Michelle’s Famous Guacamole

Michelle’s Famous Guacamole

This GUACAMOLE recipe is famous in my circles. It’s been served at family gatherings & parties for years, and every time it gets rave reviews. If we are having an event, I always get asked/told, “Are you makin’ your guac? You better be makin’ your guac.”  This guacamole is tangy & spicy, and YUMMY! Make this immediately & you, too, will be FAMOUS!

Gunter Hotel Cheese Spread

Gunter Hotel Cheese Spread

I’m really showing my age on this one! Back in the day, before the famous Gunter Hotel in San Antonio was purchased by the Sheraton group, they served this cheese as a little treat in the hotel bar and restaurants. It’s kind of like pimento cheese, but without any pimento. It has a fantastic flavor and is so easy to make. Our local newspaper published the recipe in 90s, when I was 12. Ok, I wasn’t 12, but let’s not get into that. Serve this yumminess at your next gathering and get ready for the happy faces!

Party Picadillo Dip

Party Picadillo Dip

I got my hands on this recipe over 25 years ago from a gentleman who was a fellow resident in a huge historical home I used to live in. The house was in King William, a historical area of San Antonio. Every year, he would host a big party in conjunction with the King William Fair, which is one of San Antonio’s official Fiesta events. The recipe holds great memories, not only from his fabulous parties, but from the many celebrations I have also served his fabulous dish. It’s got lots of ingredients, but it’s so worth it! Enjoy and create your own memories.

Smoked Beetroot Hummus

Smoked Beetroot Hummus

Jazz up your holiday celebrations with this amazing hummus! The vibrant color is from a fabulous beetroot ketchup that is delicious on its own. The smoky flavor adds a depth of flavor, making this hummus extra special. Enjoy!

Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa by The Culinary Institute of America

Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa by The Culinary Institute of America

My family was mesmerized by this magical salsa! You can use it as a dip or sauce. And, it keeps fresh for 3 days (maybe more). During the Plant-Forward Cooking Boot Camp I participated in at The Culinary Institute of America, we made it to go with Barbecued Jackfruit Tacos. The tacos were super spicy, so this salsa served to cool them down. I brought home leftovers and we ate it with grilled chicken and as a salsa for breakfast tacos. Delish!

Purple Sweet Potato Hummus

Purple Sweet Potato Hummus

I found some purple sweet potatoes at the grocery store the other day & had a moment. The hummus ended up being more of a vivid pink, which I think is just gorgeous! It tasted even more G O R G E O U S! Topped it with olive oil, za’atar, sumac, tri-color peppercorns and thyme from my garden!

Turmeric Hummus

Turmeric Hummus

I’m on a bit of a turmeric kick! This hummus is light, tasty & versatile. Eat it with chips, smear it on a tostada or enjoy it with falafel or kibbeh. Don’t you just love the color?!

Tex Mex Chile con Queso

Tex Mex Chile con Queso

APPETIZERS

Viva Fiesta! This traditional Tex-Mex queso is made with creamy & smooth Kraft velveeta cheese. I like to elevate my “queso” by using fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeños & a bit of white wine. If you’re a purist, you eat this molten liquid gold, as is, with seasoned tortilla chips. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add a scoop of picadillo or chopped brisket. In our family, we often add cooked & crumbled sausage. Pretty much anything goes! Any way you choose to consume a bowl of this addictive concoction is fine with me! Enjoy!

Grilled Ciabatta & Labneh Garlic Spread

Grilled Ciabatta & Labneh Garlic Spread

APPETIZERS

We had a quiet Saturday evening ~ I finished baking the flat of Poteet strawberries I purchased this past Tuesday. The hubs cracked open a bottle of cab and grilled these thick slices of ciabatta from one of our local bakeries, The Bread Box. I made this gorgeous spread w/tahini, lemon juice & roasted garlic. Y’all, this ciabatta was crispy on the outside & super moist on the inside ~ perfect brushed w/olive oil & toasted on a hot grill. I got the recipe for this spread from https://www.ful-filled.com

Hummus w/Sundried Tomatoes & Capers

Hummus w/Sundried Tomatoes & Capers

APPETIZERS

I served this at my Oscar Party for 2 (me & the hubs) & it was a hit! This is the first time I’ve made hummus, so it took a little tweaking as I went along. My version was smooth, creamy and a little tart. I served it with pita chips & was it ever good! I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to store bought hummus ~ seriously! It was that good.

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