Tasty Bites: Various Food Info, Tips and Ideas

Red and Green Chiles

The actual difference between red and green chiles is in the preparation:

For green chile sauce-The unripe, green peppers are roasted and then chopped. They're cooked with onion and garlic, simmered in broth, thickened with a little flour and then pureed into sauce. Green chile sauce can be used in or with scrambled eggs, tortillas, polenta, pulled pork and chicken enchilada casserole.

For red chile sauce-The peppers are allowed to ripen (or turn red), and are then dried. At this stage, they're then called ancho chile peppers. The sauce is made by rehydrating the peppers and pureeing them with seasonings. Red chile sauce can be used over or in enchiladas, pinto beans, pulled pork, posole, huevos rancheros and chile rellenos.

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Did You Know That.....

Regular yellow mustard can be mixed with: Mayonnaise and lemon juice for a creamy taste; apricot jam and dried basil for a sweet taste; and with prepared horseradish and onion powder for hot. And for another delicious, hot taste, mustard can also mixed with a few jalapeno peppers (or there's already prepared jalapeno mustard that's available in most major stores and supermarkets).

A dash of Worcestershire sauce can also be added to pasta sauce, scrambled eggs, chili and vinaigrette.

Sources: "Red Or Green?"-by Tamar Haspel and This & That section-Relish, Sept. 2013, Live Better Now section and "Global Grub"-Smart Cart section-Spry Living, Sept. 2015, "Mix-ins"-remixed section-Relish, August 2015, First Bite section-Relish, Sept. 2015 and "Connected Conveniences"-Family Features-The (Sunday) Vindicator, June 14, 2015

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