I love homegrown foods. I am reading a book called "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball. If you want to have a better understanding of the emotional ties behind the local food movement I suggest reading the book and although I don't entirely agree with every statement made in the book (which by the way I haven't finished), reading her descriptions of cooking with homegrown foods reminded me how very lucky we are. Most kids raised in the agriculture industry are raised on homegrown foods. Whether that's the spare calf you raised as a 4-H project, or the garden you tended with your Pappa, homegrown foods abound on farms and ranches across America.
One thing that I love most about gardening is the canning. This past summer I had the chance to be home and took advantage of Momma and Daddy's garden. I put up peppers, cherries, pesto and dried basil. Unfortunately most of the produce was not in full when I left in late July. There is nothing like cooking with those ingredients knowing that they came off the land of my home.
Another thing that I have come to realize is a major blessing is giving away produce. Dear friends of my grandparents live in Crow Mountain, Arkansas and they have a huge garden every year. Mary loves to take produce to church for to give to whoever wants it. She sent jalapenos and squash with me in August and just the night before last I again enjoyed delicious butternut squash. (you can freeze almost anything!)
Homegrown foods from friends are always delicious. This past weekend I visited a friend in New Mexico and his mother sent us home with a few sacks of homegrown, fire roasted then frozen green chilies.
Amazing. I used them to make a green chili sauce that and I'm going to share that recipe with you right now.
I used frozen fire roasted chilies. If that is your situation too, remove the skins and dice them. You can also used canned chilies that you get at the store already diced.
In a large bowl combine the diced chilies with a few tablespoons of lemon juice.
Using your potato masher mash the green chilies until the mixture is relatively smooth.
Add a dash of salt, a dash of pepper, a touch of garlic, and a pinch of love. Mix well.
You can use this thick sauce on steaks, eat it with chips, burgers, eggs, really just about anything you can think of.
Wonderfully out of the ordinary and very budget friendly. ***Using store bought chilies will cost about $2.00***
America's Ranch & Farm families provide us with an abundance of delicious, safe and quality foods.... we certainly are blessed.
Until We Meet Again,
For The recipe that is pictured visit my other blog, BeefonaBudget.com
Anna's Quick Tip: To help frozen vegetables maintain their bright color steam them instead of boiling them!