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Ask Aunt Nettie

We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.

To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, .

Dear Aunt Nettie,

I really need your help! My fiancé is coming home from a long business trip next month, and I want to welcome him back with a great dinner and a fabulous dessert. I've got the dinner part figured out, but what I need is that special dessert that won't take all day to fix. I've looked through my vegetarian cookbooks, but everything looks so complicated. Hellllp!


Marnie, Child,

Now calm yerself down and don't get to frettin' 'cause I knows the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I've got some fixin's here that'll set his heart to flutterin' quick as he takes one bite. This one's easy as pie, well, acshully, it's quicker 'n pie. There's only four ingredients. Now, how's that fer easy. The trick here is ta serve it in some purty, long-stem wine glasses - now that's mighty fine romancin' if I say so myself.

Now I know yer gonna look at this recipe 'n start a-wonderin' if Aunt Nettie's gone plum loco puttin' avocado into a dessert. Trust me, darlin', an' you'll see, yer honey will be beggin' fer more. That l'il ole avocado makes this dessert jes' a-melt in yer mouth like it was satin. The lime makes it nice 'n tangy, and the sweetener, well, it jes' touches the heart. Now, you jes' set a-while 'n catch yer breath so's you kin enjoy yer yerself with that special man 'o yers.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie


Flesh of 1 medium avocado, chilled
Juice of 1/2 lime, chilled
3 T. evaporated cane juice
3 T. soymilk

1 t. crushed raw pistachio nuts

  1. Combine all ingredients in the blender and start machine on low speed. You may have to stop the machine and redistribute the ingredients several times. Process until consistency is fully pureed and creamy light.
  2. Spoon into 2 small custard cups, demitasse cups, or long-stem wine glasses and garnish with crushed pistachios. Serve to 2 fortunate dessert lovers.

If You Haven't Met Aunt Nettie. . .

Our Aunt Nettie has a head like a hard disk. It's filled with gigabytes of information about food and cooking. And she's just itchin' to share her learnin' with city folk who live in mortal fear of the stovetop.

Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.

Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.

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