A treat coupon can be traded in for any treat starting after lunch the day after you earn the coupon. It's fascinating to watch how their asset management skills are developing. Tala will get a coupon and spend it as soon as she is able. Diana stockpiles her coupons and if she is not particularly fond of a dinner, she will ask to be excused so she can check on her coupon stash. If she has enough coupons to at least get a treat the next day, she decides not to finish dinner. This kid is going to build empires.
Some weeks are better than others, and each girl earns three or more coupons. Some weeks are not so good, though, and on those weeks I try to make at least one dinner that I know for sure will help them each earn a coupon. One of those meals is green chile soup.
|Warm and yummy in my belly, like love in a bowl.|
Maybe I'll be forgiven if I tell you that I use freshly roasted pasilla chiles. YES WAY. I wish I had one of those awesome bingo-drum roasters that we see all over New Mexico in the autumn, but I don't, so I just broil my pasillas in the oven. It is a bit time-consuming, so I try to roast a bunch at a time and store the chile in the freezer. Here's what I do:
|Broil them in high heat until they blister like this. Using tongs, turn them frequently to get even blistering on all sides.|
|Take them out of the oven and plunge them in an ice bath.|
|Put the chiles in the food processor and wazz them up. Yes, I just totally made up that word.|
If you do not have the time nor the inclination to roast your own chiles, Trader Joe's makes a passable canned version.
|Look how much prettier and yummier the freshly roasted chile is, though.|
All righty! Let's make some soup!