This is the Best Guacamole Recipe Ever Because it Has Tequila

first_imgWhen it comes to party-ready dips, there are few that can top a good, homemade guacamole. The mix of creamy avocado, fresh cilantro (if you’re one of those who hate cilantro, well, we can right here and now agree to disagree), and just the right amount of spice makes guacamole pretty much the perfect thing to put on a chip.The great thing about guacamole, too — aside from its Aztec roots and the fact that the word comes from the Nahuatl words āhuacatl, which means “avocado,” and molli, which means “sauce”— is that it is both super easy to make and customizable to your tastes. If you like it spicy, you can sure as heck have a spicy AF guacamole by finding your favorite pepper (habaneros for us) and adding that in (don’t want to deal with peppers? Just add your favorite hot sauce). If you hate cilantro (or it tastes like soap to you), well then you don’t have to add it — even if you will be missing out. How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Steak in the Oven Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Editors’ Recommendations Method:Cut avocados in half longways and twist to separate. Take out the pit and scoop the meat into a bowl. (Tip: Score the avocado in a cross pattern with a knife to make this easier. Alternatively, you can invest in one of these avocado knives.)Add onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper and tequila. Mix. If serving immediately, add tomatoes. If you are making the guacamole in advance, wait to add tomatoes until you are ready to serve — they will lose their flavor the longer they sit.For an added kick, add chili pepper. The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Amy Ellis PhotographyWhen it comes to our tastes here at The Manual, we love all of the stuff above, but we also love something else equally: putting booze in our food. With that in mind, we took one of our favorite dips and booze-ified it.Below, you’ll find a recipe for a tequila-spiked guac that will be the hit at the next party. Just make sure you put the tequila in with the other ingredients and not directly into your mouth while making it.(That being said, if you want to do that, just make sure you have enough tequila! Need some ideas for what bottle of agave to buy? Here are some options if you’re looking for a value buy. If you’re looking for a sipper to go with your guac, check out these buys.)Tequila-Spiked GuacamoleAmy Ellis PhotographyIngredients:2 ripe avocados2 tbsp minced red onion2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped1 tbsp lime juice1 tsp black pepper.5 tsp salt.25 – .5 beefsteak tomato, diced with seeds removed.5 oz blanco tequila.5 red chili pepper (or a habanero, if you want it really hot), seeds removed and minced (optional) 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know last_img read more

Stop the presses Newspapers snubbed in Liberal governments cultural policy

VANCOUVER — The Canadian government’s new cultural strategy all but snubs so-called legacy media, industry experts say, and left out some key measures that could have given a boost to struggling newspapers expected in the lead-up to the long-awaited announcement.“I’m disappointed that the minister didn’t spell out more specifically her support for news media in Canada,” said Bob Cox, chair of News Media Canada, a group representing more than 800 print and digital media titles in the country.He was one of several voices lobbying the government to grow the Canadian Periodical Fund, which supports magazines, periodicals and local newspapers, from $75 million a year to $350 million.But Heritage Minister Melanie Joly left little doubt Thursday that the Liberal government finds little favour with traditional print news models.“Our approach will not be to bail out industry models that are no longer viable,” she said. Instead, the government will focus on supporting innovation, experimentation and the transition to digital platforms.The new framework doesn’t increase the amount of money in the fund, but will expand who is eligible to receive money, such as digital-only periodicals.All that means, says Cox, is that more organizations will be fighting over an already limited amount of money.“We didn’t get anything we were asking for,” he said.The group will make recommendations to the department about how to restructure the fund and how to support innovation and transition going forward, Cox said.Ottawa is ignoring an ongoing crisis in Canadian newsrooms, he said, and the onus remains on newspapers to create solutions and reinvent themselves as newsrooms are racked with layoffs and dwindling ad revenues.“The idea that there should be public support for our newsrooms is really off the table now and that’s disappointing,” he said.The government’s commitment to news media through changes to the periodical fund is quite vague, said April Lindgren, an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism in Toronto.“I think that they’re taking a very much hands off let the market sort it out approach,” she said, adding that public opinion is divided on government subsidies to news media.She thought the federal government might embrace some tax changes to make it easier for news organizations to operate as non-profit organizations and receive funding from foundations.Removing obstacles to philanthropic financing was one of several recommendations that came out of a report from the Public Policy Forum in January. The minister ordered the study as part of a broader review of Canada’s media landscape.Lindgren said she’s surprised the government didn’t make such changes.While the policies relating to news media are vague at this point, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey gleaned some positive elements.“Some of the things I’m pleased with is some consideration being given to innovation and experimentation,” he said.The government said it “will give consideration to ways to better support innovation, business development, start-ups and export,” which it will present next year.Postmedia is actively involved in innovation, Godfrey said, pointing to the organization’s launch of a digital development lab at Communitech Hub in Waterloo, Ont., in 2016. A development team there focuses on developing products for the company’s digital portfolio, among other things.While it’s unclear whether any funding will be made available or what the guidelines for it would be, Godfrey said he hopes Postmedia would qualify for any funding available.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter read more

Young entrepreneurs encouraged to apply for development program

What do you get when you combine a business idea with passion and motivation?A young entrepreneur’s recipe for success.Applications are now open for the sixth annual Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship (KSE) program by Goodman Group Venture Development at Brock. The program is aimed at young entrepreneurs from Niagara looking to expand their business ideas and advance their early-stage entrepreneurial aspirations.“You don’t need to know anything about entrepreneurship,” says Cassie Price, Venture Development Co-ordinator. “All you need is a business idea and to be passionate about it.”The program provides 35 ambitious entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29 with free access to “boot camp” training sessions, resource connections, monthly training seminars to develop skills and knowledge about entrepreneurship and mentorship services. Program participants will also have regular meetings with staff from Venture Development to develop a plan of action and future steps to support business growth.The KSE program helps applicants determine whether or not their business idea is viable and if entrepreneurship is something they want to pursue.Successful candidates will have a strong understanding of what they want to gain out of the program and will be willing to put in the work required to turn their idea into a reality.Interested candidates are encouraged to submit an application for the 2019-20 cohort through the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship website. For more information, please contact Cassie Price at The deadline to submit is Friday, Sept. 20 at 11:59 p.m. read more