Did you know that we Americans will consume more than eight million pounds of guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday? Wow---That is a lot guac!

Many of you use store-bought guacamole but there is no need--guacamole is one of the easiest recipes to master and tweak to your own taste. All guacamole recipes begin with ripe avocados and therefore requires some planning. Get my CREAMY PARTY GUACAMOLE RECIPE...

If you are making the guacamole that day, you will need to purchase ripe avocados which are that dark purple-black color, are somewhat firm but the skin yields to gentle pressure. Avoid over soft or blemished fruit.

Store not quite ripe avocados in a brown paper bag for 2-5 days before you use them to insure they are ripe. Refrigerate already ripe avocados- this will prolong their life by a day or two.

There are two hacks you can use to ripen avocado at home: 


Since avocados release a natural ethylene gas, storing them in a paper bag will promote the ripening process. Adding whole apples or kiwi to the bag will actually speed up the process. The more apples or kiwi you add to the bag, the faster the avocado will ripen. Check the avocado daily and move to the refrigerator if they begin to ripen too quickly.

The first two avocados are hard and bright green. To ripen, simply put them into a clean brown paper bag along with a whole apple or kiwi. Seal the bag and store for 24 hours in a warm, dry spot. You should find the avocados perfectly ripened when you open the bag. To cut the avocados, use a sharp knife and cut lengthwise to the pit on both sides. Twist the two halves away from each other and they will separate. Use your tap the pit with your knife and it will come out easily.


Here is another hack you can use to quickly soften a hard avocado. (Note: The flavor and the consistency of a softened avocado will not be the same as a ripe avocado.) To quickly soften a hard avocado, wrap it tightly in foil (trapping the ethylene gas) and place in a 200° Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Check the avocado like you would a baked potato; prick the surface with a knife or fork to check it and return it to the oven if it hasn’t softened sufficiently. Depending on the size of the avocado, this may take up to 45 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before cutting.


Guacamole is one of those recipes that is perfect for just about any get-together because it is easy to make, avocados are readily available year ‘round, you can make it on the fly as your guests watch (it is always fun when restaurants make guacamole tableside), and best of all, everyone loves it! My version includes a bit of cayenne and a little cream cheese which gives it a slightly smoother consistency and a bit of a Southern flair. You can most certainly omit the cream cheese for a healthier option.

You might notice I kept the outer peel of the avocados intact and spooned the guacamole into them so that each guest has their own individual serving-- that way, there's no hovering over a shared bowl and little risk of double dipping!

Perfect Party Guacamole Recipe
Serve Guacamole in Avocado Peel Boats- No Double Dipping!

Since guacamole requires ripened avocados, you will need to plan your shopping trip a few days prior to making the recipe since you can never find a ripe avocado in the store when you need one!

Learn how to ripen or soften an avocado quickly using one of these easy methods...



4 large ripe Haas avocados, peeled, seed removed, and cubed

2 limes, juiced

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch cayenne pepper

Pinch granulated sugar

4 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature

2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced fine

1 medium white onion, chopped fine

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ of a small Serrano pepper, seeded and minced (a Jalapeno pepper can be substituted)

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) 


Toss the avocado with the lime juice. Drain the lime juice, reserving 2 tablespoons. In a large bowl, add 1 avocado, the cream cheese and the salt, pepper, cumin, sugar, and cayenne plus 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice and blend together so the cream cheese is not visible. Add the remaining avocado and 1 more tablespoon of the lime juice and coarsely mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the remaining ingredients and stir gently to combine.

Serve immediately with warm tortilla chips or toasted pita bread wedges.

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FOOTBALL .... Even if you don't care about the game at all, getting family and friends together for game day is a great excuse to make all of your favorite guilty pleasure snacks! Here is my party planand a few tried and true recipes to make your own game day party easy!


The good news is, people always love it when someone else cooks for them. If you’re ambitious, make everything from scratch. Or you can buy it. Or you can do what I do—a little of both.

Start with a cheese board. I'd even go old school and crank out a cheese ball. (They're making a comeback, did you know?) People love them. Add cured meats, pate, radish, and cornichons. People love to chat and graze and a cheese board makes that so easy. Three to four cheeses is enough if you’re serving other food. Offer a big baguette or loaf of freshly baked bread; cheap and filling if you’re on a budget.

Chips and dip is the number one item people crave for the big game. Break out your best dip recipe or use one of mine. Charred Onion Dip with Baked Pita Chips or Chunky Blue Cheese Dip you can serve with crackers, chips, or veggies.

Wings. In fact, more than 1.23 billion wings will likely be eaten during Super Bowl weekend. Get them from your favorite restaurant or try my spicy, glazed baked Diablo Chicken Wings.  So easy, so good. The cool blue cheese dip is the perfect compliment.

Anything in the shape of a football. Have you seen Pinterest? Pinners have gone football crazy. Shape your food like a football and everyone will ooh and ah over it, no matter what it is.

Chili Cheese Empanadas are fast, even if you make the pastry from scratch. Brown onion and ground beef. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add chili seasonings, cheese, and allow to cool.. Stuff it all in a pastry crust. Bake according to crust instructions.

Serve withmarinara -make my quick marinara- or buy one at the store. You can also serve with a fresh tomato salsa.


If you are like me, you have totally forgotten decorations at least one time in your life. Luckily, I had remembered pretty napkins so I was able to come up with a quick backup plan. Simply pinch the napkin in the center and twist, securing with tape. Make at least six and secure them with floral wire. You can make a loop or a hook and hang them with a string, rope, or piece of twine.

Use brown craft paper to cover items like this can, creating a football theme. Use paper or tape for the white laces. If you use a tin can like I did, be sure to cover the cut edge with brown paper to keep guests from cutting themselves. I didn’t have craft paper so I used an old grocery bag. The project was essentially free.

A green chenille rug or bath mat (especially handy if you’re serving drinks on ice) can make a football field. All you need is some white electrician’s tape and some stick on numbers to turn it into a football field table runner. This project cost under $10.  

Ready? Get those friends on the phone and invite them over. We got this!

More of my favorite game day ideas:

Make a Taco Bar

Build a Bloody Mary Bar

Host a Souper Bowl Showdown