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Green Chile Burgers

New Mexico's much-famed green chili burger, now made at home with homemade green chili sauce and plain burger meat. So first? I made Green Chile Sauce, it was the beginning of my quest for green chile burgers just like the cult-favorites in New Mexico.Next up? The burgers!At first I fussed with ideas for gussied-up gourmet burgers, y’know, where you grind this with that, add this and poke there. My butcher laughed at these notions and packed up a big hunk of good ground beef. “You won’t be able to tell the difference,” he promised. So simple good is simple does. Good ground beef. Salt and pepper. A toasted bun. Warm freshly made Green Chile Sauce. It.Gets.No.Better. EATING TIPS FOR DIABETICS To avoid bread, diabetics and those who follow low-carb and low-glycemic diets often forgo sandwiches entirely. But for anyone with a serious burger hankering, here's a quick tip that reduces bread consumption. (I'm not diabetic but this technique is so simple, I'm doing it too.) U…

Green Chile Sauce (Salsa Verde)

The Recipe: A New Mexico-style salsa verde, green chile sauce. Tomatillos add a certain authentic sourness, poblano chiles a warm smokiness. This is definitely "not" a spicy-hot green chile sauce. In fact, it's almost smoky-sweet – and astoundingly good.The Conversation: What's the first thing Minnesota snowbirds eat when returning to New Mexico for the winter? Green Chile Burgers! When my snowbird aunt and uncle reach New Mexico in a few weeks, their first food stop will be for green chile burgers.My aunt is adamant about the choice. With the winter's first green chile burger, she says, "I know that we are really back in New Mexico.” Somehow, green chile burgers proclaim, “Hello, New Mexico! We’re here! We’re back!”So on my own trek to Santa Fe in August, I knew to hunt up a green chile burger, just to clinch, for sure, my arrival. Ha! Never once did a green chile burger appear on a menu!So ever since, I’ve wanted to experience one as authentically as possib…

Cheese Puffs (Gougère)

Cheese Puffs are a busy cook's dream, an easy, make-ahead appetizer. Just mix and bake beforehand, then pop into the oven just before serving. Better yet, make and bake the Cheese Puffs ahead of time and then rewarm to serve all hot and cheesy! Just before party guests arrive -- goodness, many nights, as supper approaches -- I'm always on the hunt for some quick nibble to stave off hunger before everyone arrives or until the 'real food' reaches the table.So it's time to get serious about building a collection of easy appetizer recipes. You know, the quick bites that look and taste impressive -- but are also easy to make from pantry ingredients, easy to serve with little fuss, easy on the calories too. Plus, given that this is 2008, inexpensive too. That's some tall order, yes? Well, good news, this recipe for Cheese Puffs meets all the requirements and then some. I made a batch with blue cheese for my book club recently – a few days ahead, in fact. Then, just b…