Speaking of fair food, Wine Fest and the Southern New Mexico State Fair are never complete without quesadillas with asadero and green chile. I'm pretty sure these quesadillas are a regional thing, so I set out to recreate it for all you good people out there. It is NOT meant to be kept secret. Despite the fact that these specific quesadillas are usually consumed alongside wine at the summer festivals, quesadillas in general remind me of my childhood. Most summers of our later elementary and middle school life, my brother and I both stayed home while our parents worked. In order to keep us from completely wasting away our lives, my mom would leave us a schedule.
Needless to say, we were in the most trouble of our lives when my mom came home unannounced and we were watching TV during our time allotted for practicing music. And when I say BIG TROUBLE, I mean all we did the rest of the summer was pull crabgrass in our front yard. Our punishment was to pull it until it was gone. And as you all probably know, once it's there, it's never just "gone."
Aaaaanyway, back to melty, cheesy, spice. Those summer days were also filled with making our own lunches. My brother chose most days to venture into easy-mac land. I, however, had a much more sophisticated palate. I usually made myself some pan-fried hot dogs, a sandwich, or the ever-pleasing quesadilla.