Here in the Southwest we love or Hatch Chile season! We’re right in the middle of the harvesting these flavorful versatile chiles that are known for their perfect balance of sweet and heat. Besides elevating the taste of enchiladas and rellenos, we also love hatch chiles in stews, soups, sauces and even smothered on burgers. In my opinion, there is no better hatch chile then when roasted or charred. It’s easy to do on an outdoor grill, in the oven, or with a grate over your gas cooktop! Just keep turning the chiles until they blister, place them in a Ziploc back while still warm and let them sweat. he charred skin will come right off and then you can scrape the seeds out and dice! While you can used canned chiles for this Chicken Enchilada Soup, the hatch chiles takes the freshness and flavor to a whole new level! Oh! And those cornmeal dumplings? The perfect topper to a this hearty Southwestern favorite!
If you love road trips as much as I do, this is the perfect time to hop in the car and visit our Arizona farms and ranches to pick some tree ripened fruit. Even though we are approaching the end of peach season, there are still some tasty ones for the pickin’, and Amadio Ranch is the perfect destination! This small, family heritage farm in Laveen, Arizona produces a number of naturally grown heirloom vegetables and plenty of fruits like peaches, many of which get turned into made-from-scratch fruit pies that you can buy at the ranch. Also, look for the Amadio Ranch Peach Truck at farmer’s markets throughout the Valley. So, once you buy your peaches, give this Caramel Peach Cobbler a try! It goes together in three layers, but in the oven, the bottom layer rises to the top and bubbles over the peaches to create a delicious cobbler! The most time-consuming part of the entire recipe is peeling the skin off the peaches, so I have a fabulous tip that will make the process so much easier in the directions. This reminds me of a farmhouse recipe that you might find at a charming place like Amadio Ranch, and believe me, if you make it for family or friends, they’ll think it’s just peachy keen!
Watch my How to Video for Caramel Peach Cobbler here!
Would you pass a Waffle House to get to an International House of Pancakes or vice versa? The Washington Post took a survey and it revealed that 59% of Americans preferred waffles to the 41% who love flapjacks. Well, this recipe for may change all of that. That’s because this pancake gets its awesome flavor and look from another one of American’s breakfast favorites, the cinnamon roll! (Waffles, you may be in serious trouble here.) These pancakes are so delicious with the built in (or swirled on) goodness of a cinnamon roll with that yummy cream cheese glazed icing over top! There are a couple of additional steps to making the pancakes and some tricks to making Cinnamon Roll Pancakes perfect! First, make sure the cinnamon swirl is not too runny. If so, place it in the frig for just a few minutes. Runny cinnamon swirl won’t give you the pinwheel look. Second, give yourself a pancake or two to get the technique down pat. Before you know it, you’ll be on a (cinnamon) roll! Personally, I love these!
Ice water. Would you ever believe that ice water is a main ingredient to a beyond-heavenly-homemade angel food cake? (Oh, there is a cake god!) Rather, there is a family—a three-generation Arizona family that turned water into…well, greatness! The story is so sweet and here it is in Arizona native Marta Owens’ words.
“Jan, my Mom Dorothy Millsaps made this cake during WWII. We lived deep in the Superstition Mountains while my father, Rollie Olson, worked as a cowboy. (Dad was one of the last original Arizona cowboys.) My mother was a city girl but was brave and innovative and adapted to ranch life living without electricity and indoor plumbing. Cooking was a challenge. Although we had no milk, the spring produced cold water. My mother made her own cake flour during those days using cornstarch and whole flour. We raised chickens for the eggs. She beat the egg whites with a fork and a pie pan and I loved the way she kept that pie pan spinning while she whipped up those eggs. Sugar was rationed and she used it sparingly. Mom came up with this recipe using angel food as a guide. It has been the Olson family birthday cake for the past 70 years as we pass it down from one generation to the other. (It is a bit tricky but has become easier with the use of electric mixers. My mother used a large wooden spoon.) We are long time Arizona natives and proud of the fact and our history is centered in the Payson area and the Superstition Mountains where we raised cattle in the Reeves Ranch, Tortilla Flat, J/F Ranch and Hewitt Station area. Life for us was full of adventure and love. I’m just glad that the security we shared was never based on money. Just a family of six doing the best we could in the wilds of Arizona. Mom left us in 1991 and is missed.”
Marta, now thousands more of us will happily keep your Mom’s memory alive with a Rescued Recipe that is absolutely heaven sent!