Message From Jane
January has been a wonderful experience--travelling throughout our great country, making chili, mostly Bowl ‘o Red, my favorite chili, to promote my new, revised and expanded “Chili Madness”. I really enjoyed seeing so many of our cooking school alumni, owners of my previous cookbooks as well as meeting many, many new friends. My travels continue this month to Atlanta, the Birmingham, AL area and Washington DC, plus more cities yet to be announced. And of course, Albuquerque is in the planning stages. I am enclosing selected photos from the cities I visited.
In my travels, I continuously like to spread the word about chiles, and for this month, red chiles as red goes with the hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day. What better than red chile romance? With the wonderful habit forming capability of chiles, coupled with their strong aphrodisiac qualities—everyone should heartily indulge in the hotter the better. (I described these qualities in detail in our February issue of our new Cooking Club—you’ll have to join to check it out.)
Chiles are kind to your heart in more ways than one. Healthfully, chiles help to reduce and rid your body of arterial plaque. They help keep your heart healthier in general by reducing cholesterol.
With this being heart month, I am sharing some of my favorite red chile “be kind to your heart” recipes.
The first recipe is Carne Adovada, which you can make whenever you have time, then serve this yummy rosy, red marinated pork in quesadillas for a Valentine’s Day Brunch or anytime. An alternate is my favorite Huevos Rancheros. Start with invigorating Bloody Marias—just like Bloody Marys, but with tequila instead of vodka.