Today is Avocado Day and what can you make with avocados – guacamole. The lime juice and Serrano peppers give this guacamole a little kick.
2 ripe avocados
½ tsp. Kosher salt
2 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
2-4 Tbsp. Minced red onion
2 Serrano peppers, seeded & minced
2 Tbsp. Cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
½ ripe tomato, chopped
Slice avocados in half and remove seed. Using a spoon, scoop flesh into a medium bowl. Roughly mash with a fork. Stir in salt, lime juice, onion, peppers and cilantro. Season to taste with black pepper.
Refrigerate, covered until ready to serve. Stir in chopped tomato and adjust seasons if desired.
Happy Easter and welcome to Eggs Benedict Day. I found this recipe from Martha Stewart Living and found it to be tasty and unique. Enjoy this as brunch any weekend. (You can half the recipe if there are only 2 of you.)
3 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 large egg yolks, plus 4 whole eggs
6 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
Salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. White vinegar
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
2 English muffins,split
8 oz. Jumbo lump crab meat
1 tsp. Minced fresh tarragon
Whisk together lemon juice, Dijon, egg yolks and 3 tablespoons water in a heatproof bowl. Brown butter in a saucepan. Very slowly drizzle into lemon mixture, whisking constantly, then season with salt and pepper. Return to saucepan; set aside.
Bring 1 inch water and vinegar to a simmer in a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Meanwhile, mash avocado in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Toast muffins (I used keto bread slices) and spread avocado onto split sides;
top with crab.
Gently crack eggs into simmering water. Simmer until whites are set but yolks are still runny, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon, let drain 30 seconds then place atop crab.
Warm Hollandaise over low, whisking constantly (do not let boil), until thickened slightly and heated through, 1 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in tarragon and spoon evenly over eggs. Serve immediately.
I used to love watching bug bunny and Elmer Fudd. Today is National Bugs Bunny Day. Below is a small clip of Bugs Bunny. Enjoy!
** Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) and voiced originally by the “Man of a Thousand Voices,” Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros. during the golden age of American animation. His popularity during this era led to his becoming an American cultural icon, as well as a corporate mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Bugs is an anthropomorphic gray hare or rabbit who is famous for his flippant, insouciant personality; a pronounced New York accent; his portrayal as a trickster; and his catch phrase “Eh… What’s up, doc?”, usually said while chewing a carrot. Though a similar rabbit character began appearing in the Warner Bros. cartoon shorts during the late 1930s, the definitive character of Bugs Bunny is widely credited to have made his debut in director Tex Avery’s Oscar-nominated film A Wild Hare (1940).
Since his debut, Bugs has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides and commercials. He has also appeared in more films than any other cartoon character,[ is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world, and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2 eggs, beaten
Salt & pepper
¼ c. Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
¼ avocado, diced
Salsa, sour cream & cilantro, if desired garnish
Spray a small non-stick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat.
Season beaten eggs with salt and pepper, then pour into skillet. Quickly tilt the pan to cover with egg. Using a spatula, lift the edges of the egg and tilt the pan to allow uncooked egg to flow around the pan. Continue lifting the edges and tilting the pan until the omelet is set but still moist, about 2 minutes.
Place the cheese, bacon and avocado on one side of the omelet. Fold over to cover the fillings. Cook 1 minutes. Gently slide onto serving plate. Garnish with salsa, sour cream and cilantro, then serve.
Sesame Shrimp Hearts
1 lb. Large shrimp, peeled & deveined
10 tbsp. Butter, divided
1 tbsp. Grated fresh ginger
4 tsp. Fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Orange juice
¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Sesame seeds, toasted
1/3 c. strawberry jelly
2 tsp. White wine vinegar
1 tsp. Hot pepper sauce
1 medium avocaco, peeled & sliced
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice down back of shrimp, almost completely through with small knife. Gently spread and flatten. Arrange shrimp cut-side up on lightly greased baking sheet; set aside.
Melt 6 tablespoons butter in 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, then stir in ginger, citrus juices, salt & pepper. Evenly spoon sauce over shrimp then sprinkler with sesame seeds. Bake 5 minutes or until shrimp turns pink.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 4 tablespoons butter, jelly, vinegar and hot pepper sauce in 1-quart saucepan over medim-low heat, stirring frequently until jelly is melted. Strain, if desired. Arrange shrimp in heart shapes on sliced avocado and drizzle with sauce to serve.
Lady in Red
Combine 3 oz. chilled Ruby Red Grapefruit juice and 2 oz. well chilled Cook’s champagne in champagne flutes. Enjoy!!
What is your plan for Valentine’s Day this year? As I am on a budget, it is important to find something special to do for my sweetheart that won’t break the bank. I remember several years ago, my son was still living at home and we had recently moved to California. As you can imagine, funds were tight but I still wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day.
On my way home from work, I stopped and picked up fast food, I think it was chicken. I also stopped and picked up two videos, one for my son and one that my husband had been wanting to see. I made a small bag of goodies for my son. My theory was that if he was occupied, me and my sweetie could have a little privacy. When I got home, my plan went into action and it was a wonderful and inexpensive Valentine’s Day.
As I always have some holiday décor around the house (I’ll have to do a blog about holiday decorations and reusing them), I will pull out my heart candle holders and Valentine’s napkins to make it a special occasion.
Sometimes you have to do a holiday dinner on a day that works with schedules. This year Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday and my husband is out of town that day. This means I will be having a special dinner and movie on Sunday. This year I’m thinking of starting with Avocado & Shrimp Hearts* as an appetizer and a special drink called Lady in Red*. We will have steak for dinner (if it is on sale) as that is one of my husband’s favorite meals. No matter what the main course it will be accompanied with baked potatoes and a salad. This will be served with candles for that festive feel.
*Recipes will follow