This is another classic all-purpose sauce that is basic to the cuisine of New Mexico. It has its roots in the southern part of the state where the bulk of the green chile is grown. This is a lightly flavored sauce with a pungency that ranges from medium to wild depending on the heat of the chiles. Pour the sauce over chiles rellenos, enchiladas, beans, or simply eat it from a bowl because it tastes so good.
This versatile sauce is basic to New Mexican cuisine. It’s at it’s best made with fresh green chile. Finely diced pork can be added but cook the sauce of an additional half hour. Use this sauce over enchiladas, burritos, eggs for breakfast, or the above chile rellenos. It will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator and freezes well.
Tagines or tajines are wonderfully aromatic North African stews that combine meats, poultry, chicken, or fish with fruits, vegetables and a large variety of spices. The centerpiece of Moroccan meals, there are literally hundreds of traditional tagines as well as many regional variations
From one of my far-flung writers, Linda Lynton, this recipe is a basic sauce from northern India and Nepal. She noted: “Although this specific recipe was given to me by a Patna housewife, some peasants originating from a remote Himalayan village in Central Nepal and housewives from an equally remote village in North Bihar gave us the same recipe.” Use it as a topping for chicken, fish, or vegetables.
The U.S.A. has become one of the world's largest producers of hot sauces and the flagship of the hot sauce fleet is Tabasco®, which is exported all over the world from Avery Island, Louisiana. Because the chiles in mash form are not aged in oak barrels for three years, this recipe will be only a rough approximation of the famous McIlhenny product. You will have to grow your own tabascos or substitute dried ones that have been rehydrated. Other small, hot, fresh red chiles can also be substituted for the tabascos. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
I was first introduced to pickled eggs in college, where a group of us would hang out in an old wood-paneled bar, drink beer, shoot pool, and eat pickled eggs and pretzel sticks. Even after all these years, I still like pickled eggs and pretzels. When making them, I add a little juice from pickled beets to color them just like the original eggs, but you can color them yellow with ground turmeric or leave them natural. To prevent the dark green line that sometimes forms around the yolk, immediately plunge the egg in cold water to cool them down. The ring forms because of a reaction with the iron in the yolk and the sulfur in the whites. Over the years, I began adding chiles to "jack-up" the heat level. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.
The use of peanuts, also called groundnuts, in soups and stews is common over all of Africa but is especially popular in the west. "Chop" is African slang meaning food or a meal. The vegetables in this stew can be varied to suit your tastes; if you do, however, eliminate the okra it will alter the consistency of the sauce. The important step to remember in preparing this soup or stew is to mix some of the broth with the peanut butter before adding to the soup to keep it from curdling and breaking apart.