Spicy Sausage and Chicken with Roasted Green Chile and Peach Compote

Spicy Sausage and Chicken with Roasted Green Chile and Peach Compote

(reposted from Can I Have A Breakdown After I Finish The Dishes?)

It is harvest season here in New Mexico … in our gardens and orchards. It is also one of our most favorite times of year when the aroma of fresh roasting green chile is present at grocers across the state. This recipe is a wonderful way to blend some fresh roasted green chile with peaches on the over-ripe side, as the more tender meat will produce more juice as the peaches are heated. The succulent, sweet fruit is the perfect counter-play to the heat of the fresh roasted green chile and spicy sausage. This dish is excellent over pasta.

6 spicy sausage links (cajun, andouille, or your favorite)
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 red bell pepper, seeded, stemmed, and julienned
1 green bell pepper, seeded, stemmed and julienned
3 small or 2 large fresh tomatoes, stemmed and chopped into 1″ pieces
4 very ripe peaches, skinned, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped green chile
1/4 cup beef or chicken broth
4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. raw sugar
1 tsp. ground oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. garlic salt

Slice sausages lengthwise and then each half lengthwise again. Cut each slice into three equal pieces. Set aside. (For gluten free, verify that your sausage is a gluten free variety.)

Slice chicken breasts lengthwise into 1/2″-wide strips. Chop strips into 1/2″ pieces. Set aside.

In a hot wok or deep non-stick pan or skillet over high heat, pour 2-3 tsp. drizzled olive oil. Add peppers, green chile, and spices. Toss and stir quickly to sear peppers until slight charred and soft. Pour in an additional 2-3 tsp. olive oil and add peaches, immediately tossing and stirring.

Turn heat to medium and simmer for 3-5 minutes, until peaches are soften and have begun to release juices. Add soy sauce and raw sugar. Gently stir, cover with lid and turn heat to low, simmering for an additional 5-7 minutes. Juice should be slightly thick and boiling. Remove fruit and pepper compote and pour into a heat-tolerant container.

Return skillet to stove on high heat and add 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Add sausage and chicken, tossing to coat with oil and stirring to keep meat from sticking. Cooking thoroughly over medium to medium-high heat until sausage is browned and centers of chicken are completely white.

Add peach and pepper compote to meat mixture in skillet, gently tossing. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated.

Serve with penne pasta, brown rice or over baked sweet potatoes. For gluten free, use brown rice pasta, but do not add the pasta to the skillet during the cooking process. Serve individually on plates and top with meat and fruit compote.

Substitutions: You may use frozen, sliced peppers and frozen chopped green chile, as well as frozen sliced peaches. Just allow for more cooking time and reduce heat to allow the additional liquid to somewhat evaporate. You may also use pre-packaged frozen chicken chunks or slices with the same defrosting allowances.

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Fourth of July 2012 in Albuquerque

Freedom Fourth crowds at Balloon Fiesta Park. Photo by Albuquerque Journal.

Anyone else think this summer is going way too fast? Fourth of July is already next week, so here’s the low-down on what to do, what not to do and how to have a great time without sparking a wildfire.

What To Do

Whether you choose to find a cool viewing vantage point from somewhere in town or head out to one of the major fireworks displays, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Fourth of July this year despite the fireworks ban in place within city and county limits.

The city-sponsored Freedom Fourth, which kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park at 4 PM, is always a big hit as well as the more exclusive viewing at the Balloon Museum’s Red, White and Balloons VIP Party. The Isotopes will once again be hosting a post-game fireworks show. Rio Rancho’s fireworks display will be hosted this year at the Rio Rancho High School football stadium but is visible for miles around. You can find a great curated list of events at About.com Albuquerque.

What Not To Do

You only have to look at the devastating photos of the recent fires here in New Mexico and in neighboring states to realize that this year, things are tinder-dry in the Southwest. Because of that, using extreme caution is imperative. The City of Albuquerque has provided online information on Fourth of July Safety as well as implemented restrictions on personal fireworks. Be sure to check the entire list of banned items before purchasing, but basically, if it shoots up into the air, it’s illegal within the City of Albuquerque and the county boundaries.

Whatever you choose to day, have a great Fourth of July, Albuquerque!

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Calling All ABQ Bloggers – Get Noticed in ABQCityLife!

Local Bloggers: Get Featured in ABQCityLife’s mobile app!

We know there are some excellent bloggers in Albuquerque, and we want to share your blogs in our mobile app city guide. If you’re a blogger and would like to nominate your blog, send a link and your contact info to blogs@appcitylife.com. Do you know of a blog you think worthy of a larger audience? You can nominate your favorite through our poll.

Vote on your favorite blogs and add your own:


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Summer Blooms

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An early Saturday morning walk through the High Desert reveals a wealth of wild flowers. Sure they’re attached to plants we’ll probably call them weeds later on in the season, but for now, the blooms make even our wild weeds … Continue reading

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Last Day of the 2012 Wine Festival

Photo credit: NM Wine Grower’s Assoc.

Balloon Fiesta park is hosting the 2012 Wine Festival, and today is the last day to sample wines from local vineyards and wineries. According to the website, it’s no pets or coolers, but you are allowed to bring in sealed soda or water.

