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“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.”
-C. Day Lewis

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Guacamole is basically mashed avocados that began with the Aztecs in Mexico. No one said copious amounts of it are good for you, but God, it’s good. Especially after a long day in salt water and sun. Pick the ripest avocados you can and use the freshest cilantro, tomatoes, and limes when you’re looking for something to mimic a summery cantina style guacamole.

Cantina-Style Guacamole // serves 6

3 large Haas avocados, halved and pitted
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 green onions, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red chile pepper, diced
Juice of two limes
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, mash avocado. (Use a mortar and pestle if you have one.) Add lime juice, cumin, salt and blend. Fold in tomatoes, red onion, green onion, garlic, chile pepper, and cilantro until combined. Serve with tortilla chips and chilled beer.

xo,

“Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy she’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet.” – Desperado, Eagles

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Among the many great experiences I’ve had, none was odder than my turn, this past week, as a spectator at the U.S. Open Golf Championship. I am unspeakably bad at golf and the game itself frustrates me to no end, and so I now consider myself cured of any desire to be an LPGA champion. I should also think that my discussions with other viewers about cigars and fly fishing the flats of South Carolina for red fish cured them as well. However, I can drink beer while driving a golf cart, which often comes in handy when I’m on the green with friends.

This salad is sweet and full of flavor, and you can tailor the heat to your own liking, adjusting as you go along. Fresh corn is pretty foolproof, serve it to anyone who loves the taste of summer with a good rosé wine.

A Simple Summer Salad of Sweet Corn & Radishes // serves 6-8
adapted from Nick Fauchald of Food & Wine

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 small jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears)
6 medium radishes, halved and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup arugula or rocket

In a blender, puree the lime juice, jalapeño, honey and cumin. With the machine on, add the oil. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, toss the corn with the radishes, parsley, red onion, arugula, and dressing. Season the salad with salt and pepper, transfer to plates and serve.

“It is only we when we decide ‘ordinary’ is an insult that we become the exquisite miracles we were born to be.” ~Tyler Knott Gregson

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Summer’s here!

What better way to kick-start a season of sun and play with anything other than watermelon? I’ve concocted a refreshingly hydrating summer smoothie chock-full of antioxidants and phytonutrients to help boost your bodies ability to protect against harmful environmental exposures and keep you fit and healthy for whatever adventures lie ahead. Remember to visit my friends OrganicGirl for a chance to win a brand new VitaMix smoothie. It’s one kitchen appliance that deserves a place on any countertop.

Hydrating Watermelon Mint & Aloe Smoothie // serves 1
1 cup watermelon, cubed and frozen
1 stalk celery
1/2 cup OrganicGirl Super Greens Salad Blend
8-10 ounces Organic Aloe Vera Juice
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
sprig of mint
Stevia to taste
ice (optional)

Combine ingredients in blender and whirl to combine. Serve and enjoy.

xo,

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