Mom's New Mexico Style Green Chile Enchiladas
This is the dish that defines my mother's cooking. Her enchiladas have been the centerpiece of every celebration we've had over the years--birthdays, homecomings, and holidays. When she outdoes herself--which is most of the time, she also makes a big pot of soupy pinto beans (the kind you can only get at home), Spanish rice, and the New Mexican fry bread called sopaipillas. These are served alongside the enchiladas, and you take a bite of sopapilla and spoon some honey inside. The combination of flavors--sweet and oily sopaipillas with the creamy, earthy, spicy flavors of the enchiladas is unbelievable. Friends who have been fortunate enough to have a place at her table have had their lives changed by mother's cooking.