Episode #41 Tableside Guacamole with special guest Steve Forss
Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked here with my dear friend, Steve Forss, and today, Steve and I are going to make for you tableside guac, it is delicious. And make sure you stay tuned until the end of the show. When Steve here is going to play his hit single “Eighth-floor Landing”.
Steve: It’s going to be good. Stay tuned.
Intro: Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. I’m Courtney Uncooked cause that’s how I like my food. The vitamins and the minerals, you know they all get through. Absorbed into the body so that nothing gets lost when you start eating raw of your health you’ll be the boss. Raw vegan for my health and you know that health is wealth. To help you stay your best, we will welcome special guests. So let’s go make a recipe and have lots of fun, your healthy living journey has just begun cause I’m Courtney…Courtney Uncooked.
Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked and this is my dear friend, Steve Forss. I haven’t seen Steve in forever since all of this, because I used to see him playing his guitar at weddings and parties and events and restaurants, and all that has stopped. So, I’ve been missing life, I’ve been missing Steve so today I thought we’d just have our own party. And so, Steve’s going to play for us at the end so don’t go away. What’s the name of your song?
Steve: Eighth-floor Landing.
Courtney: Eighth-floor Landing. Stay tuned to hear him play his hit single at the end. I can’t wait. So what have you been up to buddy? How’s it going?
Steve: I’ve been avoiding people as much as possible, but…
Steve: Since you know, all this happened, I haven’t been able to play as much as I used to be.
Steve: And so I had to pick up a day job first…
Courtney: Good for you.
Steve: time in 20 years that i’ve done actual work instead of playing music for a living.
Courtney: Wow. So, how’s that going?
Steve: I kind of like it.
Courtney: Yeah? You like getting bossed around?
Steve: It’s not bad.
Courtney: I do too. I actually do.
Courtney: People think I like to be bossy, but the truth is I like it when people tell me where to go and what to do, and yeah…
Steve: Makes it easier.
Courtney: It does, it does. To have someone… All right, well good. It’s good to see
you here today.
Steve: Thanks for having me.
Courtney: Yeah. Thanks for being here. So, you know, financially you’ve taken a day job, but what have you been doing mentally?
Steve: As usual, I try and get out in the woods as much as possible. I love to hike and mountain biking…
Courtney: Well, you were already an outdoorsman right?
Steve: Oh yeah, yep.
Courtney: So just more of that?
Steve: Yep, as much as possible.
Courtney: Me too, me too.
Steve: Nature therapy.
Courtney: Exactly. Rain, shine, thunder, cold, dark, what…I don’t care. I’ve got to go outside.
Steve: I am known as the hurricane hiker because every time I plan a backpacking trip, it rains and I just go anyway and get soaked and make the best of it. It’s still good.
Courtney: I don’t think…I’m not quite a hurricane hiker. I’m a drizzle hiker.
Courtney: All right. Well, every time I see you at parties, Steve, do you know where I see you? At the guacamole bowl, okay.
Courtney: So, I decided today that we would make this amazing… I call it Angie’s tableside guac. My friend Angie makes it, and it always tastes exactly like the guacamole that you get at a Mexican restaurant, where the guy comes over to your table and makes it for you. And every time she makes it, it’s totally consistent, it tastes just like tableside guac. So, she gave me her recipe and we’re going to make it today. Now there are a million ways to make guacamole, but this, in my opinion, is exactly what it tastes like in a restaurant. Super authentic.
Courtney: Alright. So, we’re going to get started and one thing that I always like to do Steve, to cut down on waste any time I can and to do less dishes is to actually use the fruit or vegetable that I’m preparing with, as a dish itself, if possible. So, today we’re going to use the actual avocado, the outside of the avocado for our bowls. I’ve just gone ahead and sliced up our avocado into cubes here and I’ve done most of it. And this recipe, you know, she always makes with four avocados, which sounds like a lot, but it’s so good, it’s going to go so fast. So, what we have here is four avocados and then, you know, I’ve got the pits in here to Steve, because I didn’t know if you know that or not, but the pits are actually going to keep it fresh or longer.
Steve: Keeps it some browning I’ve heard.
Courtney: Yes, keeps it from browning. Absolutely. And also if you have lime in your guacamole too, that’s going to keep it from browning as well. So, we’ve got the pits in here and we’ve got the lime and we’re just going to be good to go to take this to a party and to hear you play.
Courtney: Right? Right.
Courtney: Because no party is complete without Steve playing guitar and me and this tableside guac. Speaking of avocados, Steve. What is an avocado’s favorite kind of music?
Steve: I do not know.
Courtney: You don’t know? Guac n roll. Where do I come up with this stuff?
Steve: Mom joke.
Courtney: All right. So, we’ve got four avocados and then we’re going to put in the juice of two limes and as you can see here, this is my new Pampered Chef Juicer and it’s so much bigger than the other one. It gets so much juice out. So, we probably don’t even need two whole limes, I might just do one and a half because like I said, this gets more juice than any juicer I’ve ever seen. Plenty of lime juice with just three halves alright. Half of a red onion. I had a huge red onion so that looks like a whole one, but that’s half, but I love onions and I hope you do too.
Courtney: You do now anyway. And then I’ve got some beautiful tomato here…
Steve: Very good color.
Courtney: Right from outside in my garden. And then we’ve got a whole jalapeno here. Now, if you’re going to a party, you may want to do half, you may want to do a fourth, this again is that authentic tableside guac, which is spicy my friend and Steve, tell me why did the jalapeno put on a sweater?
Steve: I do not know.
Courtney: Because it was a little chilly. You know, it just needed a sweater. So, look at that isn’t that beautiful? The last thing is some garlic and another one of my favorite tools, Steve you’re going to love this, is my Pampered Chef Garlic Press. We don’t even have to take the skin off and I’m going let you squeeze that through. Look at that, it’s just going to squeeze it and you didn’t even remove the skin. That’s it, then voilà. I’m just going to mix this up. Oh my gosh. How good does that look?
Steve: It looks wonderful. It’s looking good, with good consistency.
Courtney: So perfect. All right. So, then we’re just going to take our little avocado bowls, fill them up. Isn’t that beautiful?
Steve: That one mine?
Courtney: It’s yours.
Steve: Thank you.
Courtney: And this one’s mine. And then today we’re going to do something really different. Dip a pineapple in this. Sound crazy?
Steve: I’ve never tried this.
Courtney: I know.
Steve: Have you done this before?
Courtney: I’ve done it. I love this. All right, so you got it on top. Sweet, savory. Isn’t that different?
Steve: I love it.
Courtney: Me and my boy Steve are making tableside guac. It tastes like a restaurant, it really really rocks. It makes me want to take a ride in an El Camino. I like my ladies hot like a jalapeno. Don’t like it spicy? Then leave the peppers out, it tastes so good you want to scream and shout. No, you don’t need a stove or an oven to cook. Just a blender, dehydrator, and some Courtney Uncooked. I say Courtney, Courtney Uncooked. You know what I say? Courtney, Courtney Uncooked.
Steve: As I sweep away the time, the dust that clouds my mind, I start to wonder why I’m even trying. The cycle never ends but music and my friends make me want to try to keep from dying. Love me when I’m feeling down. Miss me when I’m not around. Tell me when you’re feeling blue and I won’t let go of you. So far away from home, I know you feel alone like I do. Listen to the hum of the road, 47 miles to go. I hope you understand. I had to leave you. Love me when I’m feeling down. Miss me when I’m not around. Tell me when you’re feeling blue and I won’t let go of you. Love me when I’m feeling down.