Cinco de Mayo Lures Celebrity Chefs into Releasing Avocado Salsa Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo is by far America's most popular Latin holiday with celebrations featuring authentic food, libations and music. The day also marks one of the most popular times of the year for California avocados. This year Cinco de Mayo has also appealed to celebrity TV chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the Border Grill Girls, who have released their favorite gourmet Avocado Salsa Recipes for public enjoyment. "Avocado salsa is by far one of our most popular items," says Susan. "We prefer the Hass avocado variety from California," explains Mary Sue. "It has a richer, nuttier flavor that helps smooth out the chile heat in salsa."

Cinco de Mayo is by far America's most popular Latin holiday with celebrations featuring authentic food, libations and music. The day also marks one of the most popular times of the year for California avocados.

Not only are avocados essential for guacamole, they are blazing new trails as a key ingredient in fresh salsas and gourmet foods. Avocados add luxurious texture and lively color to salsa and transform otherwise ordinary celebrations into fiestas. Avocado salsas complement grilled meats, add spice to tacos and tostadas and are especially enjoyed as a zesty dip.

If ever there were ambassadors for Mexican cuisine, celebrity TV chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger would certainly be nominated. Known as the Border Grill Girls, they have been presenting the bold foods and flavors of Mexican food for over 11 years, with gourmet panache. Chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, radio and TV personalities, Mary Sue and Susan know how to throw a fiesta with salsa and California avocados.

"Avocado salsa is by far one of our most popular items," says Susan. "It's not surprising that avocados are perceived as party food -- our customers light up when they are on the menu."

Salsa is the standard for fiestas on so many levels. It can mean both spicy food and sultry music. Salsa, the food, is fresh, takes minutes to prepare and makes a Latin party authentic - all qualities that can also be used to describe California avocados. Salsa, the music, is an energetic mixture of latin and carribean beats - also words to describe the origin of the spicy dip.

The chefs' first rule in making salsas is that everything must be fresh. Strong, simple flavors and the freshest ingredients make for authentic salsa. Most traditionally start with a tomato base and end with any one of a variety of chiles for spice. Everything in between can range from citrus fruits, sweet berries, roasted vegetables and especially avocados.

"We prefer the Hass avocado variety from California," explains Mary Sue. "It has a richer, nuttier flavor that helps smooth out the chile heat in salsa."

Chefs Mary Sue and Susan have developed a collection of avocado salsa recipes adapted from their menus and five cookbooks. This Cinco de Mayo create new salsa tastes that will dance deliciously in your mouth.

For more California avocado recipes and tips on how to plan a perfecto fiesta visit http://www.avocado.org/vivacalifornia/. For more information on chefs Mary Sue and Susan, visit http://www.bordergrill.com.

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