In my family, my mother is the person everyone thinks of as the culinary genius. But Aunt Sarah, my namesake, is no slouch in the kitchen, herself. She’s the slightly bohemian, artsy one of the four siblings (Uncle Henry’s the wild card, and Uncle John’s the…youngest one). She moved to San Antonio over a decade ago for the big-city-that-feels-like-a-small town vibe, the great arts & crafts scene, and (I’m convinced) the fact that no matter where you stand in the city, you could throw a rock and hit a restaurant boasting some of the best Tex-Mex food you’d ever want to eat.

Over the years, Aunt Sarah has picked up some pretty stellar Tex-Mex recipes and made the dishes her own. Regardless of what she might be preparing as the main dish, whenever I went over to her house for dinner, I knew there’d be a massive bowl of her special guacamole somewhere within chip-dipping distance. I am a HUGE fan of guacamole and The Avocado in all its incarnations, but Aunt Sarah’s guac recipe includes a couple ingenious ingredients not found in the run-of-the-mill versions. I’ve prepared it for friends in Boston, New Hampshire, and California, and people love it so much they will duke it out over the last bite. To help you avoid the fist fights and hair pulling between your own friends and family members, here’s a recipe that will produceĀ  a big bowl…

Auntie Sarah Guacamole

5 ripe avocados, diced or “smooshed”

2 roma tomatoes, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

1 small red onion (or 1/2 a larger one), diced

1 fresh jalepeno, finely diced

juice from 1 lime

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice (use the actual fruit, people; not from the carton)

1/2 cup (or more, depending on how cheesy you like it) crumbled feta cheese

Mix it all together in a big bowl to the desired consistency (Auntie Sarah makes it kinda chunky), put it out with your favorite tortilla chips, and get ready for the stampede.

Auntie Sarah with Doo, my adorably disgruntled grandfather

Auntie Sarah with Doo, my adorably disgruntled grandfather