yes, it's really too much for one person, but it will go brown if I don't, so I go all-out.
    P.S. I am Linda, not Jim R. - that's my husband, but we share an account and I'm not savvy enough to figure out how to log in with my own name. I fail the internet. But I voted for you!

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  75. This book was meant for me! I LOVE avacadoes! When we eat out that's how I decide what to order - is there avacado or guacamole involved - then order it!!!

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  76. Love doing something a little unexpected with avocados - like making an avocado salad dressing to serve with butter lettuce, cucumbers, bacon bits, and blue cheese crumbles. So delicious!

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  77. My gluten-free son has a thing for home-made guacamole... I would love to be able to expand our avocado repertoire!!!

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  78. HAHA! Talk foodie to me...

    Well, ok then! Avocado smashed on toast is my forever favorite thing. Add a runny egg and I will literally kiss you. And I'd eat it pretty much every day.

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  79. i'm so mad at abby dumont ;) i was gonna say avocado smashed on a nice italian type bread toasted, and some sea salt on top, is probably my most favoritest. unless its table side guacamole from papas & beer restaurant.

    as they say down under. yumo.

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  80. I eat avocado daily....on my eggs, smooched on toast, in a salad, scooped out with salt and pepper...you name it! But I'd love new ideas!

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  81. We are having "Fiesta Stack-Up" tonight. It is basically a fancy nacho salad but here is the kicker. You add coconut and pecans to it when you are making your plate. If you Google Fiesta Stack Up the recipe will come up. I didn't believe my friends when they told me the coconuts and pecans would be good but I tried it anyway. Oh. My. Word! I don't even like coconut really but I LOVE it on this dish! We're having a crowd over for dinner so I'm using the recipe that calls for 4lbs of meat. It serves about 15 people~

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  82. I like my avocados simple: cut in half, pitted, and sprinkled with a little salt and black pepper. So good!

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  83. I love avocado smashed and slathered on warm toast with salt and pepper!! But my favorite meal is the ultra spicy Korean dish called dalk galbi. :)

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  84. LOVE avocados and I'm always looking for new recipes.I hope I win!!!!

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  85. love avacado for breakfast! add it to a fried egg, sharp cheddar cheese and roll it in a whole wheat tortilla.

    For dinner tonight: Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese.

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  86. I recently found a recipe for a creamy avocado dressing... holy yum! We put it on everything and my daughter calls it, "her green sauce." We're trying something new tonight. Taco bowls made with broccoli slaw and topped with, you guessed it, avocados.

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  87. I had half an avocado for lunch today on toast with coffee! For dinner I made chili and we had over rice which is supposed to be better for you when you combine rice with beans - OK works for us! Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook. I would treasure it!!

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  89. Oh my yumm!! I could eat avocados plain (even though I can never spell it right the first time..) My hubby could eat Mexican every night of the week, tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas. I could probably use some recipes to keep it festive. And we just celebrated our 20th anniversary...this cookbook could seriously complete us. :P Looks amazing! Thanks.

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  90. We consider it our greatest accomplishment as mentors that we taught Zack to love guacamole. However, I have decided our only difference in our twin-ness is that I am a terrible cook and definitely wouldn't do it to relax. Eating all the chips and salsa and avocados though, that I will do to relax. . .

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  91. I live in Austin and could eat tex-mex alldayerryday. Except throw in an occasional Thai dish. Fingers crossed that I win this fun cookbook! :)

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  92. I like to slice avocado on my morning toast instead of butter.

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  93. I love avocados! My favorite way to eat them is in the shell with lemon juice and coarse salt drizzled/sprinkled over the top. Next comes guacamole with salsa over a taco salad. I even like them mashed under meat gravy as a potato substitute. Mmmmm.

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  94. Avocados complete me. I can't think of a bad way to eat them but our fav is a BLT with avocado. After reading all of these ideas I feel the need to head to the kitchen! Yum!

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  95. Avocados are awesome! Would love to learn how to make them more versatile. And since I just got braces on my teeth, soft foods are my new BFF.

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  96. I'm not going to complicate it. Guacamole is a flavour gift from the Almighty!

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  98. I just bought 7 avocados today!! I *need* this cookbook!

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  99. I love guacamole on so many things!

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  100. One of my favorite recipes with avocado is a salad my grandmother makes. She puts mixed salad greens on individual salad plates. Then, she slices avocado to place on top of the greens as well as some grapefruit segments. She drizzles the salad with a vinaigrette dressing and the combo of the tart grapefruit, the creamy avocado and the vinaigrette is divine!!

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  101. I haven’t met an avocado that I did not like. I can eat them straight up by themselves although a good guac is my favorite. There is just something so clean and fresh about that avocado.

