Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Roasting Some Chiles!

This is the time of year for Hatch Chiles. Yum! I look forward to it every year. Central Market has a festival with a plethora of fresh Chiles for your roasting pleasure. Plus, they sell just about anything Hatch! My favorite is the Hatch Chile brownie and Hatch Chile scones. OMG. Oh, wait...also the Hatch Chile crab cake and Hatch Chile fajita wrap. Obviously I have more than one favorite. So, in order to enjoy my love of Hatch Chiles throughout the year I bought about 30 of them to roast and freeze. Roasting peppers is very easy peasy.

How to roast Hatch Chiles (any just about any other Chile pepper you want):

Place your Chiles directly on a preheated grill

Roast the Chiles until the skin begins to blister then turn. Continue to roast until all sides are blistered

Place in a large zip lock bag and seal. Leave the peppers in the bag for about 5 minutes. This process helps the skin to come off. Open the bag and place the peppers, one at a time, under cold running water and peel off the skin. You may want to wear gloves depending on how hot (spicy hot) your peppers are because your skin may be burned from the acidity of the pepper.

Once you have peeled your pepper you can put it in the freezer whole to preserve or you can slice and dice and serve!

If you choose to can your peppers  you will need to use a pressure canner so you don't succumb to food poisoning a few months down the line when you decide to eat them. 


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Smoothie Time

I've been trying to be as healthy as I can be for the past several years now. I enjoy being healthy and when I get off track I can certainly tell...and yes, I've been a bit off track lately. So, off to the market I went for a restock of my usual healthy items. About a year and a half ago my uncle, who is super insanely healthy it is just ridiculous (I only say that because I am jelly), turned me on to wheatgrass powder. Back in the day when I worked at a little coffee shop, we actually juiced wheatgrass, so I was already familiar with it. Since I don't have a backyard full of wheat grass or a wheat grass juicer...I opted for the powder and have been drinking it since. It really does make a difference. I have more natural energy, not like when I've had too much caffeine and feel like I'm going to jump out of my skin. It also gives my immune system s huge boost and helps get rid of any toxins that may be lurking about from that mexican food I had the other day. So, I decided to get creative with my wheatgrass and made smoothie. It's was yum!

You can get wheatgrass powder from your local health food store. I get mine from Sprouts.

Just blend half a banana, one cup of apple juice (I used a little less), one scoop of wheatgrass, and 1/4 cup of berries. Blend together and there you have it!


Sunday, August 12, 2012


Several weeks ago I got together with friends for a craft night. It was so much fun! We each worked on a project and had a few cocktails to boot. My project was to start working on knitting another pair of socks but for some reason I just could not get it together. I think I am going to have to start over. To me, socks are so hard to get started but when I get them is easy breezy. But, during a craft break we sad on the front porch and I notice the cutest planters hanging. I asked about it was the reply was "Macrame". It was adorbs. She had planters handing in a macrame plant hanger which she macrame'd herself. So yes people...I had to do it to.I found a great tutorial here. Beware, once you get started you will want to macrame everything. I feel that there will be many hand macrame'd gifts for Christmas in the future. I have had these really cute pots that I picked up on sale from Anthropologie several months back. They were perfect for this project! 

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