Friday, June 3, 2011

Guacamole Dip/Tuskegee Cookbook

My boys have often teased me about loving stories and movies that are inspirational and have a good ending. It's true that some are sappy and overdone, but a really good story that they would call a, "triumph of the human spirit" story (while teasing me) doesn't have to be dramatized, because the details are spectacular on their own.
Such dramatic embellishment is not needed for the history of Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. The cookbook for review today involves the story of how Mr. Washington, a young teacher who had been a slave as a child, arrived at the legislatively approved school for blacks in 1881. He would teach and serve as Tuskegee's principal. Mr. Washington, along with Dr. George Washington Carver, a famous scientist and alumnus of the school, both developed plants that would grow in the South's cotton-depleted soil and help feed its hard-working, less-privileged citizens. White and black sharecroppers, alike, were in need of a more nutritious diet. These two great Americans came to the rescue; their innovations in crop development and farming techniques helped change the fortunes of poor southern farmers, and improve the diet of the south as a whole. The African-American Heritage Cookbook: Traditional Recipes and Fond Remembrances From Alabama's Renowned Tuskegee Institute by Carolyn Quick Tillery was published in 1997 and its ISBN is 1-55972-325-4. The historic pictures of Tuskegee, the list of famous Americans who were students there and the recipes of Washington and Carver make this a must-have book, especially for those who love southern food (can you say, "Dandelion Salad"?!) and its history. It's a newer book and should be easy to find; I found mine in the Denton used book store (on the square). This interesting cookbook left me wanting to make a to visit Tuskegee, Alabama.

Page 25 Guacamole Dip

4 ripe avocados
1 large tomato
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
Mash avocados until smooth. Chop tomatoes and add to avocados. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use. 18-24 servings.

***Adventures in Texas: Great farmer's market near Brown Trail Church of Christ in Bedford, Texas. I found the best tomatoes, yet...this season.***

Book I'm Reading: The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine


  1. Thanks for linking up again to Made it on Monday!

  2. Very interesting. I will check it out on Amazon. I love the recipe too.

  3. Hi Marcia :-)
    I am currently working on doing a huge round-up of link-up parties. I keep seeing your picture all over the place, so I stopped by to see if you host any of your own parties. You don't.

    I am curious, why do you always link up the picture of yourself, instead of taking pictures of the food you make and then using those pictures? Trust me, you don't have to be that good at photography to do so! o;-p

  4. Oooh, I love guacamole! I don't make it much these days, though. Alas, avocados are running about $2 a piece by me. But I can always watch for a sale. The recipe looks delicious!

  5. Brian + Cheryl B.,
    I use my photo as a matter of continuity and recognition. I'm a writer who didn't take photography in journalism school. If you'll notice, my posts are essentially book reviews of old cookbooks. The recipe attached is just a sample of what's offered within the particular book that I've reviewed. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for reading my blog.

  6. I love your stories woven in with the recipes, and this introduction to vintage cookbooks absolutely delights! You have me looking up details on Booker T. Washington. Interestingly, my daughters read Up from Slavery for American Literature this past year.

    Oh, and I love guacamole so much, I think I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, if I had enough avocados to make it happen. :)

  7. Hi Marcia, the internet ate my comment!~ I hate when that happens! Thanks so much for sharing your love of a good story with us and this great avocado dip on the hearth and soul hop! Please add the link back to the hop so more folks can share in the fun! All the best, Alex

  8. my teens recently told me that they love guacamole sort of suprised me but so won't make them some thanks for the recipe come visit me at

  9. Hi Marcia,
    I love this review of Mr. Washington, they were great Americans. I was really surprised to find the Guacamole dip in that book. Here I thought that that may have been way after his time, but I guess not. When I see your picture I always know that I am in for a treat! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. That guacamole dip sounds so yummy. My husband teases me about movies like that too. Thanks for coming by to share your recipe :) Have a great weekend, Marcia!

  11. Thank you for sharing this wonderful guacamole recipe with Let's Do Brunch. I love stories and movies with a good ending too!

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  13. GREAT, I am going to have to get over to Bedford this weekend, The market here by Decatur is not very good :(