For me August has only ever had three redeeming qualities: My grandpa’s birthday, my grandparents’ anniversary and my mom’s birthday. Other than that August and I just don’t get along.
Weird huh? Not getting along with a month.
It’s just that by August, I’m ready for fall. Leaves changing. Pumpkins. All that good stuff.
And August is hot.
And I don’t do hot.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest after all.
But in the last few years I have discovered one more redeeming thing about August that makes it inch up there towards one of the months that I kind of like again. And that my friends, is hatch chiles.
Oh my how I love me some hatch chiles. The season is short so we only get them, at least here in Seattle, for just a few weeks in August. But when I see those “Hatch Fever” signs go up at Whole Foods, I get all kinds of giddy inside.
Then I grab a bag and start stuffing a few…dozen…peppers inside.
Each August I try to find new ways to use these peppers. I’ve tried a Creamy Hatch Chile and Chicken Pasta, Roasted Hatch Chile Quesdaillas and a Hatch Chile and Cream Cheese Spread. Whole Foods has really been one of my biggest inspirations for what to do with hatch chiles. Each year I walk in and see what they’ve done. One of my favorites is something they call “Hatchamole”. That’s right. Guacamole with hatch chiles mixed in. Why did I not think of that before?!? After seeing it, I just knew I had to make it.
So this week I did.
And now I’m sharing my version with you. And if you are a guacamole addict like me, brace yourself because you’re in for a whole new level of addiction.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated at all to talk about the Whole Foods Hatch Fever, I seriously just really love it. :)
This basil guacamole is the perfect summer dip with avocado, basil, lime and garlic.
A hot dog loaded with creamy slaw, crispy BBQ onion strings and BBQ sauce. A deliciously messy twist on a classic!
A fresh zucchini noodle salad with tomatoes, zucchini, and avocado tossed in a lemon basil vinaigrette. Perfect for summer!
A twist on potato salad with fresh rosemary and crispy bacon.
This creamy basil whipped goat cheese is the perfect summer spread.
Quick and easy grilled chicken teriyaki and broccoli stir fry with Campbell’s Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Dinner Sauce.
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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