Dipping and Drinking From Home

Unless you are a fan of one of the lucky six (soon to be 4) NFL teams that are still battling you are most likely enjoying the remaining games of this NFL season indoors.  With the scenery changed from blacktops to comfy couches I thought I would throw out two recipes (1 dip, 1 drink) to help brighten a Sunday where the home team isn’t playing…

Fat Bot Guacamole (the chunkiness of the dip gave the dip it’s name):

  • 2 medium tomatoes that are diced, which gives you about 2 cups
  • 1 small red onion that is finely diced, which gives you about 5-6 Tbs.
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 Tbs. of lime juice (definitely squeeze the limes yourself)
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 4 large avocados which are cut into 1/2-inch dice (Note: Make sure you buy your avocados in advance, giving them time to become soft and ripe.  You should store avocados at room temperature until they become soft and ripe, then place them in the refrigerator where they can stay for up to one week.  If you are short on time you can also place the avocados in a brown paper bag and store them near the stove (a warm place) which will help ripen them more quickly).

In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and red pepper flakes.  Let the mix sit for about 5-10 minutes.  Add the avocado and with a fork mash it into the tomato mixture.  Open a bag of chips and dip away!

A bourbon hot toddy isn’t a new drink recipe but I have a good feeling that few of you have ever tried one or made one.  I made my first yesterday from a recipe passed on down by dad.  So very simple, so very tasty, and so very warming on a too cold winter afternoon.  And since you are watching the game from the comfort of your home, why stop at just one?  The only moving that you are doing later is parking your behind at the dinner table during halftime of the late afternoon game!

Bourbon Hot Toddy:

  • 5 Tbs. of bourbon
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 4 small lemon wedges
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Put a kettle of water on the stove and let it come to a boil.

Grab your favorite coffee mug and put in the bourbon, honey, and squeeze in the lemon juice of 3 wedges.  Using a knife poke 3 holes in the rind of the remaining lemon wedge and push in the cloves.  Pour a 1/2 cup of water into your mug, stir to dissolve the honey, and then add the lemon wedge with the cloves.  Let the drink stand for a couple minutes.  Bottoms up…though it would probably be wise to just Sip Up!