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  102. How could you not love an avocado even my girls and grandson ate them as babies and still love them to this day. Thsi Cookbook intrigues me very much :)

    I have an amazing easy Salsa recipe you make in a food processor if you ever want it jsut give me a shout.I am sure you have a fav. I am with you Salsa is a staple of mine too.

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  103. I love the Tableside Guacamole at our favorite Mexican restaurant! We ask them to put in lots of jalapenos, so it's super-hot, just the way we like it!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  104. Have been reading your blog for awhile after hearing stories about you and your cute kiddos (my sister is Kim...I think you call her Chumsie). I really enjoy your writing style, pictures, life lessons, love of food and books, and sense of humor!
    I have a love hate relationship with avacadoes. I love to eat them (on turkey burgers, made into hummus, guacamole, whatever!), but hate to cut them. I have a pretty gnarly scar between 2 fingers to prove it. Lesson learned: don't pit an avacado while holding it! This cookbook looks amazing and I'd love to get my hands on it!

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  105. I love avocados in guacamole, sliced on to a BLAT sandwich (bacon, lettuce, avocado & tomato), mashed up with a little salt and pepper on toast with a fried egg on top..... they are one of my favorite foods ! I so wish that I could grow an avocado tree, unfortunately they aren't very common in Southwest Ohio. This cookbook would be a great summer project...I could eat my way through it !

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  106. The Hubs is OBSESSED with avocados, so last night we invented a little sandwich with avocado as the star. Toasted ciabatta rolls, smoked salmon, goat cheese, avocado, tomato, and red onion. Super yummy, and somehow we managed to convince our picky 5 year old that smoked salmon tastes like bacon, and he bought it! Mom for the win!

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  107. Avocados on EVERYTHING!!!

    on top of chef salads

    on grown up grilled cheese- with bacon, "fancy" (cheese my kids won't eat), local tomato, warmed on the panini maker

    MY FAVORITE is my husband's guacamole with my fresh fried corn tortillas

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  108. Guacamole is my favorite! I'm a chips/salsa/guacamole girl.

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  109. I'm entering your giveaway because cookbooks are my thing! Anything with guacamole makes it my thingier! And I'm on a spending cleanse so I can't just grab it on amazon! I promise you I would cook from this book and love every second! It would, indeed, make my summer. :)

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  110. This cookbook sounds killer! I l o v e avocados, as do my children, though, I haven't decided if that's a good thing as I now have to share! I really like making a rice bowl with pork loin simmered in a mole sauce, black beans, sweet potato chunks, spinach and mango, all drizzled with a cilantro dressing and topped with chunks of avocado!

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  111. We heart guacamole, except my daughter calls it Guatemala! My hubby eats jalepenos like a daily vitamin--they prevent asthma symptoms for him. We NEED this cookbook, if only for that nacho recipe!

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  112. YUMMMM!!!! I love love all things tasty, especially the most delicious Mexican food!!! Avocados are such a treat and complete a meal:) I love adding them to salads, tacos, nachos, but my favorite is to add them to burrito bowls. You have to try this recipe:https://heather-kneisler-r3sz.squarespace.com/home/2012/8/13/slow-cooker-chipotle-lime-barbacoa.html (perfect combo of spices and deliciousness)!

    Last night we went to dollar taco night. Of course we had to get queso with our tacos:)

    Pick me! I'd love to try the recipes in your favorite cook book!!!

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  113. I just love guacamole. Any way you make it. Fresh, wholly guacamole, guacamole from the chip dip section-any way I can get it!!!! And salsa-oh! Just love it. Love it on everything! I could eat mexican food every day. Have to check out that cookbook!

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  114. I'd rather buy a cookbook than a novel...and read it while eating freshly-made guacanole wioth a pile of crunchy chips (or, really, anything that can scoop that fantastic stuff into my mouth).
    Would love on of those fab books!!!

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  115. My favourite application of avocado is a fresh chicken, avocado, lettuce and marscapone cheese on a fresh slab of lebanese bread. Sooo good. Where my husband and I used to live in Melbourne, Australia was right near a lebanese restaurant so we could get the bread still warm from the oven. Oh my goodness I just realised how much I missed that!

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  116. Last night I wasn't feeling well, and I was whining in bed about how hungry I was to my husband - really adorable, I know - but was too physically weak to get out of bed to make something. So when he went to take the dog out one last time before bed, he surprised me by coming back with a grilled cheese. A grilled cheese! Not just like, a piece of toast... but a beautiful, cheesy grilled cheese. It hit the spot and I went to sleep a happy, happy woman. :)

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  117. I have a bowl of avocados on the counter just waiting to be made into some holiday weekend guac. Woot woot!

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  118. Guac - all the way. We call it green gold in our house!

