The smoked red jalapeño, known as the chipotle chile, has gained such popularity that there's even a couple of cookbooks devoted to it! It particularly works well with barbecuing and grilling, both of which have considerable smoke associated with them.
Next up, a very summery dessert that’s great for hot days when you want to cool down, but want a bit of a “Wow” factor for the guests you’re serving. You could also make this with orange, lemon or lime sherbet (or a combination).
There are many parallels between fish soup and bouilabaisse, which is popular in southern France. Tunisia has one of the richest fishing areas in North Africia. Any kind of fish and shellfish can be used but avoid oily fish such as mackerel or sardines.
This all-purpose sauce recipe is from the southern part of New Mexico, where green chile is the one of the state's top food crops and is used more commonly than the red form. It is a great topping for enchiladas and is often served over scrambled eggs. Variations: To thicken the sauce, make a roux by sauteing 1 tablespoon flour in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, taking care not to let it burn. Slowly stir the roux into the sauce and cook to the desired thickness. Coriander and Mexican oregano may be added to taste. For added heat, add more New Mexican chiles or a serrano or two.
Albuquerque-area resident and vegetarian cookbook author Nanette Blanchard has self-published a booklet of her favorite southwestern plant-based recipes. Fiesta Vegan: 30 Delicious Recipes from New Mexico contains her take on traditional recipes such as Posole, Calabacitas, Sangria, and Capirotada. Each of the recipes includes a color photo and a nutritional analysis. Fiesta Vegan also offers a list of online sources for specialty ingredients and recommendations for New Mexico stops for food-lovers. The 40 page booklet is available either in print or as a .PDF download. You can also find a Kindle version without photos; information on all the booklet versions is on her web site here. Blanchard also maintains a food blog, Cooking in Color.
If you can’t find prepared tostada shells you can simply serve this recipe on top of your favorite brand of tortilla chips. The Spicy Chile Sauce is also a great accompaniment to your favorite scrambled tofu recipe.