Okay, this somehow turned into food week here at IBC. I’m not quite sure how that happened, but don’t worry. I have some fun design / home posts planned for next week. – stay tuned.

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A couple weeks ago, my mom told me about a new bookazine that she picked up at the store. (A bookazine is a magazine that is basically a book. There are no ads so it’s a bit more expensive [but totally worth it].). The bookazine she bought is Cook’s Secrets, one of BHG’s special interest publications. I had a chance to flip through it at her house and was instantly obsessed. As the title suggests, it’s full of fabulous secrets to make the foods you love taste better, look prettier, and be less work in the kitchen.

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There are tips on how to make the best potato salad, boil the perfect egg, and make a velvety crack-free cheese cake. The list goes on and on. The bookazine also provides all sorts of useful culinary information such as picking the right kitchen knives and what type of salt to use with what foods / recipes. In my opinion, it’s a great publication and totally worth every penny.

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My mom and I even tested two of the recipes. She made the Asiago-Artichoke Dip and I tackled the classic, yet wonderfully delicious guacamole. In fact, that’s what I had for dinner last night. Today, I’m going to share the guacamole recipe and then once I get a chance to make the Asiago-Artichoke Dip, I will share that with you. It’s pretty amazing. Well, both of them are pretty amazing.

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The key to excellent guacamole is really fresh ingredients. Obviously, since it is the main ingredient, a ripe avocado is very important. Ripe avocados are heavy for their size and feel soft under gentle palm pressure. Beyond that, everyone has their own way of making guacamole. Personally, I like mine on the chunky side, so this recipe is perfection to me. I also turned up the heat a little bit by adding some fresh jalapeño.

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Okay, enough chatter, let’s get cookin’!

Chunky Guacamole

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and coarsely mashed.
2 medium roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 of a small red onion, finely chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lime juice (typically one lime)
1 medium jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Tortilla or pita chips for serving

Let’s get mixin’!

In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, red onion, garlic, lime juice, jalapeño, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gently stir in the mashed avocados.

Serve immediately or cover the surface with plastic wrap and chill for up to 8 hours. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

Easy and delicious, right?

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Being such a huge fan of this bookazine, I wanted to be able to share several copies with you. I made a few calls and got my friends at BHG to send me three copies to give away here on IBC! Woot, woot!
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So today, I am giving away a copy of BHG’s Cook’s Secrects to three lucky winners! As usual, I will be using Rafflecopter to manage this weekly giveaway because it makes the process super easy. The widget will appear below; just give it some time to load. If you want to see a video or read more about how to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway, click here.

All right, let’s do this!

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. (Those viewing this in an email or blog reader will need to visit the actual blog post by clicking here. The widget may not appear if you are on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.) Again, please allow a few moments for it to appear. Simply answer the question in the widget to be entered to win this fabulous prize! Bonus entries are available for following along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and BlogLovin’.

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While comments below are always appreciated, you must use the Rafflecopter widget above to be entered to win.

Good luck, everyone!

This giveaway is available to readers Worldwide. You must be over the age of 18 to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be randomly selected and will be named at the top of a post. I was not compensated to host this giveaway, but the amazing folks at BHG did provide the prizes.

Chunky Guacamole

By Michael Wurm, Jr. Published: June 26, 2013

    Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm



    1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, red onion, garlic, lime juice, jalapeño, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gently stir in the mashed avocados.
    2. Serve immediately or cover the surface with plastic wrap and chill for up to 8 hours. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.
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    • nova c. at

      The Asiago-Artichoke Dip and the guacamole look DELISH!!! thanks for sharing with us!

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        They are both so yummy, Nova! Must try!

        xo Michael

    • Brenda Kula at

      You make me want to cook more. You make food look so beautiful!

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Awww! Thanks so my Brenda!

        xo Michael

    • Carol Ann Firlik at

      Oh yum!

      Carol Ann

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


        xo Michael

    • Shari at

      This bookazine looks amazing! Thanks for such a great blog. I love your Pins on Pinterest, you have such great tips!


      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Thank you so much Shari!

        xo Michael

    • Christi at

      Yum! Just found your blog & Instagram, so inspired to bake something yummy now. (And dance a little!) 🙂

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Dancing is always good. 🙂

        xo Michael

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