new food friday 08.20.10

by Stacy

Hey there, New Food Friday, how you doing? Did you try a new food this week?

Mine was maybe a bit boring in some ways. A while back I was making a recipe — I don’t even remember what — that called for chiles de arbol. When I mentioned them my husband, he scoffed, “Tree chiles? What’s that supposed to mean?”

I am neither a Spanish-speaker, nor the contrary cuss that he is, so I just rolled my eyes and went back to cooking an awesome dinner sans peanut gallery. Hmph.

The next time I was at the store, however, what did I see?

chiles de arbol

It’s actually a fairly sizable bag for less than $2, so I tossed them in my basket. They sat in the back of the cupboard, taunting me to use them.

My parents never did even remotely spicy foods when I was growing up and aren’t big fans of Mexican food to this day. Now my sister and I both love Mexican food (and have cats –sorry Dad!) so I guess there’s only so much you can do.

Try to plan ahead for your kids and provide a grandma from a delicious culinary ethnic background. I’m not knocking my family cookbook, but my Norwegian and English ancestry didn’t exactly make for exciting traditional cuisine.

At least it leaves me more new foods to try, right?

chiles de arbol

When I came across a recipe that called for the chiles I was excited to get to use them. Sadly, the recipe was mediocre. You live, you learn, right? At least I now have a sizable stash of chiles de arbol in case of emergency. I am a wuss so I knocked most of the seeds out of these bad boys before I used them to avoid melting my face off like I sometimes manage with the fresh peppers from our CSA.

What did you try this week? A new vegetable? A new grain? A new cheese?

chiles de arbol

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Erika August 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

We had purple peppers (on pizza, of course)!! I loved them. We also found these tiny white marble-sized eggplants that we night try next week. :)


Stacy August 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Those both sound fun! I’ve had purple peppers before, but those eggplants sound intriguing.


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