Friday, December 1, 2006

Not Wholly Guacamole

I was reading the news on the Net yesterday and found an interesting item. KraftFoods is being sued for false advertizing because their Guacamole Dip contains about 2% avocado. The plaintiff purchased the product, used it in a three layer dip and found it didn't have much of an avocado taste. Upon reviewing the ingredients, she found that it contained modified food starch, coconut and soybean oils, corn syrup and food coloring.,1,6434345.story?coll=chi-news-hed

My question is why did she purchase a food product without reading the entire label? By law, ingredients have to be listed. So what prevented her from reading the label?

I read labels, which is why I don't buy alot of prepared foods. And come on, she used it in a three layer dip! For goodness sake! A three layer dip has guacamole, sour cream, and cheese/salsa. And she was able to taste the guacamole through that??

Come on!

If you don't take the time to read the ingredients/labels of the foods you purchase before you purchase them, that's your problem. What do people want? Lights, sirens and a baritone voice telling you the ingredients every time you pick an item off the shelf?


Anyhow, here's my recipe for chunky guacamole. I like it little spicy too.

Chunky Guacamole
3 Haas avocados
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped tomato

Into a non-reactive bowl, combine the garlic, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, and onion. Set aside while you prepare the avocados. Slice two of the avocadoes, and mash the flesh into the lime juice mixture. The remaining avocado chop into chunks. Fold it and the cumin, cilantro and tomato into the mashed mixture. Serve.

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