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I Guacomole, Do you Guacamole too? 
 
Jun. 29, 2012 5:20 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2012 10:26 pm
I did 2 demos this week for a basic Guacamole recipe highlighting the Avocado. That is the product that I was trying to get the public to think about and use. WOW! What a difference in store locations, in peoples perception of Avocados was amazing. I made a simple recipe the company suggested and printed it out for the 2nd demo because I spent most of my first demo telling people the recipe and them writing it on the back of a piece of paper they had in their purse. Different locations, different people, different backgrounds and what a change. Some people are afraid of something they have never tried before, like Avocado, some are scared of trying to make something from scratch, don't be. Sample something you don't know about unless you are allergic. We are not here to change your way of eating, but to give you a different taste perhaps of something you know but want to change up. I am just trying to say that we aren't there to "make" you buy anything but to at least keep in mind the product in the next time you need something like it. I had people who said, "no, I don't like that, and in the end, they had a change maybe of trying something new, I love that. I gave that little nudge to expand their taste. Other people are totally against change and they tell me that. Parents can be a big factor in their children's taste of things because of what they say. Here is an example. Mother and child approach demo table and mother says "Oh, Guacamole, you won't like that, it is a little spicy". So child learns not to try new things because parent says this even though I tell parent that there is very little spice involved. Now, 2 things have happened, child will not try something new and parent will not either, so both are missing out on an experience that might change each of their tastes. Honestly, will one 1 tsp. of something new to you really harm you in any way unless you are allergic. Expand your palate. Even just one 1 tsp. for the rest of your life? I guess my point is to expand yourself, not just food, but maybe any little something that might take you out of your comfort zone. Maybe a little life lesson. Try it, you'll like it.
 
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Bibi 
Jun. 29, 2012 5:34 pm
Love this, ibbz! Agree!
 
ibbz 
Jun. 29, 2012 5:54 pm
I just would like people to try something that they may never try again in their life. I make it non-commital, easy, and if you like it fine, if not, throw it in my garbage, but give yourself a chance. Please don't tell your children "You won't like that" before they even try. Give everyone a chance to expand their tastes.
 
misty 
Jun. 29, 2012 5:56 pm
I agree also. I always was such a picky eater; but tried to encourage my boys to try new things. Both are grown and love food of all kinds. As for me; I still cannot get a mushroom even close to my mouth!
 
ibbz 
Jun. 29, 2012 6:00 pm
Misty, glad you got your children on a good path. As for yourself, do you like pickles? You can make mushrooms taste exactly like pickles with the right recipe. Also, sauteing them with onions and garlic is a good way of introducing them into your diet. They do have 20 different vitamins and minerals, they are a good food.
 
Jun. 29, 2012 6:00 pm
Gawd, I've laways been a "let me try it" kind of guy and my kids are the same way, give it a go, ya never know. I just have trouble concieveing of not trying something based on an incorrect notion. Good on ya for trying, Guacamole rocks!!
 
ibbz 
Jun. 29, 2012 6:55 pm
Raedwulf, my grand girls age 7 and 8 will try "eating" things at grammas that they probably wouldn't at any other place because I don't put any restrictions on it. I put it out there, I talk about it when I cook it, I have them smell the aroma, talk about the ingredients, tell about how good it might be on different levels. My one grand daughter that lives with me will eat everything from Brussels Sprouts to any cheese we eat and every bean I cook. She is open to all things. She even helped grow our own mushrooms this season, the ones in the box. Am getting the other grand girl into trying different things also. That is my goal, to get them to open their mouths, other than to complain, and to enjoy something they might think they don't like.
 
Jun. 30, 2012 3:19 am
I love Guacamole wished I had an Avocado tree growing in my yard. I buy them every week. We eat them on BLT's, hamburger, and if I make tortilla burger which is a popular thing here want lots of guacamole on it as well as smoother in green chile sauce. My husband like to eat it with steak or pork chops as well. Fajitas must have guacamole but I like chopped avocado in my green salad and little seasoning salt instead of dressing the way my grandpa made it.
 
Jun. 30, 2012 4:13 am
I so agree with you! People just need to try new things. No law says you have to like it, just try it. We just got back from a vacation on the beach with friends who have a 10 yr. old, 7 & 5 yr. olds. Those kids will try anything! They tried raw oysters, steamed bluecrabs, clams, whatever. When they're at my house they love to raid my herb garden and sample all the herbs. Chives and mint are their favorites! And now you've made me hungry for guacamole!
 
Jun. 30, 2012 6:55 am
I love avocados and gucamole so much! Great blog..:)
 
Jun. 30, 2012 7:33 am
when my grandson was 4 we went out to dinner. The waiter spoke to him in a very patronizing way "well now little boy what will you have from the little kiddy menu?" He responded "Iwant the french onion soup and escargot" Waiter said "good joke now what does he want to eat", His mom replied "He just placed his order -- onion soup and escargot". A moment to treasure. He has been taught to try at least 1 bite of everything offered and he is not forced to eat it if he does not like it, just repeat trying periodically.
 
