HATCH CHILE SEASON IS HERE!!! Since I can’t yell at you through the computer screen I hope my caps did the trick. If you saw the last post I did with the Hatch Chile Soup recipe, or my most popular recipe, Hatch Pepper Dirty Rice Casserole, you already know I am crazy about these peppers. They only come around for the month of August, so I am taking it upon myself to make sure anyone who comes across my blog (and somehow doesn’t know about these precious peppas), finds some in their neck of the woods. I am lucky enough to have Central Market just a couple miles away, and they throw the best Hatch Fest every year – complete with roasting of about a gazillion peppers in the parking lot, hundreds of hatch products (jams, sauces, salsas, chips, chocolate, bread, hummus… you think of it and it’s 90% likely they have made something insanely awesome with it), tastings, and so much more.
Central market has worked with the same farmer in Hatch, New Mexico for the past 20 years, producing the biggest, most flavorful peppers. Ever since my mom got me onto the peppers when I was a kid, I try to stretch the limit on the amount of dishes I can put them in while I have them – eggs, sandwiches, burgers, casseroles, cereal….. kidding about the last one… maybe…. Their Hatch Fest will run until August 18th, but you should be able to find the peppers around for another week after that. Central Market is also hosting a number of incredible cooking classes featuring the peppers, and lucky for me (AND YOU!), they decided to host a giveaway for 2 cooking class gift certificates good for any location!
****UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Rina for winning!
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is: Comment answering the following question below: What will you be making with your first batch of hatch chiles? (Giveaway ends 8/21/15) For an extra chance to win, share this on facebook!
Thanks to my momma for the awesome pictures of Hatch Fest!! She and I share the same obsession with these little guys, and this is something we look forward to year around.
I wish you had smell-o-vision for this post. As soon as my car enters the vicinity of Central Market, I can smell the sweet peppers roasting in the air… oh my goshhhhhh….
If your mouth hasn’t started watering yet, I’m not sure we can be friends…
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(Thank you Central Market for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are completely my own based on my experience.)