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The Grove Cafe & Market

With a fun blend of hip urban and friendly neighborhood ambience steeped in organic and artisan roots, The Grove serves up a hearty breakfast and lunch menu as well as coffees, teas, beer, and wine. With spacious indoor and covered patio dining, the cafe also sports an enviably large parking lot along Central Avenue. About halfway between Albuquerque’s Downtown and I-25, the restaurant attracts students, professionals and folks like us who trek across the city for homemade breads and pastries. The cafe is bright and airy with high ceilings, lots of windows and interspersed with little shelves and tables of unique and fun gifts for the foodies in your life. Oh, and did we mention the pastry display case filled with signature cupcakes and pastries?

CROQUE MADAME with fresh fruit

We opted for the all-day breakfast menu. The CROQUE MADAME with fresh fruit came highly recommended, and we weren’t disappointed. Stacked precariously high, the dish begins with a base of fresh baked bread topped with black forest ham, tomato, gruyere cheese and a sunny-side-up egg alongside a sweet mustard topping. The eclectic blend of flavors and fresh, organic ingredients make this breakfast dish not only one of their most popular but also one of their most unique breakfast offerings.

CLASSIC SCRAMBLED with applewood smoked bacon or tully’s sausage

The friendly staff were more than willing to let us mix and match off the menu, so we also chose the CLASSIC SCRAMBLED with applewood smoked bacon (or tulle’s sausage), opting for one of the homemade English Muffins over the toast that regularly comes with the dish. And by English Muffin, we mean a beast of light, airy bread, gently toasted and still chewy in the center – hands down one of the best English Muffins we’ve sampled. The eggs were a bit plain – not even a hint of cheese in the scramble, but perhaps that’s our Southwest roots showing – where we usually like our eggs served up with a tasty salsa or red chile sauce.

The restaurant also offers catering and boxed lunches as well.

Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 7a-4p, Sunday 8a-3p, Closed Monday
Call: 505-248-9800
Visit: 600 Central Avenue se, Suite A, Albuquerque New Mexico 87102

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April in Albuquerque

It’s April already, and with it comes springtime activities and holidays.

Easter in Albuquerque

The month kicks off with Easter Weekend with egg hunts, Sunday luncheons and special events. For a complete run-down of all things Easter, we recommend checking out Aileen O’Catherine’s about.com site for Albuquerque.

Festivals and Fiestas

April also brings to Albuquerque several festivals and fiestas worth checking out. April 6 kicks off the Fine Wine & Art Festival, a free Fishing Derby on April 14,  the 19th Annual Home and Garden Show on April 21-22, and the always awesome Gathering of Nations Pow Wow on April 26-28.

Baseball, Baby!

The Isotopes kick off their new season in April, and you can actually use their smart phone app to keep up to date with promos, schedule and more.

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Don’t Be A Fool This April Fool’s Day at the ABQ BioPark Zoo

Even the animals are out to get you on April Fools Day! But do not relinquish hope yet; the trickery does not have to get you any more this holiday. For the price of regular admission, ABQ BioPark Zoo is giving you the chance to learn the truth about common animal myths, as well as tell how different animals use behaviors, colors, and patterns to trick each other. Don’t be a fool- Stop by the Zoo to enjoy the good weather and have a little fun learning about animals.

10 AM to 2 PM, ABQ BioPark Zoo, 903 10th Street 87102, April 1, 2012

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Fiery Foods, Creative Women, Artistic Kids and Fun Foul Play This Weekend in ABQ

If you’re wanting to spice up this first weekend of March, you’re in luck. The 24th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show begins today and continues through the weekend at the Sandia Resort & Casino. The Women & Creativity Celebration 2012 also kicks of it’s monthlong calendar of events, and Bill Maher comes to the Kiva Auditorium for one performance on Saturday, March 3.

Here are a couple of other events you might want to consider this weekend:

APS Annual Metro Art Youth Art Exhibit

Beginning today through April 1, 2012, Expo New Mexico’s Fine Arts Gallery will feature over 1000 pieces of artwork created by Albuquerque Public Schools middle school and high school students. This is a professionally juried exhibit covering 17 categories from ceramics to computer-generated art to printmaking and watercolor.
3-6 PM Tues-Fri; 1-5 PM Weekends; closed Mondays.  Admission free; parking fees apply.

Foul Play Cafe

Join your dining companions for an evening of fun, food and foul play with a new interactive murder mystery at Sheraton Albuquerque. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; seating begins at 7 PM. $32-$55; reservations required.
505-377-9593 or contact online.

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Hacking Chocolate, Oscar Night and Oh-So-Hot Foods

Hacking Chocolate, A Tasty Science Event

Don’t picture what you cat does with his hairball. This is more like the magic your geeky tech guru buddy wields on your computer. This weekend’s Hacking Chocolate, A Tasty Science Event experiments with chocolate and makes food more fun than you might have imagined possible – including a chocolate-powered rocket engine.
Saturday, February 25 6-10 PM
1112 2nd Street NW

Oscar Night, Kimo Style

Yes, it’s time for the officially Academy-sanctioned Annual Oscar Party at the historic Kimo Theatre Downtown. Sunday’s Red Carpet / Black Tie event will benefit Friends for the Library. Red Carpet begins at 5:30 with complimentary hors’ douvres, gift bags, silent auction and more.
February 26, 2012
$75 single / $125 couple
Tickets and Map

24th Annual Fiery Foods Show Coming In March

It looks like it might not be too early to start stocking up on Tums if you’re planning to head out to the ever-popular Fiery Foods Show. With a host of seriously hot culinary offerings, the show will once again be hosted at the Sandia Resort and Casino.
March 2-4, 2012

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