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I offer up Exhibit #1, the Avocado Tool.

I saw it advertised in a cooking magazine, and, well…   I like avocados.  I am fortunate to be the only one in the house who likes avocados, so I don’t have to share.  And they CAN be messy.  And how to remove that slippery pit?

A genius true avocado aficionado must have dreamed up this tool!  It handles all your avocado issues:  cutting through the tough skin, removing the troublesome pit, and finally moving the flesh in clean slices to your plate, all while keeping your hands free from green goo!  It is wondrous!

Tool at the ready, I now scoop up bargain avocados at the grocery store, dark and soft and ripe – ready to be devoured cleanly and neatly with my Avocado Tool!  My favorite way to eat ripe avocados is to spread them like butter on a piece of bread, a little salt and pepper, and of course some olive oil.  Delicious!  Pair that with a 2011 Babich Sauvignon Blanc, maybe as a pre-dinner appetizer.   The tart freshness of the wine, sans the typical New Zealand grapefruit overload, partners beautifully with the sumptuous avocado. Summer!  Sun!  The promise of lazy, long weekend afternoons.  WOW!

“But, Claire!”  you protest, “You are now one of those whack-o gluten free people!  How can you eat your avocado on bread?”

No, I am not spreading my ripe avocado on rice cakes.  Instead, I have discovered this delicious GF bread, thanks to the Guilty Kitchen blog.  It is simple, and no yeast is involved.  (Why does yeast inspire panic in me?)  I discovered, too, after soaking almonds, and grinding them for so long my food processor burned out, that almond butter is available in most grocery stores, near the peanut butters.

Back to kitchen gadgets…  I have already confessed to a depraved and perhaps obsessive tendency towards these kitschy items.

I offer up Exhibit #2:

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This is what happens when one uses a sharp knife to try to poke out a slippery avocado pit, a gash in an area that does not easily heal, and is not easily bandaged.  Avocado Tool to the rescue!

Next up, and already ordered through amazon.com:  English muffin rings!

“But, Claire!”  you protest, “You cannot eat English muffins, because you are one of those gluten free freaky-deakies!”

Enter the gluten free Queen of Quinoa:  English muffins for whack-os and freaks!

Oh, no.  Wait!  What?  Yeast?  Maybe there is a kitchen gadget for working with yeast.  Off to Google…


About Claire Ziamandanis

Claire Ziamandanis is Professor of Spanish at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Over her 20 years at the college, she has been a champion for study abroad, establishing the first affiliation for Spanish students, and then working with the Study Abroad office to open the doors to students from other majors. Claire loves travel, food, wine and Spanish but not necessarily in that order!

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