Archive for July, 2011

The Best Guacamole. Ever.

Last night, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with my good friends Julie and Matthew. They are a headed off to Belgium on a 6pm flight tonight for a few years of work and for their final night in the states, we decided to grab the best table in the house downtown at Rosa Mexicana. For those of you who have dined at this establishment (either here in DC or at another location), you know how damn delicious their guacamole tastes. I’m typically a queso-slurping chip-crunching person who tends to stuff my face with every last dribble of queso before barely being able to start on my main entree (always has and always will be a beef taco fan). Ole! But last night, I could have died for some of their crowd-pleasing gaucamole.

That is, until I realized I can make it at home. It’s an experience to have a server comes to your table with a cart full of fresh ingredients and prepare the guacamole in the traditional molcajete, a Mexican version of the mortar and pestle. But with the right ingredients and instructions, it can be yours tonight, wherever you are, right in your kitchen. Here’s the recipe!

rosa mexicana ingrediente

Rosa Mexicano’s Guacamole Dip
From Rosa Mexicano Recipes
Makes 4 servings

Chile Paste Ingredients
1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
1 firmly packed tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño, or more to taste
1 teaspoon salt, or as needed
Squeeze of lime juice, optional (I added this for a little citrus zest)

Additional Ingredients
3 tablespoons diced tomato
2 firmly packed tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
Salt if necessary
Tortilla chips and/or fresh corn tortillas

Make the chile paste:  Grind the onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and salt together in a molcajete until all the ingredients are very finely ground.  Alternatively, use a fork to mash all the ingredients to a paste in a wide hardwood bowl.

Cut each avocado in half, working the knife blade around the pit.  Twist the halves to separate them and flick out the pit with the tip of the knife.  Fold a kitchen towel in quarters and hold it in the palm of your “non-knife” hand.  Rest an avocado half cut side up in your palm and make 3 or 4 evenly spaced lengthwise cuts through the avocado flesh down to the skin, without cutting through it. Make 4 crosswise cuts in the same way.  Scoop the diced avocado flesh into the molcajete/bowl.  Repeat with the remaining avocado halves.

Tortoise and the Hair.

I just scored a brand new Scriptmaster II Tortoise shell ballpoint pen off of eBay. Thank you seller! I don’t know what it is, but I have always had a fascination with the faux tortoise ‘shell’- that blended blurry combination of lucid plastic or resin in colors of gold, brown and black. Be it hair barrettes as a kid, wristwatches (I still want that Michael Kors number), sunglass fames (love the tortoise Marc Jacobs until I lost them in the Potomac River last summer on a paddle board), and yes, pens. I just opened the box and I’m a kid in a candy pen store. It’s heavy in the hand, writes extremely well, and will look oh so smart at client meetings.

My favorite new pen obsession.

My favorite new pen obsession.

Jeff, thank you for the same pen in fountain format that you gave me last Christmas. I had to trade in the foundation for the on-the-go rollerball in black ink. It was lovely. And I made um, oh, $50 off of the switch. A gift that kept on giving. And flowing.

Anti-Theft Device for Your Food.

I got a kick out of this… it actually took me a moment to see what “was” the actual anti-theft device. Aha! Anti-theft Lunch Bags are sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Get your peanut butter and jelly protection at Perpetual Kid.

anti theft lunchbags

Punctuation Illumination.

For those of you that could not get those tenses right, or put the apostrophe in the right place. Or like me, love the use of a comma. Edit your interior space with a few exclamation points.. or ampersands, or pound signs. In the mood to win the lottery? Light up your night with the dollar sign. These illuminated punctuation mark lamps by typographic French designer Tabisso include over 20 marks, set in standard black or white color. Just like your 7th grade book report… with all of the typos. School’s almost back IN! Exclamation that!

punctuation illumination lamps

punctuation illumination lamps

OMG. I’m Back from Forever and Ever Land.

Hello DCDesignCoop fans and readers. I just realized that this blog had been on quite the vacation. It’s been well over a month and this girl is back in the saddle with her regular posts. I’d like to be able to say I was on a fantastic yacht traveling the clear blue waters of the world in far off and out of touch with technology locations. Well, no. That’s certainly not true. What is as close to the truth as one can get is that I have in fact been so darn connected with technology that my eyes are permanently stinging from looking at numerous emails, websites, clipping magazines, and peeling through presentations for wonderful new clients. I have very much in fact been SO BUSY with work, that I have found zero minutes to give attention to this blog. Which is a good thing for my own design business. So, I hope to remain as busy or even busier with creativity and happy homeowners. But I’ve caught my breath and have carved out some time this week to share with you the awesome content that gets some heavy searches each day.

Stay tuned. Stay cool. Stay busy. xo


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