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Smell that?

That’s the smell of August. It’s the fiery, smokey scent of (probably) a ton of Hatch Chiles roasting at the door step of my HEB.

This month, my package of HEB Primo Picks was bursting at the seams with Hatch Chile This and Hatch Chile That and Oh! Oh! – More Hatch Chile Goodness.

After the squeals subsided, I grabbed the Two Bean Hatch Pepper Dip, Hatch Salsa Verde, and the Hatch Tortilla Chips and then went to work giving everyone’s (including mine!) favorite party dip from 1987 a modern face lift.

The Seven Layer Dip. I know you remember it. Layers of taco night fixins dumped into a casserole dish and topped with those vile little black, rubber-tire olives. (Could those things be any grosser?!)

This version – it’s fresher, it’s loaded with hatch chiles in three different layers, and it’s thankfully missing anything that could resemble a tire.

Layer 1: Refried Beans Roberts Reserve Two Bean Hatch Pepper Dip
Layer 2: Guacamole Avocado, smashed with lime and salt
Layer 3: Picante sauce Central Market Hatch Chile Salsa Verde
Layer 4: Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
Layer 5: Sour Cream (or if, like me, you only ever buy fat-free Greek yogurt – then fat-free Greek yogurt)
Layer 6: Roasted hatch chiles
Layer 7: Pico de gallo

So head out today – or, like, yesterday – to get your Hatch Chile on. Hoard Buy, seed, chop, bag, freeze, and repeat. 3 or 300 times. I won’t judge – I’ll be far too busy trying to find room among the 20lb of cherries in my freezer for 20lbs of hatch chiles.

Update: The lucky winner is Debbie with comment #71!

HEB has provided a selection of Primo Picks for one lucky reader. To enter, simply answer the question in the comments below: What is your favorite dish using Hatch/green chiles?

Me, while I may still be partial to these enchiladasHatch & Pepperoni Pizza. That is definitely where it’s at.

You can earn up to 4 extra entries by:
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow HEB on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow the blog’s Instagram feed.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow HEB on Pinterest.

The fine print:
– Maximum of five (5) entries per person.
– Giveaway ends at midnight (Texas time, y’all) on Wednesday, August 20.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a selection of HEB Primo Picks from HEB.
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Winning “extra entry” comments subject to verification.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

Seven-Layer Hatch Chile Dip

A fresher version of the traditional Seven-Layer Mexican Dip, loaded with roasted hatch chiles.

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz jar Roberts Reserve Two Bean Hatch Pepper Dip
  • 1 large avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • ~1/2 jar Central Market Hatch Chile Salsa Verde
  • Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • Sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 large hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • Small handful cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a wide dish or pie plate, evenly spread the bean dip.
  2. Smash the avocado with some lime juice and a generous pinch of salt and spread over the beans.
  3. Spoon the salsa verde over top and sprinkle with a layer of cheese.
  4. Spread the sour cream over the cheese and sprinkle the roasted chiles over top.
  5. In a small bowl, stir the tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro together with a pinch of salt.
  6. Spread pico de gallo evenly over the top of the dip.
  7. Serve cold with tortilla chips.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and baby-Elmo-clogged-toilets are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 3 locations within a 5 mile radius.

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Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade and Goat Cheese

When I look at The Four Year Old and tell her that we’re having salmon for dinner, she gets this hopeful look on her face and asks: Cooked salmon?

The disappointment is instantaneous when I tell her yes, I will in fact be cooking the salmon first. I was 22 when I had sushi for the first time. Landry? Wielding chopsticks since around 2.

When April’s HEB Primo Picks arrived, I made a beeline for the Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade, a flavorful sauce studded with chunks of red peppers. I knew exactly what I was going to do with it: pour it into a small ramekin, top with a some goat cheese rounds, pop it into the oven until it was bubbly perfection, and call it mine.

(Disclosure: I also made a beeline for the Multigrain Smoked Gouda Chips. Total domination. Those guys didn’t stand a smokey, crunchy chance against me and that bowl of Strawberry Salsa.)

Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade and Goat Cheese

Instead, I opted to share. A cold slab of salmon and crumbly, tangy goat cheese were calling. A 7-minute trip through the broiler was all it took to transform 3 ingredients into a fabulous main dish.

It’s hard for even The Four Year Old to be disappointed in dinner when it’s that delicious.

Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade and Goat Cheese

As for the giveaway, HEB has set aside a collection of their Primo Picks to be delivered to a lucky reader. And I have set aside a $50 gift card (HEB or Amazon, your choice!) to be delivered to that same lucky reader.

The winner is… Heather with comment #88. Thanks for playing!

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments below: What is your favorite way to prepare salmon?

My 4-year-old will answer: sushi.
My husband will answer: sushi.
I will answer: do I really just have to choose one?

You can earn up to 4 extra entries by:
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow HEB on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow the blog’s Instagram feed.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow HEB on Pinterest.

(Bonus entries must be left as separate comments to count as extra entries – your comment number is your “raffle ticket.”)

The fine print:
– Maximum of four (5) entries per person.
– Giveaway ends at midnight (Texas time, y’all) on Friday, May 2nd.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a selection of HEB Primo Picks from HEB.
– Winner will receive their choice of a $50 HEB Gift Card or a $50 Amazon e-Card (maximum retail value of prize = $50).
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Winning “extra entry” comments subject to verification.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

Salmon With Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade & Goat Cheese

Broiled salmon topped with red pepper tapenade and tangy goat cheese - dinner is on the table in 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 6-oz salmon filets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • HEB Red Pepper Tapenade
  • Crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler and line a pan with foil.
  2. Lightly spray/drizzle olive oil onto the foil.
  3. Place the salmon filets on the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly spray/drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Broil for 5-6 minutes.
  6. Top each filet with a generous spoonful of tapenade and some goat cheese.
  7. Return to broiler for 1-2 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and baby-Elmo-clogged-toilets are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 3 locations within a 5 mile radius.

