So maybe if you’re new here you don’t know the extent of my avocado obsession, so let me quickly fill you in. I’m totally obsessed with everything avocados. I even have a section on my recipe index that is just for avocados. They rock my world and I eat on average at least an avocado a day. I mean, you know what they say, an avocado a day keeps the doctor away. Or at least they keep your skin looking nice and beautiful. It’s pretty safe to say that avocados are my favorite food in the world. Okay… onto the good stuff.
Last week Matt Armendariz and I took a little road trip down to an avocado farm just outside of San Diego. We were both totally stoked to learn all about the fruit that we both love oh so much. Matt and I are total avocado freaks – it’s one of the many reasons we are such great friends. There is also the love of margartias. And of course that Matt is like the most amazing person ever!
Once we rolled into the farm we were greeted by Ben Holtz, who is the President of California Avocados Direct.
California Avocados Direct is pretty much the best idea since well, since ever. I kid you not. I can’t even tell you how many times I post an avocado recipe and get a phone call or email from a family member (this means you grandma!) or someone that lives in Midwest saying that their avocado selection is totally sub-par. That is so over now! Enter California Avocados Direct… its a Farm to Table avocado delivery service! So this is what happens: Ben picks, packages and ships the avocados in the same day. They are then sent right to your doorstep and when they arrive they are the most beautiful things you have ever seen. And here is the best part – since he picks, packs and ships all in 1 day – when the avocados get to your door they still have plently of time to ripen. Talk about freshness. So they can sit on your counter and ripen before your eyes. Then once they are ripe they are yours to gobble up whichever way you please! Not only do you get the most amazing avocados (that come with his promise of the best quality!), but Ben throws in a picture of himself picking your avocados and a guide to caring and storing them as well!
While we were at the avocado farm Ben showed us his private reserve of avocados and let us pick a few to take home. Score! We then had a tour of the entire farm and learned all about this fruit. For someone who is so obsessed with them, this was kinda a dream come true.
After we left the farm I was so excited for 2 things. First, there is the most gorgeous avocado canopy covered area on the farm and I am for sure going to have an avocado themed dinner party there this summer. It’s totally going to happen, Ben is already on board! Second, I dreamed up this Avocado and Tomatillo Dip that I was just dying to make with the perfect avocados from California Avocado Direct! The creaminess and hint of spice with this dip paired perfectly with roasted potato crisps. Check out the recipe below!
And now for the giveaway! Matt and I are both giving away 1 fabulous box of Hass Avocados from Ben and California Avocados Direct!! All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me your FAVORITE way of using an avocado!! I think we all know by now that mine is obviously guacamole – but I can’t wait to hear yours! For an extra entry, head on over to the What’s Gaby Cooking facebook page and become a fan. If you’re already a fan – just leave another comment to let me know! I’ll randomly pick the winner on Friday (4/22) morning. And make sure to leave a comment over on Matt Bites too to increase your odds even more!** Contest now closed. Winner has been emailed – waiting to hear back to confirm before announcing!
And because Ben is such a wonderful person he is offering a one time 30% discount from now until Tomorrow (Tuesday 4/19) at midnight, to all of you on your orders through California Avocados Direct, just enter GabyandMatt during checkout. Trust me when I tell you that you MUST order some of these avocados – they will be the best you have ever tasted!
- 6 medium Tomatillos, roasted
- 2 avocados, seeds and skin removed
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- 2 small clove garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1/4 cup white onion, diced
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Remove the husks from the tomatillos. Rinse under warm water well and wipe clean. Cut the tomatillos in half and place into a baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes until they are tender. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Serve with any kinds of tortilla chips
** And… I personally purchased the avocados I am giving away on this post, this is not a sponsored blog post. I just want to share my love for the most wonderful fruit on the face on the earth! **