Chocolate cheese cake.



Shawn's Guacamole
Pineapple-Mango Salsa
Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Shawn's Guacamole

Guacamole is really just mashed avocados with some other ingredients thrown in. It can be as simple as mashing the avocados, adding some salt and garlic, and getting out the tortilla chips. The versions that are mostly guacamole with few other ingredients, I find to be too heavy. I love guacamole and spent some time coming up with a simple recipe that I can throw together without much thought and eat a lot of without getting full too quickly. Apparently it came out right since I'm often asked for the recipe. So, try Shawn's guacamole then experiement to find your favorite combination. Then, invite me over.



  1. Add some salt to the mashed guac first until the flavor comes out.
  2. Add the rest of the salt to the tomotoes since they need it the most.
  3. mix the avocados, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. I usually leave the garlic out. It's easy to add too much garlic, plus the red onion is aromatic enough. If you do use garlic only use cloves that have been freshly minced. (By the way, food isn't supposed to taste like garlic in the same way it's not supposed to taste like salt.)
  4. Salt to taste. (Keep some chips handy and try as you go, so you don't over salt.)
  5. Add the lime and lemon juice. The lemon juice is to help keep it from turning brown. If you're going to eat it right away you can leave it out and add more lime juice.
  6. Add the pepper until the desired heat is achieved.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pineapple-Mango Salsa

I got this from the Johnson & Wales cooking show. I only use pineapple when I can get it fresh which is why I show it optional.

Mix ingredients.

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Very popular recipe that Elleing's family makes all the time . . .


Combine all salad ingredients.


Whisk all dressing ingredients.

Pour dressing over salad ONLY when ready to serve.


For scones I use a recipe I picked up from an episode of America's Test Kitchen recipe. ATK has several variations, but this one is closer to a true scone in my opinion. I believe the version in the cookbook is similar to the one below.

Scones are simple, so quality ingredients are important. Below are some notes to consider.



  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Whisk cream, egg, & sugar.
  3. In 2nd bowl mix flour, salt, baking powder.
  4. Mix in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Stir in currants & liquid mix w/ fork. (Dough will be sticky.)
  6. Gently knead dough on lightly floured surface for 30 secs & form it into a "-thick circle.
  7. Cut dough into 8 triangles.
  8. Bake on ungreased baking sheet on middle rack 15-18 mins or until golden.

America's Test Kitchen has another version with three things that are interesting. One is to use sour cream. Another is to freeze and grate the butter. The last is to fold and chill the dough, then fold in frozen blueberries. There's a video on YouTube for "America's Test Kitchen Blueberry Scones" that demonstrates. I'd try the recipe as is but that's a lot of sugar. They are supposed to be scones, not cookies.