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Maybe it’s because I grew up in California with parents who were Southern California natives, but avocados have always been a part of my diet. We had them on salads, in omelets, as guacamole, and, of course, we had avocado toast before it was a cultural phenomenon. (When Mom didn’t feel like working hard for a meal, the suggestion might be “Want some avocado on toast?” Of course we did!) Lately, I’ve realized that perhaps my California avocado-loving roots have … Read More
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