Monthly Archives: April 2008

Family in town this week

Been having a nice visit with Virginia at the farm; we worked on making some new top secret products that we are planning to debut this summer.

Things are beginning to keep busy at the farm with the nicer weather:  like for instance the new part of garden……….see pics ………..

Dad is digging up for me on the side of the store.

Excited about next events coming up::  Makan da  Spring Festival on May  3 and 4 ;  Then Dad will go up  to the IAHSE  conference in Springfield on Mon/Tues, May 6 and 7.  Need more products for that.

Busy Busy Busy

Ancho or Poblano Mole

Some of you have been asking about more pepper recipes, and specifically for ancho or poblano recipes. Well we asked around and the one ancho recipe most people are familiar with is for making a deep dark sauce to put on anything from enchiladas to cornbread. Enjoy!


Ancho Mole Sauce  – Makes 4 cups


4 dried anchos
4 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil 
1/2 cup peanuts or almonds
1/2 cup raisins or dates
4 whole large tomatoes

1.5 ounce dark chocolate, minced


To Prepare

  • Place chiles in large bowl; add water over, Let stand about 2 hours, turning occasionally. 
  • Drain, but keep 1 cup soaking liquid. 
  • Chop chiles in large chunks. 
  • Heat oil in large skillet (cast iron is best) on low-to-medium-low heat. 
  • Add nuts, raisins and sauté until toasted, about 10 – 15 minutes. 
  • Move contents to blender or food processor, add chiles with 1 cup soaking liquid and add tomatoes. 
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Return to skillet and add an  additional 2 1/2 cups water and bring to boil, whisk while boiling. 
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; add chocolate and whisk until completely melted. 
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce becomes thick and dark. 
  • Salt to taste, then allow to cool.

Spring has sprung…


It’s finally Spring: 
Sunshine out and rain temporarily stopped/grass needs mowing/ greenhouse is repaired after ice storm and the daffodils are everywhere. Also the Business Expo for Union County was yesterday, so things are starting to line up and starting to fill up the calendar. 
  • Opening of Farm Store this year on May 30 -31 weekend. Hours open will be changed to 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the farm store
  • May 30 weekend we will also have a Plant Sale ……..including the newest variety : BHUT JOLOKIA which is purported to be the “hottest pepper in the world”, even surpassing Habaneros;  available ONLY at the Farm Store and Springfield Old Downtown Farmer Market………..not available on website
  •  This year we will have 11 varieties of SPICES  and will be adding 3 Dry Rubs to our Spcie Rack………..more info on this to put on website soon.
Keep checking back for the latest from Rancho Bella Vista.
– Carol