Lela 
Jun. 30, 2012 4:11 pm
Hello, Ibbz. How nice of you to write out the recipe. I love it when I get recipes at demos. I love avocados, but because I am allergic to soy which is in so many products I am one of those who is a label reader. I always ask what is in the product before I will eat it. You would be surprised how many products that I have seen in demos have soy.
 
ibbz 
Jun. 30, 2012 4:19 pm
I would really like to get the message out to anyone thinking about trying a sample of something they may never have tried before. We are not trying to poison you, or make you sick, or asking you to eat something that other people may enjoy but you have never tried. Keep an open mind and especially with children, just a little bite, once, twice, let them make their own minds up. Soy seems to be in many items that I demo. I can't control what ingredients are in the product but I try to educate myself before each demo on the allergens that might be involved.
 
ibbz 
Jun. 30, 2012 4:22 pm
Covergirl, how fantastic about the little one telling exactly what he did want. And yes, repeat giving a child something he might not like once, but sometimes, it takes a few bites. I am always generous in my demos, because of that. Sometimes, that first bite is not what they expect, but if the sample is maybe 2 bites, they think a bit more and I always try to tell people as they sample, exactly what ingredients are in it, as best as I can.
 
Jun. 30, 2012 5:14 pm
I don't like Guacamole, But I can't remember why. I told my wife the other day that I would not mind trying it, because it may have only been the name or a poorly made Guacamole.
 
ibbz 
Jun. 30, 2012 5:23 pm
Oh, King, this is the perfect opportunity to try something again. Simple, low cost, homemade is always best. You can adjust the seasonings to your taste and it is best used within a few hours, but overnight, gives another level of flavor. Please try something like this, just for the idea that you are packing a lot of veges in a small space and eating them!
 
Jun. 30, 2012 9:13 pm
very good advice ibbz! i suggest it strongly to my daughters. QUESTION AUTHORITY! ok, off my soapbox. try things you wouldn't consider, it could be a life-changing moment, a new dish..just experiment with a new way of looking at something. please don't mis-understand me, i'm not talking anything illegal. for example if you have never birds interesting, go to a museum, take a hike in a nature park, better yet go zip-lining! get in the trees and see the feathered friends close up...heck plenty of life is living up yonder :)
 
Jul. 1, 2012 5:11 am
I live with someone that doesn't like trying anything new. Me, on the other hand, I'll try anything different and new, might not like it but I will certainly see if I do. I always told my child "just try it you just might like it".
 
Jul. 1, 2012 9:32 am
I completely agree,ibbz. I think we should try new things as often as possible(and not just food!) I also think we should keep REtrying foods we think we don't like. Our tastebuds change all time. The more things you have on your list of foods you love -the easier life becomes. You can buy whatever's on sale, accept every invitation, eat at any restaraunt, and special diets become easier to work around when you have more options.
 
ibbz 
Jul. 1, 2012 11:38 am
You are all right about trying new things. And keep retrying because our tastes and taste buds change all the time. In fact, today my husband bought a bottle of what he thought was sweetened tea, but it was not and he loved it. He said he would not have thought tea without sugar would be good but was really surprised and in a good way.
 
Jul. 1, 2012 11:40 am
We have a 1 bite times 3 rule. The kids have to try a bite of something 3 times before they are allowed to "not like" it. If something is a bit adventurous, we will sometimes offer a $1 to the first one brave enough to take a bite. This week, I got the kids to try frog legs at our favorite buffet...They loved them! I have weird eaters though...the oldest loves broccoli and calamari but won't touch potatoes in any way shape or form...the youngest eats mustard like it's a food, not a condiment.
 
ibbz 
Jul. 1, 2012 11:52 am
Oh, yes, get them trying new things. You have some adventurous eaters there. And my grand daughter Zoe is the same about mustard. I swear that girl would put it on ice cream if I let her. And she loves vinegar, any kind. She just likes to sip it. I got the Bragg Brand that is natural and has the mother in it and she can't wait to have her little cup every day.
 
Jul. 1, 2012 5:41 pm
One rule at my dinner table when my son was growing up was that he had to taste everything. He was never asked to finish his plate and if he did not care for something there were no consequences. As a result he was never very picky but did become pretty discerning. He brought the house down by inquiring of a waitress whether they had roquefort dressing. She said of course they had bleu cheese. He said no, he wanted roquefort and he knew the difference. He was 15. I may have passed on the foodie gene by osmosis....LOL. His daughter was eating smoked oysters before she was 2 so it has been perpetuated. And as for guacamole, I'm a purist. Just lime juice, good sea salt and a few grindings of garlic pepper. But I often simply slice a perfectly-ripe avocado onto a piece of toasted sourdough and sprinkle on a little fleur-de-sel. Heaven. Now let's talk salsa :-) Happy 4th everyone!
 
ibbz 
Jul. 1, 2012 6:30 pm
OH, you are a goddess in the kitchen! Teach a child and show a child and they learn forever to be willing to try different things. Oh, the salsa be here!! Let's go for it.
 
Jul. 2, 2012 5:57 am
Perhaps it's not always what it seems. Remember the old adage about candy from strangers? Seems like some parents would put food demos in the same category. I like to try new things but not in stores from strangers. No offense, that's just me. I do get samples at my long visited grocer that are actually prepared by their staff. Some demo folks don't easily take "no thank you" as an answer and an "excuse" is the easiest way to politely move on. Unfortunately, you can get to the point where it's easier to just give the excuse right out of the gate.
 
Jul. 2, 2012 7:30 am
I used to like guacamole...but my taste buds rebel now and don't want anything to do with it!
 
ibbz 
Jul. 3, 2012 5:04 pm
Oh, I didn't like avocados until the last few years, now I just love them. My problem is that I used to love spiceyyyy foods, now my stomach doesn't arghhh.
 
Sep. 1, 2012 10:22 pm
Great blog! I think your taste buds change,too, and if you don't like something when your 12 or 20 doesn't mean you won't like it when your 40! RETRy things! I used to not like Gauc or cole slaw or raw oysters.... now I love all 3!
 
Sep. 1, 2012 10:26 pm
Hazelnut~Great minds think alike! lol
 
 
 
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My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
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