LUCY BURDETTE: So, confession. I really can't be on a writing deadline and cook up marvelous things at the same time. But we wanted to invite some pals over whom we hadn't seen in a while.
We settled for drinks, because I simply did not have time to make dinner. But I had to serve something to nibble on. And sometimes a chunk of cheese with crackers lacks that certain panache. It can say to your guests: We couldn't be bothered...
Guacamole, on the other hand, says: We're glad to see you!
And the only thing hard about it is remembering to buy the avocados a few days ahead so they have time to ripen.
1 ripe tomato
dash of good olive oil
1/2 lemon or lime
dashes of Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste
Peel the avocados and spoon the flesh into a bowl. Chop the scallions and the tomato and add them to the bowl. Squeeze the lemon or lime over the top, add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce plus salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil. If you're a fan of cilantro and you have some around, you may also chop that and add it to the other ingredients. Mash everything together until well combined though still a little chunky.
Serve with cucumber slices, Stacy's pita chips, or blue cornmeal chips. Should you have leftovers or if you're not serving right away, nestle one of the pits into the guacamole--this keeps the dip from turning brown!
Lucy is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries, available wherever books are sold! MURDER WITH GANACHE will be out in February but you can preorder now. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.