Armadillo Eggs

Here’s a recipe you may not have tried but amigos, I think you’ll enjoy the flavor. (And of course, how hot the dish is depends on how hot the peppers are themselves.) Let me know whether you like it – Mr. Tim plans to grow the bigger jalapeños this year himself.

1 dozen fresh whole jalpeños
2 pounds sausage (pork breakfast roll)
½ pound marbled (jack and cheddar) cheese
I box original flavor Shake n’ Bake

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Wash jalapeños, leave stems on. Slit one side of each pepper with paring knife (you may wish to wear gloves to do this). Gently squeeze ends of peppers to open and remove all seeds. Set aside.
Cut cheese into ¼ inch square strips. Stuff peppers with cheese strips. Set aside.
Make one dozen sausage patties, ¼ inch thick, large enough to cover one entire pepper. Place each stuffed pepper slit-side down in middle of a sausage patty and wrap patty around pepper.
Roll all patties in Shake n’ Bake and place on cookie sheet.
Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees, until sausage is done.

Enjoy! Salud! And you can invite everyone over to try Armadillo Eggs (you’ll enjoy their startled reactions).

PS – Tomorrow is National Chili Day! Arriba!

Another Chile Poem

Sonnet CLIV
There once was a group that loved chile
And who seasoned their food willy nilly
But with no respect for others
Who, if given their druthers,
Would consider the heat rather silly.

I urge all heatophiles to discretion
Since to recruit is the unwritten mission
Gently introduce heat
To the non-CH’s* meat
So they someday will share in the vision.

It is childish to name them with mocking
As if personal tastes were so shocking
They are not lesser creatures
Nor do they lack worthy features
Just ’cause they don’t want their own palates rocking.

No great contest is lost by being shown up
By a CH who prefers his food blown up
Consideration’s the key…
Let the non-chilehead be!
And thus behave more like a grown up.

Copyright 1997 E. Kimball
(*CH – ChileHead)

Readers y amigos, if you’ve written some chile poetry, please send it along!
While it’s too cold to have a chile cook-off, we can always have a Chile Write-Off!
Su amigo, Diego

Si, spring is definitely on the way

No matter how bad the winter weather looks outside, amigos, I can say with certainty that spring is coming.

How do I know?

Mr. Tim ordered chile pepper seeds yesterday. Arriba! He wouldn’t tell me which kinds he ordered this year – he’s waiting to surprise everyone when they’re planted – but he did say there were some hot peppers … and some hotter peppers … and some very hot peppers.

Sounds muy delicioso to me! Can’t wait for spring.
Su amigo, Diego

Chili to ward off the chill

We had a light dusting of snow this morning, and a high of 24 degrees, reminding us our neighbors to the north are having a terrible time with blizzard conditions and bone-rattling cold.

Wish we could send all of you in the teeth of this relentless storm a big bowl of chili con queso to warm you from the inside out. Stay safe.

Su amigo, Diego