About this time last year, on our way back from our San Francisco trip, we went to this restaurant that I saw on "Divers, Drive-ins, and Dives," in a town called Pescadero. On the show, they mentioned this cream of artichoke soup that sounded really good, and they're kinda famous for. So I had my heart on trying that.
Well, when we got there, I saw that they had cream of green chile soup.
I was torn.
Thankfully, they brought us out a sampling of four of their awesome soups, so we could make up our minds.
As soon as that cream of green chile soup touched my lips, I was in heaven! I did not hesitate to order a bowl of that.
It was so good, I just wanted to bottle it up and take it home and eat it every day! But I didn't.
I kind of forgot about it until the other day, and I randomly remembered that delicious soup. So I decided to see if I could find a recipe for it.
I searched for "Duarte's Tavern cream of green chile soup recipe," and sure enough, I found it! From what I can tell, this person basically tried to recreate the soup, and this is as close to the original as she got. Since it's been a year since we've had it, it was hard to remember how close the taste actually was, but nevertheless, it was delicious!
To make it, I had to do something that I never did in the 3 years of living in New Mexico - roast green chiles. I mean, when they have a roaster at Wal-Mart doing it, why do it yourself?
I probably looked a little strange at Von's picking out 20 anaheim chiles, but I was excited.
The roasting definitely took some time, especially since I could only fit 5 chiles on a baking sheet at once, but it was well worth it.
Here are some of my chiles ready to go in the oven.
And here they are after roasting.
This is after they had been peeled.
And here's the yummy soup, with crushed blue corn tortilla chips to add some color! I'm not a food photographer, and I'm not at all happy with these pictures - I tried, but I failed. But I did not fail in making the recipe. If you're a fan of green chiles, I highly recommend it.