"Add peas to your guacamole. Trust us," the New York Times tweeted yesterday, to which the Internet responded emphatically, "Hell, no." In what Consumerist calls a stern lesson that "guacamole should not be despoiled by the likes of the pea," commenters urged the NYT to delete the advice—and perhaps its account—and told it to "go home, it's drunk." Under the hashtag #NYTrecipes, dozens of other "winning combinations" were offered, including adding potatoes to your ice cream, Thousand Island dressing to your milk, or, "broken glass in your tunafish," Poynter reports.
The uproar generated puns like "Guac-a-NO-le" and brought together some unlikely allies, the Guardian reports. President Obama weighed in, tweeting "respect the nyt but not buying peas in guac," while the Texas Republican Party accused the NYT of "declaring war on Texas" with the peas suggestion, and Jeb Bush tweeted, simply, "You don't put peas in guacamole." But adding peas gives an "intense sweetness and a chunky texture to the dip," according to the NYT recipe, which started out at ABC Cocina. The New York City restaurant tells the Guardian that the chef who thought it up "has decided to pass on the opportunity to comment on this issue." (Jack White wasn't happy about his team's guacamole recipe being shared.)