Tomato Guacamole


2 medium size ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and sliced

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, minced

salt to taste

2-3 drops hot pepper sauce

1 medium size fresh tomato, chopped

1 Tbsp fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped


1. Place prepared avocado in a medium size bowl, drizzle with lemon juice and mash with a fork. 

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. 

3. Serve right away.

Use as dip for chips or just spread on sandwiches. 

Makes 2 cups

TIP: Mix a little of Italian dressing with Tomato Guacamole and you will have a fresh testing salad dressing in seconds.

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Thomas Jefferson was a pioneer in growing tomatoes, beginning in 1809. He grew large ribbed "Spanish" tomatoes. Jefferson's daughters left numerous recipes that involved tomatoes, including gumbo soups, cayenne-spiced tomato soup, green tomato pickles, tomato preserves, and tomato omelettes. Tomatoes were purchased in 1806 for Presidential dinners. Randolph's The Virginia Housewife has seventeen recipes for tomatoes, including gazpacho, gumbo, and catsup. In an 1824 speech before the Albemarle Agricultural Society, Jefferson's son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph discussed the transformation of Virginia farming due to the introduction of new crops. He mentioned how tomatoes were virtually unknown ten years earlier, but by 1824 everyone was eating them because they believed they kept one's blood pure in the heat of summer."
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On the matter of whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, the discrepancy between botany's designation (it's a fruit) and popular opinion (it's a vegetable) has caused some amusing results. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws which imposed a duty on vegetables but not on fruits caused the tomato's status to become a matter of legal importance. The U.S. Supreme Court settled this controversy in 1893, declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, along with cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas, using the popular definition which classifies vegetables in how they are used: they are generally served with dinner and not dessert