August 06, 2012

Guacamole and Spanakopeta

I can hardly believe how fast the time went from the morning I received my Secret Recipe Club assignment - until this morning!  Fortunately, I had opportunity the very morning I received my assignment, to make a recipe!  I also was able to squeeze a second recipe in this month.  Thankfully this all happened a couple of weeks ago and the only thing I am guilty of right now is procrastinating the writing of this post.  Yes, even I procrastinate.  If my son Christopher is reading this right now, I guarantee he is smiling.
When I received my assignment, I immediately went through the different courses.  Chis and Rachel, husband and wife and co-authors of The Keenan Cookbook have some great recipes on their site.  I didn't have too hard of a time choosing what to make because before I found the recipes on their site, I had already planned to make those very items in the near future anyway!  This is why I was so prepared the morning I received my assignment as I already had the ingredients for a guacamole and went with Chris and Rachel's Easy Guacamole recipe!  It was a definite treat for me and I got to consume it all by myself because Grumpy won't touch an avocado.  His loss I say!  I had this on some bean burritos I made for my work lunch as well as as a snack with a few Scoops chips to fend off hunger until dinner was ready
Then, a week later, I went ahead and made Spanakopeta.  I've been wanting to make this for a while now but just hadn't gotten around to it.  No better time than now since I was joined with Chris and Rachel and they had a recipe for it on their blog.  I absolutely love this stuff.  I basically made the Spanakopeta the way Chris and Rachel did however I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese and grated a little fresh nutmeg into the spinach filling.  I think next time I would saute some onion and garlic to go in the filling also.  In any case, I loved the buttery crispy phyllo dough with the cheesy filling!

I made slight changes to the guacamole also because I am very much a spicy girl.  I need my heat.  I love my heat!  I added some jalapeno to give it the kick I felt it needed to suit me.  Love. This. Stuff.  Yes, I could eat a whole recipe of this everyday of my life and be happy.

Chris and Rachel have a great blog with a lot of recipes.  I love the way Chris writes (he is the one who writes most of the posts).  He has a way of making you want to keep reading and not just because of his food but because of the stories incorporated into his posts.  If you haven't been to their little home on the internet, please do go visit them!

I will leave you with my version of their guacamole but will let you head over to their blog for the Spanakopeta and all the other yumminess over there!

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Fresh and Delicious Guacamole
a delicious blend of avocado with jalapenos, fresh cumin, tomatoes and onions jazzed up with fresh lime juice
  • 1 avocado, pitted, scooped and mashed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small plum tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Mash avocado and mix with lime juice.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Store in refrigerator.  
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1-1/2 cups guacamole


Lesa @Edesias Notebook said...

Great choices, Shelby. They both look amazing.

Chaya said...

My husband is also not a fan of avocado and I always look at it as more for me. Glad to see you take advantage also. I haven't yet spiced up my guacamole that much but it sounds like a wise choice.

Erica said...

Too funny- my husband used to not like avocados and I've recently been able to get him to eat Guacamole! Great pick. Loved making your recipe :)

Megan's Cookin' said...

I love guacamole but dont make it enough. Great pick!

Coleens Recipes said...

Your photos of guacamole are mouth watering!!! I've never eaten or cooked spanakopeta (didn't even know what it was haha).

Tawcan said...

I'm usually not a fan of avocado but I can't say no to guacamole. Weird eh?

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