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Sunday, April 27, 2008

secrets





I mentioned Bueno, brand chile and it is a good one available all over the southwest and some specialty stores as well as the internet. Bueno was a small company many years ago that has had good success as the years progressed. I offer this chile to anyone and everyone including myself because it is easy to get. There are some chiles though that I use exclusively and they come from a small town in Northern New Mexico. Most people who like this kind of chile are familiar with Hatch chile. Hatch is a place in southern New Mexico that has the ideal climate and soil for truly spectacular chile - fresh green chile, but this chile that is grown in the mountains is best when dried and red. Long story short - I just ordered 10 pounds of bright red, super tasty, reeking of sunshine dried red chile powder. I wont tell you where since it is my secret and they dont have a web page so it wont be easy to find even if I tell you its a trading post in Chimayo, New Mexico. Whoops I told the secret. I am running out of the 5 pounds I brought back at Christmas. You can buy a brand called Chimayo Chile but its not the same, the stuff I buy comes in a ziploc bag. When its not in the freezer waiting for me it is in the coffee can I got from my grandmother more than 20 years ago. This coffee can was filled with my grandmothers dried and powdered red chile that she gave me as a going a way gift when I came to New York, sweet right? At the bottom is an old baggie with some of that chile, I just keep it there to remind me of my roots.

12 comments:

debbyd said...

those are the best kind of reminders

Dana said...

This reminds me of one of my favorite Chicago summer street vendor foods - Elote. Are you familiar with it??

doggybloggy said...

debbyd: it sure is isnt it?

dana: yup....but FYI elote means 'corn on the cob'

Anette said...

How sweet about your grandmother!
My love for Larch trees is because my grandmother had big larch trees in her garden. My post about the Larchs, the one tree that would be me, thats a tree which came from her garden when I was one year old, its my tree (if a tree can be anyone's) and I feel it's a link to her garden, and to her..

buffalodickdy said...

Penderys' out of Texas has pretty good stuff, and a good selection..

Dana said...

DB, I know! But here they serve it with the chile powder!

doggybloggy said...

dana: I know and sometimes mayo and a sprinkle of -what looks like-parmesean and then depending, it could have a squeeze of lime.

doggybloggy said...

coming soon: doggyblends, chile concoctions to fit your own personalities...try it you will see....I will send a blend to and unique to Beth and Buffalo accordingly to convince you.

Kitt said...

Aw, that's a sweet (and spicy!) remembrance.

Been meaning to visit Chimayo ...

TavoLini said...

that's a good story!

My grandma used to send me coffee cans full of cookies ;)

Beth said...

roots are good....my aunt made the best sauce and homemade pasta...she's gone now and I don't have the recipe. :( It was GOOD!

Barrie said...

You hang onto a baggie with chili. And I'm hanging onto a book.

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