Posted at 8:49 am , on August 13, 2013
If you didn’t know by now, I love all kinds of salsa! It’s the perfect time to get those plump red juicy home grown tomatoes that you just can’t get any other time of year. If you can’t grow your own, farmers market tomatoes are the next best thing. I found some big meaty tomatoes at the farmers market, and they made the best salsa! I would have roasted everything outdoors but on this day it was rainy and dreary so I had to make due and roast on top of the gas stove. It worked out just fine, the house was filled with the aroma of roasting chiles, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The salsa was terrific on the zucchini fritters and I took care of the rest with a bag of tortilla chips!
Posted at 8:10 am , on July 9, 2013
I call this burger the Santa Fe, loaded with cheese, green chile, grilled onions, tortilla strips and guacamole. Red Robin used to offer a similar burger that had pepper jack cheese and a whole roasted poblano. It was my favorite thing on the menu and when they discontinued it I was determined to make my own version. I love big burgers with layers of flavor in every bite. I think I’ve found it in this burger! It also reminds me of New Mexico where you will find the best green chile and cheese burgers on earth!
Posted at 8:45 am , on June 21, 2013
Looks sinful huh! Actually it doesn’t seem that bad after the Kookamonga burger challenge Joe and I witnessed in Memphis. We went to this little joint called Kooky Canuck where they make these monster burgers filled with 4, 6 or 8 pounds of ground beef alone. We watched while a young couple (ironically they were from KC) attempted the 2 person challenge of eating a burger with 6 pounds of meat loaded with an additional 6 pounds of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and bun. If they completed the challenge in 1 hour or less they ate for free. I knew they were doomed when it was announced that the burger was a mere 18,000 calories. If you could see the eyes on the young girl, you would know she was about to freak out! So while we may be in a butter coma for the evening, I think we’ll survive. As long as we don’t do this very often. Once a year or so I treat my guys to a steak dinner with all the trimmings and Father’s day seemed like the perfect time. Firing up the grill for some grilled corn on the cob and a medium rare rib-eye steak is about as good as it gets, but add a little herb butter and you’ve got something extra special. You certainly don’t have to add green chile, but it sure does spice it up. I planted some herbs earlier in the Spring that are coming along quite nicely so I snipped some chives, parlsley and thyme plus I had some cilantro in the fridge. Along with some salt and green chile this butter makes any meal special. Just don’t do it too often!
Posted at 8:27 am , on October 5, 2012
There’s nothing more comforting to a New Mexican than a bowl of Green Chile Stew. On our recent visit to Santa Fe, Joe and I sat down at a little sidewalk cafe to share a tamale and a bowl of green chile stew. It was a rainy day with a chill in the air so a bowl of stew sounded wonderful. The pork was tender, the chile was hot with big chunks of potato and a hint of cilantro. It really hit the spot. Joe mentioned again and again how good that stew was that I took it as a hint that I should make up a pot when we got home. I started making this recipe years ago when Joe and I lived in Albuquerque and it always reminds me of home.