Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

It’s fall, which means pumpkin is everywhere! If you can add pumpkin to a recipe people are doing it! For this pumpkin waffle recipe they not only have the delicious pumpkin taste, but include other healthy ingredients like chia and flax meal. I don’t use any refined sugar, I use honey to sweeten them! And the nutmeg gives it subtle spice flavor. Yummy! Now that I live in southern NM, fall is a little different. This year I am trying to grow my own pumpkins! I am also trying to make lots of yummy treats that others have always shared with me during this time. Baking and sharing food is such a wonderful blessing. Although it will take a little longer to get cold and the rainy season is mostly behind us (it primarily rains during summer here because of the monsoons), I still look forward in anticipation of the holidays, all the yummy fall foods I get to make and the sweater weather that will be here eventually!  My dad will call me soon with the lively accounts of the annual hunting trip, and tell me of all the wonderful food they ate and that I missed out on! I will also get to see the leaves change color because we don’t live too far away from a beautiful forested area! Fall is so wonderful! As a side note, have you all ever preserved leaves? If you gather up a bunch of beautiful yellow, orange and red leaves, stick them in a mixture of one part glycerin and two parts water for a few days. Then dry them...
New Mexican Green Chile Stew

New Mexican Green Chile Stew

Get ready for this recipe for green chile stew! It will soon become your go-to cold night remedy! My first trip to New Mexico was to check out the grad school I eventually ended up attending. The trip was full of fun, excitement, and trying not to be too intimidated by all the super smart professors! We got to hike and see a lot of the beautiful NM desert. We also got to try lots of delicious food. One thing NM is known for is its green chile. We eat it on everything out here. Pizza, burgers, eggs, tacos, and even some desserts, you name it and I’m sure there is a green chile version! Hatch green chile is well known in the US, but what most people don’t realize is that almost every little town in NM grows their own chiles, and they all claim to be the best! We even have some green chiles growing in our garden right now. After living in NM for several years, you come to realize that chile from different parts of the state have different tastes. Late August and September is one of the best times to be in NM; not only do you get lots of rain from the monsoons, but it’s chile harvesting and roasting time. Most grocery stores and many road side stands will sell chile by the 20-30lb bag and roast them on the spot for you. If you’ve never smelled 30lbs of chiles roasting you are missing out. If they made a candle that smelled like it I’d use it year round. Anyways, since living in...

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