Sep 4, 2017

Sutherland Farms in Aztec, New Mexico

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It's that time of year when green chile from Hatch, New Mexico makes its way into our northern New Mexican supermarkets. As hatch chile continues to become more and more popular around the country, competition between growers becomes a friendly but serious sport. After all, New Mexico is the 'Chile Capital of the World', as our license plates proudly state. 

I had heard from some locals that the chile at Sutherland Farms was a little better than Hatch. I thought to myself - that's impossible! I finally made the trip to Sutherland Farms to see what the fuss was about. The season for fresh roasted green chiles is quick, so you want to jump on it. It's way better in taste than getting frozen green chile from the supermarkets. 

So yesterday, we drove to Sutherland Farms to pick ourselves a bushel of roasted green chile. You can order mild, hot, or extra hot. Dori likes it extra hot. The grounds are charming, and the staff friendly. The roasted green chile is more expensive here, but since it's local we don't mind. Our bushel of green chiles lasts almost a year. We literally just finished our last ziplock bag of the old batch the same day we went for the new bushel.

We made ourselves some veggie burgers with the new Sutherland green chiles on top. French fries and a Marble IPA. It doesn't get more New Mexican than that! The verdict, Dori says it's better than Hatch. It was so hot for me that I couldn't make a good analysis. It was more like jalapenos. Green chile is very specific even if I only have Hatch to compare it to. After they sit a while and have been frozen, I'll come back to revisit the flavor.  


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Dori is happy to have her bushel of green chile


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I might have taken the New Mexican theme too far in this picture. Happy Labor Day!

Jul 9, 2017

New Mexico : The Land of Entrapment



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When I moved to New Mexico for a job in 2012, I was looking forward to a new adventure. Initially, I was going to be in New Mexico for a year and then transfer back to Vegas. I've been here 5 years now, and I keep finding an excuse to move. That's what I do, I'm a nomad - I pass through. I've heard people call New Mexico the land of entrapment. That makes me giggle. The official State Nickname is the "Land of Enchantment." When I first started working and living in New Mexico, I noticed people being nice here - especially if they were born and raised in New Mexico. I was telling a coworker from Chama, NM that people in New Mexico are so nice. He said to me, "It's because we are poor." That comment always struck me. Was that true? or is it because New Mexicans are so sparsely populated? New Mexico is a large state that can swallow its population whole. I feel like people here have had to really count on each other to survive. They seem more humble somehow. Am I right about my assumptions? Who knows. I'm sure there are probably 1000 more reasons why. And I thought.. if there are nice people here, then the crime rate would be lower. It's pretty high actually. That part I haven't figured out.

Another coworker, Linda, who made fun of me when I first started working with her. She's actually my best friend now. Who knew! There was a discussion at work about red and green chiles. I opened up my big mouth and said, "Do you plant red or green chiles Linda?" I didn't realize it was just as bad as making that Jessica Simpson comment about chicken of the sea. Well shoot! There are many varieties of peppers aren't there?! Oh no, red peppers are simply ripened green peppers. I knew that. Not! I read somewhere green peppers are why people move here and red peppers are what makes people stay. I just love roasted green peppers but I love red peppers too. I tend to order the christmas blend which is green and red peppers together. Peppers in New Mexico are a serious deal. The most asked question in New Mexico is - red or green? Another common question I was being asked in the beginning - Las Vegas, New Mexico or Las Vegas, Nevada? I would tell people my family lives in LAS VEGAS. Oh no, it's all about New Mexico. I seriously thought there was only one Las Vegas. Nope, there is a Las Vegas, New Mexico. Actor Patrick Swayze had a ranch outside Las Vegas, "New Mexico".

Here comes the french theme. I went to a lavender festival in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Yes, in New Mexico, not in South of France! Abiquiu, NM is Georgia O'Keeffe country (respectfully after the Native Americans). These natives, like me (in away), were nomadic, and knew good territory. I can see why Georgia fell in love with the area. It's truly enchanting. Seeing the lavender fields in New Mexico was breathtaking to say the least. It felt like going into a far away secret place. Lavender is new to the area. A part of the mediterranean in New Mexico. It just paired well together. My bestie, my spouse, and a lavender field under a hot sun...if New Mexico keeps this up, I might continue to be entrapped by this enchantment! Corny? Sorry. 




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Apr 6, 2016

French in the U.S.A.

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French Quarter - New Orleans

I've always wanted to go to New Orleans. Being half french, I have always been intrigued to experience the french culture in America. I finally got the opportunity. Dori's cousin was getting her PhD and she hadn't seen her in 15 years. The first Doctor in the family! Dori and her cousin also share a French Canadian grandmother. Who I spoke to in French before she passed. The graduation happen to be in New Orleans. Viola! We made it happen.

I have to say, New Orleans was nothing that I expected. At the same time, I didn't know what to expect. I can't compare this place to anywhere I've been - especially the French quarter. It's truly a unique place in America. My favorite part was the iron balconies lined up parallel to each other. The pretty plants surrounding the balconies with cafe chairs and tables definitely set up the French scene. I pictured myself sitting up in the balcony absorbing the view of the pedestrians pre Louisiana Purchase. What would've I seen?! Oh la la.

A few obstacles are always in store when traveling. This is part of the fun right? or is it? As a curious food person, having a cold on this trip was not a good thing. I couldn't taste! I was in New Orleans and I couldn't taste the food! It was also cloudy...except for one day. And, I just missed seeing a childhood friend because he was on his way to Puerto Rico. C'est pas possible! Despite that, the graduation went without a hitch. It was really fun and a fantastic trip with family. 
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Dori and I - 2016


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Music filled the streets.


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This is where we missed my friend. We were at his historic house  in the french quarter.


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Felicitation Susan!