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Cook's Corner

I am what many would call a "Foodie" - amateurs who simply love food and/or drink for consumption, study, preparation and news.

 

Now the statement above should make it clear that I do not have any formal training when it comes to food preparation. I have, however, been told that I am a pretty good cook and I hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoy writing it. 

Follow me on twitter @Cooks_CornerLCP

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This cold, snowy weather has had me on a bit of a comfort food cycle, but it has been brought to my attention that some easy, healthier recipes would be greatly appreciated. This next recipe is a modified version of a recipe I found on Pinterest. It has no oils and no cream and goes well with so many dishes. Enjoy.
 
Creamy Avocado Citrus Dressing

Ingredients
1 ripe avocado, pitted and scooped out
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup honey, or to taste
3 tablespoons lime juice
1-2 cloves garlic
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
½ small jalapeno (for a hotter version use a whole jalapeno; for a milder version, make sure to seed the pepper) 
¼ teaspoon fresh ginger, optional
¼ cup water or more (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation
Add all the ingredients, except the water and salt and pepper, to a food processor or blender and blend for about a minute or so until smooth and creamy. If the dressing is too thick add some water a bit at a time to thin it out. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve over a green, onion or pepper salad. The thicker version is great for fish, (fish tacos) chicken, pasta or rice.
 
Helpful hint
If you’re not a fan of cilantro, try substituting parsley, and if honey is not your thing, try agave nectar or a maple syrup. A little onion or chive is also good blended in to this dressing.
 
To share a helpful hint or comment, send an email to lakenews@jcpgroup.com or follow me on Twitter @Cooks_CornerLC.
 

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