Fall is in the Air

If you know me you know that I love fall. I love everything about it – beautiful leaves, cooler weather and the first fire in the fireplace. In New Mexico the coming of fall also means hot air balloons, geese returning for the winter and roasting green chilies. We grow our own green chili for a couple of reasons that include the smell of roasting them on the back porch. If you don’t know this smell. You NEED to visit New Mexico in the fall. I brought some of the last unroasted chili to Arizona. Amber was excited to have that fresh roasting chili smell and we get to eat them as well.
 
Green Chili Stew
1 pound stew meat*, cut into bite size pieces
1 yellow onion, diced
2T vegetable oil( we use avocado oil)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste.
4 cups chicken stock( homemade is best)
Chopped green chili- the amount will depend on how spicy you like your food. If you are unsure try 3-4 mild ones for starters. You can used canned or frozen.
2 carrots diced
3 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
1 yellow squash, cut into bite sized pieces-optional **
Sauté the onions about 5 minutes in the oil. Add the meat and continue until browned. Add garlic and cook another minute. Season with salt and pepper. Add stock and chili. Let this simmer an hour or so. You might need to add water if it looks dry. When the meat is tender add the vegetables and cook until the are done, about 20-25minutes. Serve with warm tortillas..
*Pork is traditional but beef works well. We use elk when we can.
** We added this because we had it in the garden. Add it during the last 15 minutes.
 
As I was setting up the diffuser recently I had planned on mostly orange oil with just a few drops of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon bark. I was going for a fresh fall scent. Well……. what really happened is the generous amount of orange oil I thought I was adding was really clove. I just went for it. IT WAS GREAT! The house smelled amazing. What a happy accident! The moral of the story is that there are countless combinations to try in the diffuser. Give it a try and let us know your favorites.
Cathy