Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This is not your typical fall color... Traveling from Tucson, Arizona, to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, we went right through the chili capital of the world…Hatch, NM. We were a little late for their Chili Festival (held every Labor Day weekend) but there were still many a store with colorful displays like this (look there are even bags on the roof!). And the smell! As soon as we stepped out of the car it was intoxicating, the air was full of the scent of hot peppers. I briefly toyed with the idea of purchasing one of the chili ristras, but then realized it would be competing with plants for space in our luggage or shipping. No contest there…Agave 1, Chili 0. Later when we were in Albuquerque we spotted a contraption that looked something like perforated metal barrel in a supermarket parking lot. There was one guy turning it and another guy chatting him up. I realized right away he was roasting peppers but I didn’t have the where-with-all to take a picture or stop and buy a few (even though the husband offered to turn around) I wish I had. You just don't see many pepper roasters, or have a chance to eat fresh roasted peppers, up in this part of the country!