Posted at 12:42 pm , on September 25, 2020
There are recipes that I’ve collected over the years that I have tucked away. Along with my hand written recipe cards and favorite cookbooks, I have kept some old magazines that have tried and true recipes that are like an old friend. I pull them out from time to time and the other day I came across an old Good Housekeeping magazine from March, 1988. On the cover is Elizabeth Taylor and one of the articles is on the International Hamburger Cookbook with recipes from countries around the world. I tried several of their recipes but the one that stands out is the Spanish Beef and Potato Pie. Throughout the years I’ve made this dish many times but I’ve added a New Mexican twist with roasted red and green chiles, often called Autumn roast, and seasoned with a green chile salt blend. It’s so delicious and makes a complete meal. Just yesterday Joe and I went to Sichlers and got some red and green chile. They roasted it separately but within the green batch there were several chiles starting to turn red. I was so happy to have a batch that I could freeze together for an Autumn roast blend. And the roasted red is so good this year, a bit hotter than the green but with that hint of sweetness that makes it so perfect. Earlier in the season we picked up a small amount of green chiles so I am beyond myself with the good fortune of having a variety of roasted chiles to experiment with. Hope you enjoy this NM Inspired Spanish Beef and Potato Pie, it is delicious, I promise!
Posted at 9:57 am , on August 28, 2020
Calabacitas is a staple side dish here in New Mexico. I wouldn’t say my version is traditional but it’s pretty close. I like to make myself a little batch this time of year when there is fresh corn and tomatoes available. I prefer zucchini squash over summer yellow squash, however I see many recipes with a combination of the two, and really how could you go wrong with either one. This was a side dish to chile rellenos and the next day I filled a couple tacos with the leftovers. It makes a really good vegetarian taco, just add some sliced avocado and queso fresco cheese. Calabacitas is a tasty side to any Mexican dish but it’s especially good when made with fresh ingredients. If you would like some additional ideas for how to incorporate calabacitas into other recipes you should go over to MJ’s Kitchen. MJ has made some wonderful meals including her latest Calabacitas Quiche.
Posted at 9:56 am , on October 25, 2019
There’s nothing I love more than Green Chile Sauce smothered over a favorite burrito, enchilada or navajo taco. I have been experimenting for years trying to mimic the taste found at our favorite restaurants. Here in NM you will find green chile sauce on the shelves of grocery stores, many from the restaurants that we frequently eat at. Trying to replicate that magical taste has always eluded me; until now. Nearly every recipe I find online or in cookbooks have the same basic ingredients of green chile, onion, garlic and salt with variations of spices, sometimes adding cumin or oregano. I’ve made them all and although they are good, they just don’t have that perfect taste and appearance that I’ve longed to make. When in doubt go to the ingredients listed on your favorite jar. I was surprised to find that every jar of green chile in my pantry listed lime juice and no onion. Of all the recipes I’ve tried there wasn’t a single one that added lime juice. The moment I took that first taste, it was like the genie had been let out of the bottle. Lime juice was the missing ingredient!
Posted at 9:57 am , on June 23, 2017
These twice baked breakfast potatoes are inspired by all those “Tasty” and “Delish” videos that my friends have been sharing on facebook. The videos last approximately 30 seconds and the end results are simply WOW. Recently I was inspired by the Idaho Sunrise video. I sometimes wonder why I didn’t think of that! So easy to make and appealing as well. I made some minor adjustments, deciding on a twice baked potato instead of discarding the center. Then I loaded the filling adding some butter, cheese and green chile. For a bit of texture I broiled the outer skin to make a crunchy boat. The baked egg on top sprinkled with bacon and chives makes a most scrumptious breakfast, don’t you think.
Posted at 3:03 am , on August 15, 2016
It’s been 5 years since I first posted our tradition of putting up green chile for the freezer. Time to update and revisit my favorite time of year. It’s the time when the big trucks drive up, the roasters come out and they start to unload those fresh Green Chiles from The Land of Enchantment. It’s Green Chile season and I’m in heaven. I’ve lived away from NM over 20 years and other than my family, chile season is the time I miss most with the aroma of roasted chile in the air. There’s nothing like it and the chile is so delicious right after it’s been roasted. Several years ago they started bringing in truckloads of Hatch Chile to one of the grocery stores here in the Kansas City area and roasting it outside on the weekends. Always before I had to ask my family back home to please put up some chile in the freezer for me. They always came through but it’s really special to be able to put up my own and experience the aroma and taste firsthand. This year they were especially meaty and hot.
Posted at 9:41 am , on July 22, 2016
I love burgers, all kinds of burgers, even burgers that take on a different identity. Occasionally I come across a menu that serves a burger with a fried egg on top. I’m not sure an ordinary burger with a fried egg is that appealing to me but I did start to consider the possibilities. The burger that kept coming to mind was an enchilada burger with a fried egg dripping yolk over the sides with melting cheese and a ground beef patty drenched in chile. I’m partial to red chile enchiladas, but Joe prefers green so I made one of each. There’s no way to pick these up and take a bite without something good dripping from you chin so it’s best to eat with a knife and fork. I promise, these burgers taste delicious and are by no means ordinary!
Posted at 9:51 am , on January 13, 2015
There’s nothing more comforting to this native New Mexican than a bowl of Green Chile and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes. Especially like today when the temp will be no higher than 10 degrees for the day. It’s frigid outside and I’m all about staying warm. A bowl of comforting potatoes with spicy Hatch green chile and cheese is the perfect side dish or in my case main dish to serve on a blustery day like today! These mashed potatoes with buttery creamy melting cheese and green chiles are something that I make quite often. I love them soooo much!! Ask any member of my family and they will vouch for me that I have an infinite love of potatoes that goes way back. I had a hard time coming up with a recipe because I don’t measure when I make mashed potatoes, I just make them. So this time I did my best to put together something on paper that would help recreate the bowl of comfort that I’ve enjoyed so many times. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have!
Posted at 9:02 am , on April 18, 2014
One thing my family always asks for is deviled eggs for Easter. It’s like a guilty pleasure that we indulge in every year and just wouldn’t be the same without a platter filled with them. I always make my “Classic Deviled Eggs” and I will again this year but the cook in me wants to try new things. I’ve always wanted to try this recipe that I’ve had tucked away for many years from Chile Pepper Magazine. It has all the ingredients a New Mexican would love with a little bit of green chile, chives, cilantro and lime juice. Combined with the cooked egg yolk a mixture of mayo and sour cream will make a savory filling which will be a perfect compliment to a sweet slice of honey ham.
Posted at 9:46 am , on November 4, 2011
We always save some of the biggest and best Hatch Chiles just for chile rellenos. I like the traditional rellenos stuffed with cheese. They can be stuffed with almost anything but there’s something about cutting into that batter fried chile and seeing all that cheese ooze out. You know it’s gonna be good! And they must have toppings. We had pico de gallo and chile pequin salsa but you can top yours with whatever you want. This recipe comes from “The Food of Santa Fe”.
Posted at 9:51 am , on October 13, 2011
You’d better come hungry because this is the ultimate burger with 2 patties of ground beef glued together with cheese and green chile. You may not see it now but within this burger lies a volcano of cheese and green chile just waiting to erupt. I found a recipe for a stuffed burger in Chile Pepper Magazine 1996 and ever since then my family has hounded me to make them again and again. The original recipe wrapped a couple strips of bacon around the patties so if that sounds good, go for it. I know that for me, I can only eat half, between the burger itself and all the toppings that are piled on it’s a lot for any one person but it’s sure fun to try. Continue reading