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  119. Eight years ago, I got into an argument with my husband while on vacation (I was pregnant and hungry and he wanted to nap instead of going for ice cream) so I walked down to the resort's waterside restaurant. There I sat, while digging my bare feet into the warm Key West sand, eating the most delicious spinach, shrimp, and avocado salad. There may have been a few other components to that salad but they were not as memorable.

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  120. Have you ever had an avocado milkshake? To. Die. For.

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  121. I need spicy food like a car needs gas. See what I did there?

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  122. When my sister lived in California, they had an avocado tree in their backyard that dropped the hugest, ripest avocados onto their yard. And she and her husband didn't even like avocados. CAN YOU BELIEVE THE INJUSTICE OF IT? I gathered them up like gold nuggets when I visited and pondered the cruelty of a wasted avocado tree.

    As far as foodie things, I totally get your menu-planning joy. I do the same thing. Excited to discover Gaby's stuff, as I haven't heard from her yet. I made two things from Smitten Kitchen this week - a carrot soup with roasted chickpeas and tahini on top and fried egg sandwiches with hot bacon dressing and blue cheese. My husband is a good sport and he plays along with my love of trying new flavors and combinations. Sometimes, though, I wonder if he is really thinking, "Carrot soup for dinner? Hmmm."

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  123. I made meatloaf for dinner last night but not just any meatloaf...TexMex! And not a scrap was left! Even Mac and Cheese becomes an exciting TexMex dish at our house. My favorite way to eat Avacado is fresh, just cut, in sandwiches, salads, or just as a snack, with a bit of sea salt. I keep trying to grow my own tree, but in Alaska, the tree just kept yelling at me about being cold!

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  124. One of my favorite things that has been simmered lately around here is the shredded beef crockpot recipe from your blog... oh my! So good! Also - Avocados... my favorite! Just add some fresh lime juice and sea salt and let it sit for a few minutes... then grab a spoon! So good! One of my friends lives in Africa and her hubby works with Avocado farmers and when they visited us he assured me that I have never eaten an Avocado in its prime. We just don't get them here at their best. (But he's working on changing that!)

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  125. well, I love avocados on everything, but I adore having guacamole or sliced avocados on a burger...red onion slices, frilly lettuce, good cheese...I'm hungry...

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  126. Avocados are my favorite. I love them on salad, in salads, on top of soup and even just plain with some sea salt. They are just perfect in every way. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  127. you had me at chorizo gravy guacamole...

    still votin' for the home girl from G'town!

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  128. Your salad looks absolutely fabulous. It motivated me to eat salad last night, but I got tired after work and just had a bagged salad. I'm planning on ddukbokki tonight to welcome my husband back from his business trip. I'm half Korean and he's embraced Korean food -- and he's from Indiana as well! We live in Arizona and are constantly surrounded by gorgeous avocados, but it gets old either making guacamole or adding them to a sandwich.

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  129. I JUST discovered, at 34, that I LOVE avocados! And I already knew I loved salsa. Your salsa recipe has been made in this house 10-15 times since you posted it. Sometimes, when we are out of tortilla chips and I know there is salsa still in the fridge, I consider eating it with a SPOON! :)

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  130. Tonight we are having B.L.T salads with avocado! So yummy!!

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  131. I LOVE avocados! My husband and I grill burgers and top them with guacamole, or just have an appetizer of chips and guac.

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  132. Last night I had a small fry and water from Hardees. Blech. I was with co-workers, and we were on our way home from a conference.

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  133. Last night I had a small fry and water from Hardees. Blech. I was with co-workers, and we were on our way home from a conference.

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  134. A cookbook dedicated to Avocados...yes, please.
    :)
    I actually follow her on pinterest and think everything she does is awesome.

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  135. seriously...a can of "spicy thai chili tuna" (do you have that in the U.S.?) poured over a sliced avocado is a regular lunch in my house!!!

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  136. So I live in a serious predicament, I am foodie but I don't like to cook. So i usually end up eating mediocre food and knowing just how mediocre it is :( But last night we went on a double date with some friends who are serious foodies when it comes to eating out and we went to a restaurant called Jayde Fuzion. Oh my goodness the best food I've ever had! Korean street tacos (beef that melted in your mouth :) grilled artichoke salad with garlic sesame dressing and radishes and honey walnut prawns. My mouth is watering just typing that out.

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  137. I love to eat/read about food too. It just makes me feel . . . right. I'm so engrossed in "Dinner: A Love Story" right now. I read it in the car while I'm waiting in the carpool line, and my stomach growls. My hubs and I have a particular weakness for avocados - and we're talking the Mexican/Cali version, not the Florida ones. Cooking. Reading. A hot cup o'coffee (or tea for you) or a glass of wine. These are things that make mish mashed life slide into place and hum along like all was meant to be.

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  138. I have made slow cooker cumin black beans for lunch every week for the last 3 weeks. I'm obsessed. And nothing tops them better than homemade guacamole. YUM!

