Apples and Pomegranate Seeds Are What Your Guacamole Is Missing

Serve it with parsnip chips if you're really feeling fancy.

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To be honest, guacamole has gotten a little blah — it can be more than just avocado, tomato and onion! The actor Chris O'Donnell told me mixing in a little honey is key. I like to take it to the next level by also adding apples, jewel-like pomegranate seeds, whatever you like. You want it to be fun! And gorgeous, of course.

Lulu's Chunky Guacamole

Serves 6-8

  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 5 large ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds

1. In a small bowl, mix the onion, honey, garlic, tomato, cilantro, salt, pepper and Tabasco. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to let the flavors meld.

2. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado into the onion mixture with a fork until it reaches your desired texture. Stir in the lime juice, apple and pomegranate seeds. Serve with your choice of chips — I like parsnip crisps!

This story originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

Veggies Are the Secret Ingredient Your Cocktail Is Missing

This recipe looks healthy, but tastes divine.

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I love serving a specialty sneeky, even when a neighbor is just stopping by. It makes it seem like you went the extra mile! This arugula cocktail is green, so it looks healthy, but it's soooo delicious.

Arugula Sneeky

Serves 2

  • 4 ounces gin, vodka or tequila
  • 1 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces fresh cucumber juice
  • 1 ounces herb simple syrup, plus more to taste (recipe below)
  • ¼ cup fresh arugula leaves

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and shake-shake-shake, then strain into two glasses over ice. Garnish with slices of cucumber and rosemary sprigs.

Herb Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup each of fresh rosemary, mint and basil leaves
  • ¾ cup agave syrup
  • ¾ cup boiling water

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir, cover and let stand for an hour. Strain syrup into a glass container and store in the refrigerator. It's also great drizzled on top of fruit, or for sweetening iced tea or lemonade.

This story originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

 

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Brooke Boothe design. Kelly green, acid lime green with the burlap color napkin is genius!! So chic. The "leaf crest" super fantastic. Brings it all together.