Super Fresh Guacamole

College is a time of discovery-including cooking for yourself for the first time. Though I became passionate about food and cooking at an early age, and tried to instill this in my own children, it was really never of much interest to them. My son could live off chicken tenders and Ramen, but does love a good bowl of homemade Gumbo when returning from Georgia Tech. My daughter is a pro at making bacon and scrambled egg whites, but has to have my famous chili each time she returns from the University of Alabama.

It was Caroline’s senior year of high school when I noticed her interest beginning to peak in wanting to cook; she began to bake and days were filled with the usual trial and error. This past December she really began to show some skills…until her new boyfriend who does love food and loves to cook received a sleek new knife set for Christmas, and Caroline ended up in the ER with six stitches in her thumb!

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This is where Nisa Burns steps in with her handy new cookbook for college students (really kids of all ages) called Kitchenability 101– The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy and Delicious Food. Nisa is also a speaker and culinary graduate.

The book is broken down into chapters; Orientation (including knife skills), Wake-Up call, Grab & Go, Choose Your Major, Amazing Grazing, Cram Sessions & Study Groups, and Party Menus. Filled with easy to make recipes packed with limited yet fresh ingredients, it is the perfect kitchen handbook for kids interested in cooking, especially those you are shipping off to college, or those already there!

Nisa Burns, a spring chicken herself, can relate to students and shares practical information and ideas for short-cuts in the kitchen, along with how to thrive in college on a budget- something offspring tend to tune out!

Super Fresh Guacamole

Today my Virtual Potluck team has gotten together and has you covered in the guacamole department, and so does Kitchenability 101!  We are pitching in to bring you delicious versions of mouth-watering avocado dips perfect for any party or tailgate . With the Super Bowl coming up, you will want to check  the links below to get each recipe.

Since I am reviewing Kitchenability 101, I am making Super Fresh Guacamole from chapter seven, page 140.

Makes four servings

Super Fresh Guacamole

What You Need:

  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • Juice of 1 medium-sized lime
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced small
  • 1 clove minced garlic

What You Do:

  1.  Mash up the avocados in a bowl
  2.  Add the lime juice and salt; mix well
  3.  Add the cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic; mix together


  1. Serve with your favorite chips-corn or flour
  2. How to core an avocado: Make sure the avocado is ripe by pressing with your thumb. If the skin gives in slightly, the flesh is ripe and ready to eat. Take a knife and sear through the flesh to the core. Cut around the entire length of the fruit, splitting in two halves. With the knife blade, tap the pit, twist, and pop the pit into the trash. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh from the shells.


I am really excited to be able to give two (2) copies of Kitchenability 101 away to 30A EATS readers thanks to PR by the Book!

To Enter!

Leave a comment below sharing your favorite college team, who you think needs the Kitchenability 101 book ( like my daughter for knife skills), or anything you would like to share about food!

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2. Stop by Kitchenability 101’s Facebook page and 30AEATS Facebook page. Leave a comment and come back here letting us know and we will be sure to read it!

3. Follow 30AEATS on Twitter and tweet “I want to win a copy of @Kitchenability 101!”

Good Luck!

Winner must have U.S. mailing address and when notified by email respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Contest begins today, Jan. 14 and will end at noon Jan. 21. A winner will be announced on Jan 21. Please make sure to check your spam box!

Virtual Potluck super Delicious Guacamole Recipes:

Virtual Potluck Guacamole Roundup:

Mango Guacamole  from Diabetic Foodie

Winter Citrus Guacamole  from Cooking with Books

 Guacamole with Fennel & Green Apple  from Food Hunter’s Guide

It’s Easy Being Green Guacamole  from Cookistry 

Pineapple Chipotle Mango Guacamole  from Thyme in Our Kitchen

Simply Delicious Guacamole  from Farmgirl Gourmet

Bacon-Ranch Guacamole Miss In The Kitchen

 More yummy photos from Kitchenability 101:

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon page 37
Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar page 93
Chicken Soup for the Tummy page 126

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31 thoughts on “Super Fresh Guacamole, Kitchenability 101 Cookbook Giveaways! #VirtualPotluck

  1. This looks super good. I’d give this to my mom who grows avocados.

  2. What a clever serving idea! We love guac. I’m always looking for new healthy recipes to cook for my family, so I know I’d get good use from the cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Texas A&M is my team!!! Love being part of the SEC! I would like to give this book to my son going off to school. Every girl loves a man that can cook!!!

  4. My college team is the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Just between you and I, my wife could use this book, probably every chapter in it. One of her New Year’s resolutions was to be more helpful in the kitchen but unless she is working in somebody else’s kitchen she has not kept up with it!!

  5. I’d give to my daughter who is heading off to college in a few months-

  6. WAR EAGLE! AND ROLL TIDE!..we are a house divided! Our youngest daughter (who needs this cookbook) attends a college without a football team but does have a great baseball and basketball program! Go CSU!!

  7. My daughter loves to eat my cooking but refuses to cook her self. She needs some simple ways toget started.

  8. My daughter has her first apartment and has discovered a love for cooking!

  9. Stanford and The Oregon Ducks. I’d love to give this book to my niece.

  10. UofK and UofL. This is for my University of Kentucky daughter who can’t understand why everyone is not a Foodie like herself and someday hopes to find a guy that appreciates good food and where it comes from.

  11. LSU, UT(TN), MSU(MS State). For my grandson attending LSU, loves to cook, learning new techniques & new dishes. Lives in a house with 2 other guys, he definitely needs all the help he can get. I have enjoyed many of your recipes. Anxious to try guacamole. A true Southern girl! Thank you!

  12. My son is getting ready to move out on his own and he’s a health nut who loves to work out. This cookbook is perfect for him!

  13. I’d like to give this to my son. He’s almost 14 and loves to be in the kitchen! Thanks!

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