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  139. I did not realize I was a foodie until I was in my forties! My kids think they got cheated, well except for the one that thinks life is all about velveeta Mac and cheese. And I just discovered avocados maybe a year ago.....now I cannot get enough of them. This book would be just the ticket for me. Thanks for the chance.

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  140. This cookbook sounds amazing! I love avocado anything!! Lately a quick snack has been to put some avocado on top of toasted bread, sprinkle with a little sea salt and top with some feta or goat cheese. Yum!

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  141. Avocados on butter lettuce with bacon, tomatoes, and chipotle ranch dressing is my favorite!

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  142. My version of guac is avocado, fresh cilantro, toasted pine nuts, some tomato, salt, lemon juice... so yummy. But I'd love to learn some more!

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  143. My favorite sandwich is avocado, bacon, baby shrimp and sprouts. It was on the menu of a restaurant I worked at a million years ago, and it was called the California 'Wich. Yum!

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  144. I am loving egg tortillas lately. I cut up some veggies and saute them, then add my egg to the pan and cook it up. I've been adding some avocado and salsa and putting it in a tortilla and devouring it. It's so easy and yummy and actual food which is crazy but when it's just me at home while the kids had been in school I am awful about making myself actual food for breakfast or lunch.

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  145. I am loving egg tortillas lately. I cut up some veggies and saute them, then add my egg to the pan and cook it up. I've been adding some avocado and salsa and putting it in a tortilla and devouring it. It's so easy and yummy and actual food which is crazy but when it's just me at home while the kids had been in school I am awful about making myself actual food for breakfast or lunch.

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  146. Avocados make ANYTHING better. Tortilla soup, BLT, salad, beef tacos, fish tacos....and about a ba-zillion other things. LOVE them...especially when they are on sale at Aldi for 69 cents!!

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  147. I love avocados. When feeding one of my babies, I've been known to dip a goldfish cracker into a halved avocado and eat some of those for lunch. But my favorites...homemade guac and black bean/avocado/corn/tomato summer dip. I get hungry just thinking about it!!

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  148. LOVE avocados and can't live without them. My teenage daughter discovered avocados and I couldn't be happier. Still working on my 10-year old boy though. Toasted sourdough baguette, spread ripe avocados, sea salt, black pepper, squeeze lemon juice on top and a dash of hot sauce. Best afternoon snack ever!

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  149. There ain't nothing wrong with a simple ripe avocado mashed in a bowl with some hot chili flakes, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Also amazing is avocado spread on toast with melted cheese on top. Brb while I raid my fridge. (Rafflecopter email used: sandyroo[at]live[dot]com )

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  150. Pick me!! Pick me!! After much patience and exposure I have finally won my 11 year old son over to the guac side. He was a hater...but hates no more. My daughter has always loved avacados...but that's cause she eats like a grown up. My husband loves avocados...obviously or that would have been a deal breaker. I have been following Gaby since you mentioned her in an earlier blog. Would LOVE the cookbook!! BTW...thanks for blogging. God uses your words to inspire. My husband and I joined an organization called "Safe Families for Children" and most of encouragement toward this ministry was the idea that "life is an adventure or it is nothing"...keep it up!

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  151. Just finished off the last of the guac we made for our tacos tonight! And since Aldi has avocados for WAY cheap, I need this cookbook!

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  152. Tuna with avocado instead of mayo, lime juice, tomatoes and onion, and a pinch of sea salt, on toasted Dave's killer bread. Perfection.

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  153. I work full time at an elementary school but I am such a foodie, a 'food pusher', really, that I actually also work on the weekends at a Grand Hotel on the NH Seacoast, for 'fun' so I can get my game on. I make an amazing lobster salad served in a puffed pastry ~ it contains lobster, avocado, minced shallot, finely diced red pepper, fresh cilantro, lots of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt. This is truly beyond delicious ~ served with a side of hand cut fresh potato chips.

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  154. I love avocado spread on a tortilla with tomato and turkey for lunch.

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  155. I haven't done anything with avocado lately but last night I made my home dry rub and used it some some chicken that I grilled up. It was so delish:)

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  156. Barefoot Contessa's avocado, bell pepper, tomato, lime salad is hand's down my favorite - or, really, anything with cilantro & lime. I can't get enough!

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  157. Oooh, I'd love to win this! I love spicy guac with chips or on a burger. Those fish tacos look SO GOOD.

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  158. That cookbook looks awesome! I just really love a good guacamole and chips. With fresh ingredients...tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, lime, salt...yum! Dinners have been a little boring around here lately...I am pregnant with my 4th babe, and I have been craving childhood food...think mac n cheese, tomato soup & grilled cheese, fish sticks, spaghetti, hot dogs...yikes!!! At least my kids are loving it, haha!

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