Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Friend's Fathers Questions

My foodie friend, Denise Molina, told her father I was from NM. He's a green chile fan.....he asked the following questions:

  • how do you roast your green chiles? I roast them 3 different ways depends on mood & weather: Broil, stove top griddle by Lodge (covers 2 burners) or outdoor want them roasted blistery w/the outer skin separated from the meat. Once you take them off the heat wrap them in a moist kitchen towel & put them in a large ziploc bag or wrap the bundle in suran wrap....this process steams the chilies...makes them easier to peel.
  • are the hatch green chilies available only seasonally? Yes..late July thru 1st week of September...I buy 20-30 pounds a year...roast them all & package them 10-12 chilies per freezer ziploc....I use them all year long. By the time the season comes around again I may have 2-4 pkgs left.
  • is there a substitute for their off season? You can purchase 'HATCH canned green chiles' all season...they will do but they have a slight citric acid taste. Fiesta & Central Market sell them.
  • do you ever grill skirt steak? Yes.
  • if so, how do you season? Equal parts mix: Teaspoon chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper....w/some olive oil rub meat & then w/the season mix...let it sit at least 1 hour to 24 hours.
  • do you have a recipe for making roasted green chile salsa? roast: 1 med onion, 3 tomatoes, 4 garlic cloves, 6 green chilies peeled...add all to blender plus 2 cups of water & 1 chicken bouillon plus 1 tsp pepper add salt to your taste if bouillon is not enough.....puree or make it chunky...your preference.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

No Call From CM

My recipe was not chosen....I did not get a call. Well. The recipe below 'Hatch An Enchilada Frittata' is divine. Try it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hatch An Enchilada Frittata

I just entered Hatch Chile Recipe Contest at Central Market. This frittata is soooooo good. I made a couple versions & this one is the best.

This is Latin Comfort Food at it's best. Each bite is nostalgic, tasting each ingredient & feeling the texture difference on your tongue. Egg, creamy milky cheese, spicy green chilies, sweet onions, a hint of garlic, toasty corn tortilla strips...yes you are going to love it.

Hatch An Enchilada Frittata

6 Eggs
2 tablespoons of cream
2 tablespoon canola
6 corn tortillas, cut into thin strips (no longer than 1 inch) & pan fried till crisp (or 2 cups of broken unsalted corn tortilla chips)
1 tablespoon butter
6 Hatch green chilies, roasted, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cube of chicken bouillon crumbled
¼ tsp pepper
3 oz of Muenster cheese cubed

Garnish: Sliced avocado & crispy corn tortilla slices

Whisk eggs & cream till mixture is light yellow, set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of canola to pan, pan fry the corn tortilla strips till crisp, remove & set aside. Add butter to pan, sauté onion, garlic, chicken bouillon, pepper & green chilies, for about 3 minutes. Add crisp tortilla strips and egg mixture to the sauté, coat all ingredients with egg. Once egg on edges is visibly cooked (about 3 minutes) but runny on top, top with cheese & gently fold the runny egg in the cheese, cook on low for 3 more minutes. Put the pan in the broiler for 5 minutes or till egg is set.
Cut into wedges & garnish. Can be served warm, room temperature or cold.

Note: a nonstick pan works best

Friday, August 14, 2009

Eating Local

What was I thinking "achievable?"... I thought honestly 'no problem''s tough. If I buy only local produce my family will not be served any bananas, oranges, get the picture. So the goal is to choose local when available.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Update On Organic Co-op

Never realized shopping for my own produce was such an intimate experience. I missed it. I have cancelled my membership for now and may resume later. Seems so silly after yearning for a co-op type of arrangement for a couple of years.

I am on a quest to eat local...local produce and local meats. When I say this I of course will not turn down an invitation to a party or dinner out due to not being local. I am choosing to shop for my family local. I am so close to Whole Foods & the downtown Farmers Market that an attempt seems achievable. I'll let you know.