It Must Be Hereditary

I think I get it from my Dad. He loved to spin a tale. My heaven’s that man could tell a story and I never, not once, got bored or tired of hearing them. So in a way, my missives here are in no small part an homage to Pop.

Now Mom was the cook in the family. Dad not so much. Dad usually only cooked when Mom was out of town. It was only when we got older that we realized that Dad was really just doing his best to make sure we didn’t starve while Mom was gone. I have to give credit where credit is due. Pop made a pretty mean fried rice on “Day 1.”

“Day 2” was where things got a bit sketchy. That’s when “Slam Stew” arrived. For the uninitiated “Slam Stew” consists of Day 1’s leftover fried rice poured in a pot, he typically made enough fried rice to feed a hungry battalion, and boiled with whatever wasn’t nailed down in the kitchen. There quite possibly may have been a few things that were nailed down if not nailed too tightly. Oh, and it also had to have okra, tomatoes, and hot dog slices. Say what you like but we didn’t starve. And if our collective palettes may have been irreparably damaged? Well we can hardly tell.

All this is to say, you’ll be happy to know that this weeks recipe comes straight from Mom’s kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, Dad would have loved it. In my 52 years upon this planet, I can only recall a single bad meal my mother ever made. It involved pre-packaged breaded shrimp. However my psychiatrist, and more important my mother, say, “I’m not to speak of it.”


What You Need:

1  – Jar – Buckaroo Whizzer (Drained)
2 – Tomatoes (Medium sized and diced chunky)
3 – Green Onions (Diced)
1 – Bell Pepper (De-seeded and Diced)
1 – Large Ripe Avocado (Peeled and diced chunky)
1 – Jalapeño (De-seeded and chopped fine)
4 – TBLS Italian Salad Dressing
1 – TBL White Vinegar
Juice from 1 Large Lime

What You Do:

1) Hands people, wash your hands. (Is this joke getting old yet?)

2) In a large bowl combine everything but your avocado and lime juice. Fold gently together until thoroughly combined

3) Add Avacodo and Lime Juice and gently toss together. Salt to taste

4) Let rest in the refrigerator for 1/2 an hour before serving. Great with tortilla chips, poured over cream cheese with Tricuits, or served on a bed of romaine lettuce for a tasty salad.

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