Monday, February 28, 2011

Easy Chipotle Chicken Soup

Chipotle sauce blended with chicken stock makes a bracing broth for a quick and easy chicken soup to warm you up on a cold day. Twenty minutes of prep time. Serves 6.

4 cups chicken stock
1 16 oz jar of Larry's Southwestern Chipotle Sauce or your favorite chipotle- flavored enchilada sauce
1 15-oz can red, black, pinto or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional but tasty
1 lime cut into wedges
Tortilla strips or chips

1. Bring the stock and sauce to a boil over medium high heat.
2. Reduce the heat to medium low and add beans and chicken.
3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Ladle the soup into bowls, top with cilantro and chips and a squeeze of lime.

Price Chopper Picks Up Larry's Sauces WNYT Ch 13 NBC

Price Chopper picks up Slingerlands based food producer
Submitted by Sophia Sofferman, WNYT Web Producer

A Slingerlands based food producer is now selling his products in Price Chopper.
Larry Sombke has been selling his Southwestern Sauces in Capital Region farmer’s markets for a couple seasons.
"People ask me repeatedly 'when are you getting into Price Chopper?'...well, here they are" said Sombke.
Price Chopper Supermarkets in Queensbury, Wilton, Saratoga Springs, Rt. 146 Clifton Park, Latham, Westgate Plaza/Albany, Rt. 155 Colonie, Glenville/Scotia and Bethlehem now carry Larry’s Southwestern Ranchero, Mole and Chipotle Sauces.
You can buy Larry’s Southwestern Sauces in the Natural Snacks or Mexican/Tex-Mex section of the supermarket aisles.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner

Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner W. Hartford, CT, was packed with local food manufacturers yesterday and I was glad to be one of them. I passed out samples of Ranchero Black Bean Chili made with Larry's Southwestern Ranchero Sauce and made a lot of friends. I am heading out to Whole Foods Framingham and Newton outside of Boston in a couple weeks. Thanks, Whole Foods!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Larry's Southwestern Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese

Here is the recipe I entered in the Times Union Mac-N-Cheese Bowl on 19Feb2011, a fundraiser for the Northeast NY Food Bank. I didn't win but it was a great time and a great cause.

Macaroni and cheese is not an everyday dish South of the border. But now that there are millin of Mexican-Americans living north of the border, adding chipotle sauce to flavor macaroni and cheese makes a lot of sense. And it tastes good, too!

1 lb. elbow macaroni pasta
6 tblsp. butter
½ cup unbleached flour
4 cups milk, warmed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper or more to taste
2 cups grated white or orange sharp cheddar
2 cups grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup Larry’s Southwestern Chipotle Sauce or your favorite Mexican sauce
½ cup minced fresh poblano or jalapeno peppers, seeds removed. (optional)

1. Boil the macaroni in a large pot of water until barely done according to package instructions.
2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add the flour and stir to form a roux. Add the warm milk and stir to form a cream sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Stir the cheese into the sauce. Add the macaroni and Larry’s Southwestern Chipotle Sauce. Stir it all together and transfer it to a baking dish. Sprinkle the minced poblano over the top and bake in a 350’ oven for 25 minutes.
Serves four to six.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Wraps

Huevos rancheros breakfast wraps are one of the hottest fast food items today. Starbucks and MacDonalds' have them and now you can easily make them in the comfort of your own home. Just open a jar of Ranchero Sauce and you are half-way there.

Heat two cups of Larry's Southwestern Ranchero Sauce or your favorite Ranchero sauce. Warm four whole wheat or white flour tortillas. Scramble six eggs. Have ready one and one half cup of grated cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese or a combination.

Place a warm tortilla on a plate. Spoon two to three tablespoons of the warm Ranchero sauce on the tortilla. Place scrambled egg over that, sprinkle with cheese, spoon a little more Ranchero sauce over that. Roll up the wrap, do the same with the rest of the ingredients and serve.

Makes four Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Wraps.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Times Union Notes Larry's Southwestern Sauces

Albany Times Union Blogger William Dowd writes:

As we brace for yet another snowstorm or two this week, thoughts may be turning to more ways to stay warm. They are down at the Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, Columbia County. This Saturday, the DeVito family will throw a “Heat In Winter” party, featuring their own wines paired with tastings of locally-made spicy foods.

Examples: Larry’s Southwestern Sauces (ranchero, chipotle and mole styles); maple-chipotle goat cheese from R&G; horseradish cheddar cheeses, spicy aged cheese in olive oil and ”hot” chocolates from Vasilow’s.

As Carlo and Dominique DeVito explain, “When considering which wines to drink with spicy foods, keep in mind that spicy foods make high-alcohol wines taste flat, tannic reds more bitter, and oak-aged whites oakier. New York State wines, which tend to be lower in alcohol and fruitier in flavor, complement spicy dishes very well. Wines that have some sweetness can really tame and balance the heat. … A simple sparkling wine has the juicy fruit and tangy acidity to mellow a flaming mouthful.”

The special event will run from noon to 5 p.m. The winery is located at 1900 State Route 66, about midway between Hudson and Chatham. Phone: (518) 392-9463.