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Raise your hand if you, too, are on a first name basis with your UPS guy.

He comes here… kind of a lot. Right after we moved in, I opened the front door and there he was – holding a box of Internet magic. “I think I have a box of fun! [I think it was wine. So he was right.] But, uh, it’s for… um, [makes face], ‘Foodie Briiiide?’ ” And he said it almost exactly like Sloth in Goonies: Rocky Roooaaadd?

That’s when I launch into the explanation that I have a site where I post pictures of my dinner and people come look at it and I either get the vacant look with a super polite nod or I get the “Hey! I know you!”

This time of year, he is showing up daily with a new Christmas present or a toy drive donation. And if I could have him bring me groceries, I would. Not that I’m a recluse or anything, but I’d love the chance to try to be all that I could be. And never have to buy mascara again.

Anyway, we’re beyond grateful for you guys that stop by here to look for dinner inspiration or pick up a margarita recipe. And that brings us to the final item of our Favorite Things giveaway this year: a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Click-click-click-done! Because the internet is magical, your stuff arrives via your very own awesome UPS guy 2 days later unless you, too, once convinced yourself that you didn’t “need” Prime and then by the time that outfit for your daughter arrived, she had nearly outgrown it.*

*Dramatization. But seriously. That took a crazy &^%$#@!@ long time. I’m conditioned to a 48-hour gap between “done” and “doorbell.” But 9 days?! I couldn’t take it.

Updated: The winner is… Tracy with comment #198! Thank you for reading – and check your email!

To enter to win the gift card, simply complete this sentence in the comments below: Christmas/The Holidays just isn’t/aren’t the same without ________________.

Aside from me complaining about Last Christmas by Wham. :)

Me? Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a tin of Grandma’s homemade candy. She makes “fuzzy fingers,” fudge, a sort of deconstructed/layered peanut butter cup, and that pink patty peanut candy that I always steered clear of as a child because when your grandparents live on a farm, you don’t exactly jump at the chance to eat something called a “patty.”

But, like Linus tells Charlie Brown, the real meaning of Christmas can be found inside that first bite of a Texas Pink Patty. And I’ll prove it to you later this week.

You can earn up to 3 extra entries by:
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Twitter.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow the blog’s Instagram feed.

(Bonus entries must be left as separate comments to count as extra entries – your comment number is your “raffle ticket.”)

The fine print:
– Maximum of four (4) entries per person.
– All “My Favorite Things” giveaways end at 12:01am (Texas time!) on December 12th.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive their choice of a $100 Amazon Gift Card or e-Card (maximum retail value of prize = $100).
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Winning “extra entry” comments subject to verification.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– All prizes are provided by Confections of a Foodie Bride, because we love you guys.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

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Who doesn’t love order? An entire cabinet’s worth of shiny new pots, lined up neatly. Each with it’s very own lid. That fits!

The perfection lasts about 4 days. Then they just get shoved under the cooktop after their first trip through the dishwasher and you almost get the cabinet door completely closed before you notice that one hold-out macaroni noodle stuck to the side.

Did I run the dishwasher without a Finish tab again?

It happens.

The 3rd item of our Favorite Things giveaway is a big 17 piece set of shiny, stainless steel Cuisinart cookware. It’s all yours to do whatever you’d like to do. Boil, sear, simmer, scorch, and burn.

But hopefully not that thing that happens when you walk out of the room and forget about the leftover chili that was supposed to be frito pie for lunch.

That also sometimes happens.

Update: The winner is… Bianca with comment #210! Thanks for reading – and check your email!

To enter to win the cookware, simply put all your holly and your jolly aside, forget the reason for the season, pull out your very best Grinch face, and answer this question in the comments below: What Christmas song do you absolutely despise and why?

There is a lot of terrible Christmas music out there. Some incredibly sad, some incredibly annoying, and some just incredibly dumb. I mean, how do you decide the worst of the worst between Last Christmas, Christmas Shoes, and creepy Baby It’s Cold Outside in its many creepy forms?

While I originally thought I’d have a hard time picking a new bad song this year – do I still hate “Last Christmas” with the fire of 10000 Texas summers or is it just habit now? – I ran out of iTunes Radio skips this morning and do you know what iFate served me up?

Last Christmas by Wham.

Yep. Still the worst Christmas song ever.

Now let’s all go sing a terribly off-key version of O Holy Night and find our will to live again!

You can earn up to 3 extra entries by:
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Twitter.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow us on Facebook.
– Leaving a separate comment below that you follow the blog’s Instagram feed.

(Bonus entries must be left as separate comments to count as extra entries – your comment number is your “raffle ticket.”)

The fine print:
– Maximum of four (4) entries per person.
– All “My Favorite Things” giveaways end at 12:01am (Texas time!) on December 12th.
– Winner will be selected by one of those cold, soulless, unfeeling random number generator thingies and announced on this post.
– Winners will receive a Cuisinart 77-17 Chef’s Classic Stainless 17-Piece Cookware Set (maximum retail value of prize = $200).
– Prize must be claimed within 7 days or it will be forfeited.
– Winning “extra entry” comments subject to verification.
– Prize can only be shipped to a US address.
– All prizes are provided by Confections of a Foodie Bride, because we love you guys.
– Official giveaway rules can be found here.

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