Friday, April 5, 2013

Ina Fridays -- Appetizers -- Guacamole

Thus begins a fun group blogging effort devoted to the recipes of Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, Food Network star, best-selling cookbook author, loving wife of Jeffrey, and all around bon vivant!   While Ina probably needs little introduction in the United States, here is a brief biography just in case.
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For recipes, information about Ina, her books (including an index) and shows, visit Ina's website.  

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The first Friday of every month,  each one of the tasty bloggers in our tribe (scroll down for list)  will blog one course using an Ina recipe.  A few bloggers are really interested in French recipes and may lean in that direction.   Each food blog will feature a different recipe, though duplications are occasionally possible and would be interesting!   We have an amazing gang of cook-writers lined up for April and a few more joining us the first Friday in May due to previous commitments.

Interested in being part of our group? Please email me at  We also include a linky at the end of the post.  We'd love to have you.  This is an open-ended commitment.  Here's the schedule:

  • Appetizers:  April
  • Salads, Soups, Sides:  May
  • Main Courses:  June
  • Desserts/Other:  July
  • Appetizers:  August   (repeat...)


Click to see what the other writers are cooking:

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ina garten's guacamole    makes 3 cups  

 I like both!

(My changes are in green and parentheses.)
4 ripe Haas avocados
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)  (Lemon and lime)
8 dashes hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded, and small-diced
(1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro)
(Optional:  2 slices bacon, crispy fried and crumbled) 


Cut the avocados in 1/2, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl. (I use my hands.) (I use a rubber spatula.) Immediately add the lemon juice (and lime juice, if using), hot pepper sauce, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced. Add the tomatoes ( +cilantro and bacon, if using.) Mix well and taste for salt and pepper (and hot sauce.)

(Serve guac with tortilla chips, crackers, on grilled sliced baguette, in taco, chicken, or green salads, on turkey and cheese sandwiches, on/in tomato omelets, with rice and beans,  as a dip for fresh vegetables, or on its own for a snack.)

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If you liked this, you might also like:

Ina's Roasted Shrimp on More Time

Alyce's Chicken-Guac Salad on More Time


 Sing a  new song,

Please link only INA FRIDAYS recipes...  Thanks!


  1. Thank you Alyce for making me a part of this group. I loved doing this blog hop and looking forward to the next one already. Love the Guacamole perfect with some Nachos.

    1. @Just a girl... It's all good. Can't wait til the next one!

  2. I can't wait to start exploring Ina's recipes next month. Guacamole is one of my favorite snacks, but some just don't have the taste I'm looking for. This one sounds great. Can't wait to try it!

    1. @Linda I'll look forward to May with YOU blogging, too. Happy Friday:)

  3. Alyce, this is a wonderful idea and I already, love the group and look forward to next month, when the other members will also post.

    We have a great minds thing, since we both chose guacamole, which is delicious. A wonderful way to start. Thanks for organizing this.

  4. I always make a batch of this when the kids are home. We all love it. Thanks again for organizing this, Alyce. It's going to be fun.

  5. What a great idea! Ina is my all time favorite cookbook author...

  6. @Barbara I'm away from "home"--at our Colorado house, so kind of had to punt while traveling to get this done. It is going to be fun.
    @RM Woman: I'll stop by your blog, but--hey, join us anytime. Even for a day. Just click on the linky at the bottom of the post and add yours... Happy Friday:)

  7. I almost almost made this, but then decided to make the shrimp. I am enjoying this group so much!

  8. Alyce,
    I'm so glad you had the idea to get this group going. I know it's going to be great! I'll tweak my post next time to direct people to to for the group. Technically, I was having some difficulties this week.

  9. Alyce, your guacamole looks delicious. Looks like the Ina Fridays group is off to a great start. Look forward to joining with you in May.

  10. @Ansh, Mireya, Martha: Thanks. So far so good! Looking forward to May. (I just got home from "spring break." Sorry for delay in responding.)


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