Mild Guacamole and a Southwest Babe Bowl

Cook's notes: Sometimes guacamole with a lot of garlic and jalapeno is tough to digest. Lime juice is more authentic, but we only had lemon juice, and it still turned out well. This perfectly mild version is delicious and easy. Serves 8 4 ripe Hass avocados, halved and pitted 4 teaspoons lemon juice 1.5 teaspoons dried cilantro …

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Basic Italian-style mixed green salad

Cook's notes: This is a basic mixed green salad with some interesting elements. I was looking for a "mixed green salad" for dinner parties that wasn't just lettuce, carrots, tomato, and cucumber. You may find that the salad doesn't even need dressing, due to the marinated peppers and avocado. 10-oz. (minimum) package mixed salad greens …

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