Judy and Gary near the Organ Mountains, a favorite place.
We moved to Las Cruces, NM in the Summer of 2000. One year earlier we had already decided to leave the hectic pace of life in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in favor of the open spaces and blue skies of New Mexico. Southern New Mexico was already almost like home to us. Over the past 20 years or so we had been here many times, on our way to and from backpacking trips in the Gila Wilderness. During those visits we had also acquired a taste for New Mexico chile...more about that later.
In the Fall of 1999 we set off on an exploratory tour of the heart of chile country. Along the way we shot many hours of digital video footage, documenting everything from green chile picking to the harvesting of dried red chile pods. We wound up our tour at the Hatch Chile Festival, and by that time we were hooked!
Back home in the city, we started work on a project that we would not actually complete until after we had relocated to New Mexico...our "Tale of Two Chiles" cookbook and video.
Now, here we are, still going strong, still enjoying New Mexico chile cooking, and still loving life in "The Land of Enchantment"!