Man, are we set. Thanks to Larry, we have 50 little ziplocs in the freezer, each of which contains 3 or 4 whole roasted chiles. I froze them in what would typically be a portion for two if added to a hamburger or a grilled cheese sandwich.
That's 50 net. Another 12 or so chiles were skinned warm, diced, and mixed with chopped garlic, salt, a little vinegar, some EVOO and a couple tablespoons of water to make a just-chile fresh salsa for tortilla chips. We meant that to be a snack in preparation for a whole southwestern dinner, but the chiles were so great that this was all we wanted for dinner so we scraped the other plans.
The just-chile salsa was not my own idea, but that of some friends of friends we visited last weekend in Santa Ynez who, coincidentally, were that day roasting their own New Mexico green chiles. The male half of the couple grew up in NM, so this is an annual ritual for them. Theirs was more virginal, just garlic and salt, but I added the water, oil and vinegar to brighten the flavors and also create a slushier consistency that self-loaded onto a tortilla chip more effectively.
Their chiles were Sandias, mine were Big Jims. Additionally, they picked and roasted whole green chiles they grew themselves. I'm not sure what variety their home grown chiles were, but they were hotter and much less fruity than the Sandias, and therefore to my tastes much less interesting. By fruity, I mean the home grown chiles tasted of green pepper + hot, where the Sandias had that plus bright sweet complicated bursts that were, in wine terms, reminiscent of apples and pomegranite. When I told them I was getting Big Jims, their reaction suggested that the Big Jims were milder than the Sandias. Well, having eaten my share of both on tortilla chips, I'd say they were identically hot, and the Big Jims were fruitier/more complex. Not by quite as big a margin as their Sandias vs. the home growns, but by a few degrees. Having tried both, I would absolutely order the Big Jims all over again.
Larry, thanks again. I will be thanking you all year long.