Start with plain guacamole, chunky or smooth; then mix in your favorites from a long list of choices (photo © McCormick).
 DIY guacamole provides a variety of mix-ins; here at Cocina 214 in Winter Park, Florida (photo © Cocina 214).
 You can go fusion-style, too. Here, Argentinian-style guacamole, with grilled beef (photos #3 and #4 © Avocados From Mexico).
 Head to Asia with this guacamole blended with Korean spices.
 This glass Lazy Susan, at 40 inches wide, is ready to party (photo © Kohl’s).
 Ready, set, go avocado (photo © Aldi).
Guacamole is one of those foods that gets lots of attention around the Super Bowl and Cinco de Mayo, and September 16th, which is National Guacamole Day.
But we love it all year around.
We keep an eye out for sales on avocados—when a large lot of them are already ripe at the grocer and will be too ripe to sell in another day or two.
Since there are so many ways to embellish guacamole, our favorite is a DIY garnish buffet.
We serve using a turntable—our Nana’s large Lazy Susan, a revolving tabletop server that enables each person to spin it to get to a favorite item without needing to ask someone to pass it.
The Lazy Susan has gone out of fashion, except for the plastic versions made for easy access to cabinet storage (we keep our spices on two double-stack turntables).
Today, a large Lazy Susan like Nana’s seems to be found mostly at restaurant supply stores; although we did find this glass version at Kohl’s (photo #5).
For a party, you can instead spread the garnishes out on a buffet or table.
For a family dinner, simply say, “Please pass the pineapple.” (We serve guacamole and chips as an appetizer.)
RECIPE: DIY GUACAMOLE OR AVOCADO BAR
To serve DIY guacamole, all you have to do is mash the avocado. Then supply bowls large enough so that each person can add the avocado and mix-ins and blend them together.
For an avocado bar, use avocado slices instead of mashed avocado.
Bell peppers, diced
Black olives, sliced
Chives, cilantro and/or parsley, fresh, snipped
Cotija or feta cheese, crumbled
Garlic, minced or garlic chips
Jalapeño or other chile, sliced
Mango or pineapple, small dice
Roasted red pepper (pimento), diced
Red onion or scallions, thinly sliced
Tomatoes, small dice or halved grape tomatoes
RECIPE: DIY GUACAMOLE
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Green goddess dressing
Sweet chili sauce
Crema or sour cream
Balsamic glaze for drizzle
Crumbled cotija cheese
Grilled sliced chicken or meat, fajita-style, or grilled shrimp
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