Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad

Another summer day, another cooked fruit salad! This is very similar to that roasted peach and sausage salad I made a couple of weeks ago. When I saw it featured as one of Food52′s genius recipes, I knew I had to make it. It really is genius to put avocado! watercress, pineapple and avocado salad from the kosher foodies

This was Shabbat dinner along with tacos and rice and beans. It was an interesting Friday night meal; interesting but delicious! This salad was the biggest hit. Continue reading

Summer Corn Soup

When you think summer, you definitely don’t think of eating hot soup, but I was looking for a new way to eat all of the corn I’ve been enjoying this season, because you can only eat so much corn salad, and this corn soup is definitely a nice, fresh summer soup!

You may also think it’s weird to eat avocado in a soup, or warm avocado in general (even though jessica eats baked avocado) but it actually works really well. you don’t actually cook it, and the creamy texture with the brothy soup, the crunch of the corn, and the crispy tortillas are an awesome combination!

You can make this with chicken stock, too, but I had some homemade vegetable broth in my freezer. I really don’t like the boxed kind, so I always try to have some stocked (heh) away. Instead of throwing away the ears of corn after cutting off the kernels, I simmering them in the soup; not really necessary, but it adds nice depth of flavor.

Did I mention how easy this is to make? Because the hardest part is figuring out how to get the corn to not fly all over the place when you’re cutting it. And it takes maybe 20 minutes from start to finish, including the chopping and dicing. So there!

Summer Corn Soup from Ruhlman

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, small diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked hot paprika or ground chipotle, or more to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 quart homemade vegetable broth
  • 1 plum tomato, diced
  • kernels from 2 ears of corn (keep the ears)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • lime juice to taste
  • 2 avocados, large dice
  • 3 corn tortillas, baked crispy
  • cilantro to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil in a large pot over low heat. Add salt and spices.
  2. When the onion is translucent, add the broth—and, if you want extra corny flavor, the ears of corn —and bring it to a simmer.
  3. Add the tomatoes and kernels,  bring back to a simmer, and that’s it! Soup is ready to eat, it just needs some dressing up. Oh, discard the whole corn ears, too.
  4. Serve soup in bowls (duh) with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, garnished with diced avocados, tortillas and cilantro.

Guacamole

Guacamole is one of those those ever-adaptable foods that everyone loves. Jessica and I aren’t big tomato fans, so we leave those out of our guac; sometimes we add red pepper instead, for the color. Sometimes I don’t have any jalapenos, so I put some cayenne pepper for spice. You get the idea.

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Guest Post: Avocado and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Please welcome the lovely Leat, who turns 24 today, as we share a delicious sandwich whose ingredients we never thought of combining. Happy birthday, Leat!

I usually get one of two responses when I tell people about my favorite breakfast sandwich: “well I like cream cheese, and I do like avocados,” implying that they are game to try said sandwich, or a confused look, implying that they are confused by said sandwich. The only reasons not to try this deliciousness would be because you either hate avocados (fie!) or cream cheese (more understandable). Continue reading