A few weeks ago I heard the doorbell ring so I headed to see who it was. I was surprised by my mailman standing at the door with a box. The ground was blanketed by a foot or so of snow and he was bundled up to keep out the cold. He stood there on my stoop with a giant smile on his face and said “Why are you getting avocados in the mail?” He then proceeded to bribe me, jokingly, with not handing them over unless I gave him one. We both share a love of gardening and he often takes a handful or so of tomatoes from my summer garden on his way to the next house. So I wasn’t shocked by his facetious bribery. We chatted for a while about the weather, gardening, his family and my blog. I swear it wasn’t my diversion tactic to not share the green globes of goodness in that box, but he sauntered off forgetting all about his opening statement.
As the door closed, I bolted to the nearest sharp object to open the box. Inside was a layer of rafia and as I peeled it back, uncovered this….
20 beautiful avocados in varying varieties. They came to me via Virtual Potluck from SoCal Avocados a 25 acre ranch located in Southern California. Each one of these avocados were hand picked just for me. Not mass picked and stored, hand picked from the tree and packaged for me and me alone. That’s service! Its hard to decifer what was in this box from the photo but here’s the low down:
- Bacon - now how can you go wrong with an avocado named bacon? Right? Delish! and they don’t really taste like bacon.
- Fuerte – This one was so creamy. It was my fave for sure.
- Pinkerton - An interesting shape with a small seed. Delish as well
- Haas - We all know this one. It’s the usual suspect at the market, but SoCal’s tasted far superior to any I’ve ever purchased at the store.
- Go to www.socalavocados.com and tell me what variety you’d like to try. That’s it. Easy peasy!
- Giveaway open to US addresses only
- Giveaway begins 2/20/2012 and ends on Sunday 2/26/2012 at 9 pm PST
- Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Monday 2/27/2012 via this blog, Facebook and Twitter
- In a quart sized mason jar, add all French dressing ingredients. Shake vigorously to combine. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator up to a month.
- In a small bowl, add the shrimp, salt and pepper, garlic, olive oil and lime juice. Toss to coat. Allow to marinate for 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add the shrimp. Sear for 1 minute and flip. Grill for 1-2 minutes longer. Remove to a plate and allow to cool slightly.
- To assemble the salad, add the greens, red pepper, mushrooms and green onions to a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup of French dressing and toss lightly to coat. Plate the greens on 2 large plates. Divide the shrimp, avocado and hard cooked eggs onto each plate. Serve with extra dressing, if desired.