A Guide to Southern New Mexico Chile

Technorati Tags: food,chile Welcome to Southern New Mexico! You have ventured upon the hottest spot in the U.S.A. I’m not talkin’ solar heat. I’m talkin’ chile fire. Chile peppers are the Land of Enchanters’ mysterious and highly addictive vegetable that may cause brows to sweat, noses to run, eyes to tear, and alas, guttural hiccups upon overdose. It’s a painfully pleasant experience we welcome many times daily. Not only do we devour the hot little number but we chile chat [...] Read more »

Discover Hatch, NM - and its annual Chile Festival

Roasting chilies at the Hatch Chile Festival Photo by Carla DeMarco. Just when the rest of New Mexico begins to cool at the dawn of autumn, Southern New Mexico begins to sizzle. The fiery happenings begin on Labor Day Weekend when the normally pacific village of Hatch is transformed into blissful pandemonium. Hatch, known as the Chile Capital of the World, lies in the fertile Rio Grande valley, some 30 mostly-arid miles northwest of Las Cruces. The tiny town is [...] Read more »

Celebrate Chiles at the Hatch Chile Festival

Chile is not going to come and go, like kiwi fruit. It’s going to stay, like rock’n'roll. — Paul Bosland, "Mr. Chileman," New Mexico State University Hatch, New Mexico calls itself the "Chile Capital of the World" Chile is surely not going to go away in tiny Hatch, New Mexico. As a matter of fact, there’s a bit of a frenzy this time of year. It’s just the annual Chile Festival in Hatch, a forty-minute drive along the Rio Grande [...] Read more »

Chile Remedies for a Hangover

Technorati Tags: chile,food,hangover,general interest Every New Years Eve we promise ourselves not to overindulge in “spirits,” but alas, it does happen. So if you’re reading this article in bed with an ice pack on your head and Pepto Bismol on the nightstand, consider yourself a self-induced victim of a hangover, or as they say in Spanish, of el crudo. No known cure for your misdeed exists, but the good news, say astute home chefs, is many recipes can dramatically ease [...] Read more »

Windsurfing — a little practice is all it takes

A windsurfer at Caballo Lake, a favorite haunt for “wave riders” Photo by Ed Conley. Is windsurfing a popular sport in this desert land of ours? Travel only as far as Caballo Lake on any breezy day and you can witness a dozen or more windsurfers (also known as boardsailors), sporting wide smiles on their wind-blown faces, as they glide seemingly effortlessly over the white capped waters. Most of these sailors are members of the Southern New Mexico Windsurfing Club, [...] Read more »

Cactus Memories and Prickly Pear Recipes

Technorati Tags: cactus,food,recipes “Back up, honey. No, a little bit more. If you step back a little bit, and to the left in front of the cactus, I’ll get a better shot,” I said to my husband, peering through my camera’s viewfinder. Just when I was ready to snap the photo, Ed let out a “Yow!” A jackrabbit, whose long ears poked regally through a creosote bush, suddenly leaped out. Startled by the commotion, the hare used his Herculean hind [...] Read more »

Allergy problems? Eat chile!

Technorati Tags: chile,allergies,allergy,misc,food “It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or think you can do. There’s a confrontation with destiny awaiting you. Somewhere, there is a chile you cannot eat.” — Daniel Pinkwater, A Hot Time in Nairobi The poor souls who suffer from allergies, whose symptoms range from a stuffy nose and itchy eyes to profound sneezing, often depend on over-the-counter potions for temporary relief. But not true-blue New Mexicans. Land of Enchantmenters grab our home [...] Read more »

The Whole Enchilada Festival — staggering amounts of food and fun

Imagine this staggering grocery list: 750 pounds of stone ground corn, 175 gallons of vegetable oil, 75 gallons of red chile, 175 pounds of grated cheese, and 50 pounds of onion. Well, chile lovers, this is what it takes to conjure up the world’s largest enchilada, which you can watch being prepared and then devour at the culmination of The Whole Enchilada Festival (TWEF) on Sunday, October 3 in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall. The festival is New Mexico’s 4th [...] Read more »