What in the world should I cook tonight?

August 30th, 2009
by: Blue

I picked up my annual 40 lbs. of Hatch Green Chiles yesterday.  Hot, not mild,  por supuesto.  THANK GOD!  I ran out about a month ago, it was a very sad day.  Took them home and froze them with loving care, we’ll be enjoying these all year.  Por supresto I had to make something with Hatch Green Chiles last night (and today).  Last night I made Green Chile Cheeseburgers.  Today I decided to redefine the leftover burgers I had, and made Green Chile Chili (no, it’s not redundant). 

These recipes are also pantry recipes – where I go shopping in my own pantry, figure out what I have and how I can creatively use the stuff I’ve already paid for or cooked.   I am great at this, but it’s only because I’ve learned from the master, Sue.  Sue can redefine rice, or anthing else, at least 50 different ways in the flash of an eye!  In these times it’s a great skill to have.   

There are those that shun canned ingredients, but I think having them on hand is not only smart but economical.  One of my favorite ham salad recipes from Sue uses Spam!  Damn!  Really – I made  it for my boys one night.  Por supuesto I did not tell them what it was – and they loved it.  It just goes to show that deception, when it comes to cooking and children, es algo muy bueno.

Produce is OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive and sometimes you just don’t feel like grocery shopping, yo.  Do yourself a favor and keep  your essential items in the pantry or the freezer.  Blue and Sue are known for browsing the grocery aisles at Big Lots for the latest marked down gourmet items (they are there, people, get in the car and GO!!).  Now, on to the recipes.

Green Chile Burgers

Green Chile Chili

2 Responses to “What in the world should I cook tonight?”

  1. Sue on August 31, 2009 10:22 am

    This is my favorite time of year! The bounty of the harvest is in full swing with squash, potatoes, okra, tomatoes, peppers, berries, watermelon, cucumbers all plentiful and delicious. Enjoy!

  2. Amelia on September 9, 2009 12:29 pm

    I totally agree about having stuff on hand. We’ve been picking blackberries and freezing them, and we’re about to do a tomato canning, beet pickling, jam making sesh tomorrow. I’m pretty excited to think about having them later in the winter. Last year a friend and I canned 40 lbs of tomatoes from the farmers market, so awesome. :)

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