Whether or not he is originally from our world, Alex turned 25 yesterday. If he hadn’t been so insistent that we acknowledge the day, I would have just let is pass as another stepping-stone on the six-month countdown from Christmas to my birthday. In any case, we decided to celebrate the culmination of Alex’s youth like real grownups with a quiet dinner at home. We popped a bottle of sparkling wine and settled in for classy supper for two.
I prepared a two-course menu of nachos and molten chocolate cake. What? Nachos aren’t classy enough for you? Well, you aren’t eating the right nachos. These nachos are super.
Birthday nachos begin with El Milagro chips and Chihuahua cheese—top-quality Mexican ingredients for my top-quality Mexican button. Black beans stand in for meat and Greek yogurt replaces sour cream, adding two super foods to this birthday extravaganza. To top off the triangular bites of glory, I made Alex’s mom’s guacamole. This isn’t the over-garlicked, tomato-packed guac of your last block party. It is zesty with lime and full of fresh cilantro flavor. Plus, avocados add a third super food to the lineup. If you count the chips as whole grains, these nachos hit four super foods! ...probably just the first three count. Still, that’s pretty good.
Imagine the perfect mouthful: melty crunchy tangy smooth. Nachos!
No birthday is complete without cake, so I gave the “molten” minis another shot and—birthday miracle!—they came out with chocolate lava centers.
Recipe successipe, grownups for the win.
Two or three ripe avocados
Juice of one lime
A handful of coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
A few splashes of Tabasco
Salt to taste
Smash it all up and eat it.