New Mexico Red Chile

When the Answer is “Red”

The official New Mexico state question is “red or green?” You will hear it the very first time you order New Mexican food. What your server is asking is, “which chile (sauce) do you want on your food?”

New Mexico Red
Red chili topping stacked enchiladas

Red or green — there is never a wrong answer — but when the answer is red, you will be getting a rich, gravy-like sauce made from ripened and dried New Mexico chili pods. (The “green” is the same type of chili, but picked younger and cooked when it is fresh).

New Mexico red chile
Whole, dried red chili pods ready to be turned into your abuela’s pot of “red.”

Traditionally, for the red, whole chili pods are cooked, then pureed into a sauce. However, you can make excellent red chile with pre-ground red chile powder.

Either way you start, everyone has their own spin on what is supposed to go into chile — add cumin or not, use stock or water — not to mention the debate about the “cheater” addition of flour. The common ingredients, of course are red chile and a desire for that tongue-tingling bright, earthy rush when red chile meets your mouth.

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Pops – Arcadia, OK

Soda Ranch, Shake Shop and Roadside Attraction

Pops, Arcadia OK
A 66-foot tribute to Soda and the Mother Road

Pops
660 W. Highway 66
Arcadia, OK 73007
http://www.route66.com

If you ever find yourself anywhere near Oklahoma City, check out Pops, a combination gas-station, cafe, shake shop and “soda ranch.”

Just a short 30-minute drive from Oklahoma City, this roadside oddity shrugs-off the historic Rt. 66 dust and beckons tourists with a gleaming steel and glass building. A 66-foot-tall soda bottle sculpture (illuminated at night with LED lights) stands post out front — a monument to the store’s offering — a selection of more than 600 types of soda pop.

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Save Your Buns!

Last March [2014], we brought you news of a smart little device that sits on your plate and elevates your burger just above bun-drenching goodness that can escape from a juicy burger.

Burger Life
Elevate Your Buns with the Burger Lift [Photo via Burger Lift]
Created by a group of friends, Burger Lift got its startup funding via Kickstarter. The project handily exceeded its goal, with 208 backers pledging more than $11,000. Burger Lifts went into mass production in November of 2014. Here’s where they are now…

Burger Lift Update

[by the Burger Lift Team, Oct 2015]
Burger Lift is growing and we are lifting more and more buns every single day! Since the completion of our Kickstarter campaign Continue reading Save Your Buns!