You haven't heard as much about Weston up to this point because he's not as food-obsessed as his 11-year-old brother Emery. But he definitely has his likes (roast chicken, Caesar salad with homemade croutons, lettuce soup, bacon and cheese quesadillas, banana chocolate chip muffins) and his dislikes (chopping onions, anything spicy, my lovely salmon with mustard and tarragon, and most of what I've made for dinner in the past year).
What's more, Weston is a great sous-chef. He can saute, stir, whisk and flip. He doesn't rhapsodize about food the way his brother does, but in the kitchen, he gets stuff done. He knows he doesn't like chopping onions because one afternoon he chopped five pounds of onions for a stew we were making. After the first pound, when his eyes were tearing and his nose was running and he was clearly miserable, I offered to take over. He insisted on finishing. When he commits, he commits.
Our avocado tree bore more fruit than usual this year, and Weston, ever the daredevil, followed a climber friend up its branches a few weeks ago and picked a few dozen at once. The glut of ripe avocados five days later inspired Emery's spring scrambled eggs, about which I wrote recently. But still there were more. Unasked, Weston took on the task of making a daily guacamole to use up the avocados he had picked.
About the same time, Weston got his first email account. He emails his friends about Pokemon, his grandparents little love notes, me scheduling requests ("Can we go see the Percy Jackson movie this weekend?").
Unbeknownst to me, he also used his new email account to send most of the people in his address book his first written recipe - for guacamole. He didn't send it to me. Maybe he assumed I knew it by heart, as I'd seen him make it so many times. You'll notice it's very simple, very unadorned; don't let that put you off. It's delicious. Here it is, unedited:
Put the avocado in a bowl mash it 'till it's mushy then squeeze lemon into the bowl.(no seeds)put salt and pepper in 'till you think it's good enough.