Friday, February 3, 2012
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. My dad loves football and watches it as often as he can. He comes by it honestly; he's a Texan, and Texans love football. His mother was the same way (probably his father, too, but he died before I got to know him), perhaps even more so, as she also attended every one of her town's high school games. I remember Super Bowl Sunday when I was as a kid. There was always an excited rush to get home from church and get settled before it started. (We lived in Alaska from the time I was seven. Remember, Alaska used to be five hours behind east coast time, so it started early in the afternoon then.)
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, 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 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 juice to taste (I usually use half a lime). Season with salt. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve immediately.