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Pumpkin Empanadas

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Pumpkin empanadas may not be on everyone’s Thanksgiving table, but this is a staple in many Southwest and Mexico homes. It’s a sweet pastry, so if you’re thinking of adding something new to your Thanksgiving or Christmas table – this is the dish! And they’re also great the next morning with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Roasting Hatch Chiles

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Hatch chile season is super short (Aug-Sept) which makes obtaining them half the fun! The soil and growing conditions in Hatch, New Mexico, create a unique flavor in the chiles grown there. In 2012, a law was passed that only chiles grown in this New Mexican valley can be labeled ‘Hatch’- which protects the local farmers and economy. These Hatch chiles are from Gillis Farms.

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sandwiches/ vegetarian

Veggie Pita and Eco-Friendly Lunchbox Ideas

vegetable pita Yep, it’s that time again… school lunches!  What the heck to come up with for the next 9 months? Although my daughter could easily eat peanut butter and jelly everyday, I do prefer to give her a bit more variety then that.  And please don’t tell me you still use paper bags and plastic baggies that fill up the trash cans/landfills day in and day out?  (Do you feel a lecture coming on?)

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vegetarian

Browning Bananas?

browning bananas

Are your bananas getting a bit brown? You did know you could freeze these bad boys, right? Don’t laugh… I just figured this out a few years ago! There is way too much food waste in this world so don’t throw them out, freeze them!

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sides/ vegetarian

Candied Jalapeños

candied jalapeños

I feel like every time I go out back, there are more jalapeños popping up in my garden. They are going crazy right now and there are a ton of new buds forming as well. They have different heats at different stages and our favorite right now is when it’s transitioning from green to red.  That almost purplish-brown color is so flavorful, and packs a little kick.

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Sautéed Shisito Peppers

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Have you seen any of these Shisito Peppers at your local farmers market? Shisito Peppers are a mild  Japenese pepper but once in a while you may get a hot one in the bunch. These make a great summertime treat but they have a short growing session so grab some while you can.  Sautéed Shisito Peppers are easy to make and are a great snack, appetizer or side dish.

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