Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fresh Chile Time

Freshly roasted green chiles
I can't help noticing how happy people are at our Farmers Market here in Clovis--and why not? The sun is usually shining, there are friendly people all around, and the food is fresh and wholesome.

In August, when the chiles arrive, however, the happiness is cranked up a notch. Smiling people patiently wait in the line to buy their buckets of chiles, and then in the next line to wait for the roaster, all the while trading recipes and breathing in that wonderful roasted chile aroma.

Here is my recipe for a perfect Saturday lunch: Bring home some freshly roasted chiles from the market. On the way, stop at the tortilleria for some fresh, warm tortillas. Place a peeled and seeded chile in the tortilla, grate a little cheese over the top, and warm the whole thing in the microwave until the cheese is melted.

Eat. Smile. Be happy you live in New Mexico.

4 comments:

Sylvia K said...

I'm a long way from New Mexico but I swear I can smell those chilies and I should have a bib on right now. Thanks for tickling the tastebuds!

Elizabeth (Beth) Westmark said...

We've spent a little time in Santa Fe and drove once up to the Colorado border then back down through Taos. What a gorgeous state. I loved the amazing colors, the food, the sky, air, and the people. And your lunch idea sounds like just my cup of tea.

AlisonL said...

Got my green chiles last night at Smith's. I could of stayed there all night just smelling the wonderful aroma of them roasting.

clairz said...

Sylvia and Elizabeth, I wish you both could be here, if only to breath in that wonderful roasting chile smell. Alison, congratulations on your first chile harvest in NM! When we were still back east, we had chiles shipped to us every year. It's so much easier now, and it costs way less.

But, I guess if you don't know about that incredible chile high, none of this enthusiasm makes much much sense...