What have you been eating lately? Here’s a quick overview of my month in food via Instagram photos! Follow me on Instagram and never miss a Recent Eat!
Hatch chiles are grown in Hatch, New Mexico and now and then, they show up at grocery stores across the nation due to the kind people at Melissa’s Produce. They are currently here in Richmond, VA and they will be in Virginia Beach soon. They say that the intense sunlight and cooler nights in the valley stretching along the southern-most blend of the Rio Grande result in a uniquely flavored chile. Hatch chiles are available in mild to medium hot heat and are only in season for about six weeks, so if you see them or they come to a store near you, you should get there quickly and stock up.
The grocery stores can roast the chiles for you or you can buy them raw and roast them yourself. I did some of each. Then, we made Mexican pizzas with a Hatch chile enchilada sauce and ground beef with roasted Hatch chiles. It was spicy, savory, salty and incredibly decadent. Continue reading
I think anyone aged 2-99 gets excited when they hear it’s pizza night. The Italian specialty has become an American staple. There is frozen pizza, delivery, food trucks offering artisan pies, and (my personal favorite) the home cooked variety. Pizza makes a great snack or finger food for sports watching, and kids love it just as much because they get to eat with their hands. When making your own pizza at home, you can get as complicated as you’d like. Sometimes, I will make my own pizza dough, often times I’ll buy it from a local vendor, and sometimes I’ll just go with a store bought dough. This time, we went super simple with store bought dough and store bought pizza sauce. To dress up our simple pizzas, I went to the local butchery and picked up two kinds of specialty meats, some mozzarella, and gorgeous oyster mushrooms. Continue reading