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.