Last night, Alexi and I were discussing a friend. I asked about her nationality, then quickly corrected myself; I meant ethnicity. He responded, "She's from Texas." He hadn't heard my correction. Speaking as someone originally from Texas, I believe many Texans and those who know them would agree you could safely say it's an ethnicity.
Which leads me to the upcoming Super Bowl. I'm not a football fan, and I don't enjoy televised sports in general. When I was single, it was something I paid attention to in those I dated. I didn't want to be married to someone who spent a lot of time in front of the television, like my Texan, football-loving dad did throughout my childhood.
That said, I do enjoy the Super Bowl as an excuse to relax, eat snacks, and feel like I'm part of something so many others are watching, too. My mother usually made a seven layer dip for the occasion; something like this one. There won't be any seven layer dip here on Sunday, but undoubtedly we'll have guacamole and chips. I've experimented with making it a number of ways; this is what has evolved as our favorite combination.
2 firm-ripe Hass avocados
2 tablespoons minced white onion
3 tablespoons cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Cut each avocado in half, and remove the pits. Score the avocado, scoop it into a mixing bowl and mash gently with a fork until chunky smooth. Stir in the onion and cilantro. Cut the lime in half and squeeze in the juice. Season with salt to taste. Serve immediately, or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.