Growing up in Northern California, the kitchen was the heartbeat of my house. I often found myself wandering in, drawn there by the amazing smells that made their way to my room. My Dad was the cook of the family, and he never hesitated to put me to work chopping, slicing and doing the dishes. I loved our time there together. His favorite cuisines were the heat packed flavors of New Mexico and New Orleans. Open the pantry on any given day, and bags of dried chiles in every size and color would literally spill out. To say he was a fanatic is an understatement, he loved his chiles and loved to cook for us, so they made it into practically every meal we ate.
California Love — All Purpose Chile Blend is definitely not as hot as what I grew up with, but instead is perfect for family taco night or a pot of chile con carne; bold in flavor and not too spicy. Use it in any recipe that calls for chile powder. Inspired by the flavors of my childhood, this blend is dedicated to my Dad, whose passion in the kitchen set me on my path of spreading love through food.