Guacamole is so versatile! Everyone can make it their own way and it doesn’t take a lot. Add more of what you like and don’t be afraid to play around with it. Once you make it a few times, you’ll eventually find your favorite combination.
I like a lot of cilantro and lime juice in mine! The cilantro adds a dash of freshness to it and the lime juice really makes it for me and pulls all the flavors together.
If you’re not making homemade guacamole you need to start! This is the best thing you can make at home because you can control the portions of the ingredients that you put into it.
When I’m craving guacamole all I’m wanting is my homemade guacamole. Once you start making your own, that’s all you’ll be wanting all summer long.
How do you guys like to make guacamole? What other ingredients do you use that I have not mentioned?
- 2 avocados, peeled
- ½ a red onion, diced
- 1 cup cilantro, diced or torn
- 2 small jalapeno’s, diced
- 1 medium sized tomato, diced
- 3 large juicy limes, squeezed
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 bag of your favorite tortilla chips
1) Add everything into one big bowl.
2) Pour the lime juice in and don’t be afraid to get in and get messy.
3) Pour guacamole into a smaller bowl and serve immediately with tortilla chips.
Molly Siegler is the Culinary Content Editor at Whole Foods Market, where she puts her knowledge and love of food to work by coordinating the creation of editorial culinary content like recipes for the website, email newsletter campaigns, social media channels and more.
I sat down with Molly last week to see how she’s lovin’ this city and all the things that come along with it.
Mary: Where are you from?
Molly: Winfield, Kansas
Mary: When did you move to Austin?
Molly: January 2013
Mary: What brought you to Austin?
Molly: I was blogging for Food52 and through that I got an offer at Whole Foods.
Mary: What do you do as the Culinary Content Editor at Whole Foods?
Molly: I primarily direct recipe development, do different promotions for recipes, and I edit and publish the Whole Foods Market newsletter. We’re already working on holiday stuff!
Mary: You have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. What made you want to go to culinary school?
Molly: I realized food issues in college and I was interested more about the people and not just the food. I love providing recipes for customers so I’m glad that’s what I get to do.
Mary: What was food life like at home for you?
Molly: We all cooked together and ate together. It’s not like my mom just cooked and we all came home and ate. We all helped and were a part of the process.
Mary: What is your favorite place to eat in Austin?
Mary: What are your favorite things to do in Austin?
Molly: Lady Bird Lake and really anything outdoorsy.
Mary: What suggestions do you have for people who want to get into the editorial aspect of the food industry?
Molly: Read as much as possible. Read tons of blogs and cookbooks. Get familiar with what’s already out there and the writing opportunities that are available. Know your grammer and writing conventions.
Mary: Do you have any pets?
Molly: Yes, I have 4 rescue cats. My goal is to start volunteering regularly with Austin Pets Alive.
What’s not to love about Molly? She’s a chef who gets to share recipes with the world at Whole Foods Market and she loves animals! Molly seems to be adjusting just fine in Austin, Texas with her new job, husband and 4 cats. It seems like this is the perfect place for her since she’s a foodie, has pets and loves the outdoors. Only time will tell all the exciting things that the future holds for Molly as she starts the next chapter in her life.
Chloe Chiang is a 2011 UT graduate who has been in real estate for four years now and loves every minute of her job and the city that she lives in. Last week I sat down with Chloe to ask her a few questions about Austin, TX and real estate, two of her favorite things!
Mary: Where are you from?
Chloe: Born and raised in the Houston Texas area in Missouri City.
Mary: Why real estate?
Chloe: I enjoy all the different aspects of real estate. I never get bored and I’m always learning something new. It’s about being educated about everything in the city and around you. Plus, I’m my own boss. I don’t have any one telling me where to be or what to wear. I have a lot of freedom being a real estate agent. I set my own goals, not some company goal.
Mary: What are some of your favorite places to eat in Austin?
Chloe: Uchi, Uchiko, Food Heads, Eddie V’s and Ramen Tatsu.
Mary: What are you favorite things to do in Austin?
Chloe: I like going to the lake, music festivals, relaxing, watching TV series, working out, hanging out with my dog and happy hours.
Mary: What’s the one place you would like to visit if you could go anywhere in the world?
Chloe: Thailand! I hear the beaches and food there are amazing.
Mary: Do you have any pets?
Chloe: I have a 10lb maltipoo named Mia Bella.
Mary: What suggestions do you have for people who would like to get into real estate?
Chloe: Do your research. Pick a real estate company and interview multiple of them. Make sure the one you pick is the right one for you. They need to be good mentors and support you through all the steps that you take.
