Amy Eddings is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 PM until 8 PM weekdays. She started hosting in 2004, after long-time host JoAnn Allen left for the West Coast. Before ATC, Amy was a reporter. Her favorite topics were--and still are--garbage and recycling, which she still reports on whenever she can get out of the studio.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Avocation means "a subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one's vocation, especially for enjoyment," but when it comes to avocados, I like the archaic usage. Merriam-Webster puts it as "diversion, distraction." And that's what avocados mean for me this time of year.
I buy at least four a week, and am eating them at a fast clip. Sliced, with sea salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Pureed in a smoothie, with mango (they make the smoothie really thick). Mashed up for a guacamole.
I made some guacamole today, or, should I say, "guacamole." I had to punt, since I was missing a lot of key ingredients. Parsley instead of cilantro. Fresh lemon juice instead of fresh lime juice. Tabasco sauce, instead of fresh, minced jalapeno. And I threw in some dill, just for the heck of it.
My new favorite avocado transformation: blended into a creamy sauce for pasta. In a small food processor, pulse two cloves garlic, the juice of one lemon, and a big pinch of sea salt. Add one peeled avocado and a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Puree until smooth and creamy. Place a big glop of it on hot, fresh out of the water pasta, and toss to coat. Eat immediately.