Friday, November 28, 2014


Holiday Fun

My family gathered yesterday for our Thanksgiving celebration.  My sister cleaned the house and cooked the turkey and the rest of us brought the side dishes to compliment the turkey.  My boys were in Texas, my daughter in Greece, some of the cousins have military commitments, some of the menfolk were hunting,  and others gathered with other parts of their families.  Still we had 25 or so.  Yep, my Dad made it and yes there was a little chile spice mix in the sweet potatoes.  Coming up......a little chile spice mix in the turkey soup. I hope you have your Rio Grande Spice Mix for your holiday recipes.  

It's cozy in this little cabin by the bay.  We are planning to build a new house here this summer when it dries up.  Lately you don't leave the house without your rain boots.  We had a beautiful summer, so it is too early to complain about a little rain.  I didn't miss a Saturday at the Anacortes Farmers Market this season.  The two times that it did rain people wanted to make chile even more than usual. Believe it or not some of my Rio Grande Gorge Bridge customers showed up and bought my spice mix in Anacortes.  They even brought friends.  Because we are so close to the Canadian border,  I have Canadian customers....Rio Grande Chile Spice Mix Goes International .......again.....

I have added a couple pancake mixes to my "collection".  They have not been added to the website yet.  My Bluecorn Maiden Pancake Mix and my Hearty Buckwheat Pancake Mix are delicious and a healthy pancake choice.  Sorting out the various flours available at a local milling company has been an education for me.  My family has been involved in the research and development of these mixes.  A number of local sports enthusiasts who can make pancakes on the trail have also contributed.  For now I can take phone orders.  I can get two packs in a small shipping box....same price $5 each. I guess I'll find out who's reading the fine print.  I guarantee you'll get that snow shoveled if you eat my pancakes. 505-440-1890 

I'm making my lists....checking them twice....I don't go anywhere without my list these days.  I'm going to a holiday bazaar in La Conner, looking for a Christmas tree, mailing a few packages, keeping the fire going, singing a few Christmas carols and keeping the hikes greater than the calorie intake.  Yep, It will be a Merry Christmas. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Where in the world is that Chile Lady?

Some of you might be looking for me with my chile basket out at the Taos Gorge Bridge.  How I miss that place, my friends and you tourists that kept coming back every year. Yep, we sold our little cabin on the edge of the Carson National Forest and headed north.  It was going home for me....something that I had always planned to do finally crept up on me.  Moving ...and I'll keep this short.... is not for senior citizens..... but you can rest assured that I did not leave New Mexico without a car loaded with chile and my chile connections.  We moved into our garage, heated but still a garage and waited for renters to move out of the little house so we could move in.  Now we are situated along the bay in Bay View, Washington slowly  putting our lives back together.  My little  brother hauled my dad's John Deere riding mower over,  gave me a five minute lesson and I was re-initiated into the life of a Washingtonian.  That wasn't part of my life in New Mexico.   I managed to get the appropriate licenses and found a kitchen in the neighborhood so I'm in the chile business now in Washington.  Where will you find me?  On Saturdays I sell my Rio Grande Chile Spice Mix at the Anacortes Farmers Market.  Some of you may be familiar with this small town by the bay.  You can catch a ferry to Vancouver Island and the San Juan islands here.   Of course here I am at as usual ready to take your orders for Rio Grande Chile Spice Mix.  I might come up with another idea too.  The wheels are still turning.