Who? Tara Miko
What? Happy Hemp
Where? HOPE Farmers Market and SFC Farmers Market Downtown
Why? Tara worked in the fashion industry in a super stressful job and eventually got laid off after 10 years. She lost her health insurance and all the comfort that comes along with being employed. After this happened she became stressed out, wasn’t happy and noticed she was having lots of digestion problems. One day she heard about hemp and decided to try it (she was skeptical just like anyone would be) and liked it. She became obsessed by it because it was so hard to get in the U.S. One day she tried some hemp from Canada and noticed that it tasted much better and the flavor was a lot richer. Voila! Happy Hemp was born!
What’s hemp? It’s a super food that is rich in vitamins and essential amino acids. It promotes healthy hair, nails, skin, sleep, is a digestive aid, and just overall promotes well being. Oh yeah and it’s gluten-free, vegan, and certified organic so you can check that off your list. Check! Tara already did that for you.
How do I eat hemp seeds? Just sprinkle Happy Hemp on any food, in drinks or eat it as is and get your dosage of goodness and yummy for the day.
Where can I get some? Happy Hemp sells at SFC Famers Market Downtown Austin on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, HOPE Farmers Market on Sundays from 11am-3pm and various other health food store locations around town. If you can’t make it on the weekends Tiny Taiga sells Happy Hemp during the week.
Make sure you check out Happy Hemp, like them on FB, and follow them on Twitter!
Who? Blake Shanley
What? Tiny Taiga
Where? 1200 E. 11th Street, #106, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Blake has studied nutrition and holistic therapies since she was 18 years old and always wanted to share that with people. Her love for all things healthy led her to open up her own shop where she can help people in finding what they’re looking for. She was also a real estate broker at The East Village so having been involved in the community through real estate it made perfect sense for her to choose this location for Tiny Taiga.
Tiny Taiga carries superfoods, teas, tonics, tinctures, essential oils, herbs, all natural body care, minerals, books, and gifts. It’s a mini feel good wonderland. Go and explore for yourself and meet the magical shoppe keeper who will help you find your remedy. Blake’s already done all the work for you so you don’t have to worry about that part. Go and discover, grab a book and sit by the fire, look at the paintings, smell and test some of the essential oils, and taste the teas. Don’t forget to spread the love and let all the good people around you know about Tiny Taiga because they deserve it too. Stop by and say hi! Check out Tiny Taiga on the web and like on FB!
Who? Sonya Cote and son Thorne
What? Hillside Farmacy
Where? 1209 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78702
Why? When East Side Showroom, a restaurant, opened up years ago, the owner Miki and Sonya, the opening chef at the time met. They realized they always wanted a deli, saw this space and thought it would be perfect.
Hillside Farmacy has had great success in that it’s only been open less than a year and they’re doing really well. Not to mention, Sonya, the owner and also the head chef has been recognized by multiple publications locally and nationally. However, she doesn’t let any of that get to her and she’s super sweet and humble. They serve everything from sandwiches, salads and soups to many other unique dishes. Next time you’re craving creative pairings of food, that you won’t find anywhere else around town, try this!
Who? LaValle Twibell
What? The Purple Bean Café
When? August 2010
Where? 1104 East 11th Street, Austin, TX
Why? LaValle always wanted to have a small restaurant and never had the time to do it. Her favorite color is purple and she needed to tie it in with coffee so The Purple Bean Café was born.
The Purple Bean Café was started by LaValle and her family in a small 12ft trailer. In just 6 months they out grew the little trailer and expanded to a bright yellow 30 footer. Then they out grew that. Now they’re located inside the Victory Grill. They serve sandwiches, coffee and baked goods. Check them out below!
Who? Michael Freid
What? East Side Pies
When? Started in March 2006.
Where? 1401 B Rosewood Ave. Austin, TX 78702
Why? Because he and his partner decided that it would be a good idea to open the only pizza place that delivered on the east side at the time. Michael himself is a baker so it only seemed natural. “We deliver pizza, that’s what we do” is their thing and Michael stands firmly behind that.
This was my first stop on the east side but it certainly will not be the last time I go back to this place. He loaded me up with pizza slices and I was stuffed by the time we were done with the interview. They grow their own spices right outside and he buys his ingredients all from local farms. They also recycle as much as they can. He is definitely doing something right. Michael is such a nice guy and I only hope I come across friendly, warm-hearted and just all around really good people for the rest of my stops on my journey.
One more thing…don’t forget to find them at all the places below!
Who? Willy Pearce
What? Way South Philly: Food Trailer
When? April 2011
Where? 1104 East 6th St. Austin, TX 78702
Why? Because Willy was in the restaurant business for 13 years prior to this and wanted to do his own thing. Also he’s from Philadelphia and thought “Austin needed a truly authentic cheese steak” and he knew he could deliver.
Their bread is shipped straight from Philadelphia and you can tell! A traditional south philly cheesesteak has cheez whiz on it so that’s a super popular one but Willy also has all the other cheeses too. The South Philly “food trailer” is all rocky themed and the sandwiches are all named after rocky characters. How fun!
Don’t forget to find them below!