Kamis, 06 November 2008

Poetry for Mother

Meskipun dirimu manusia biasa Although reggae man
bagiku engkaulah malaikatku for you malaikatku
yang tak pernah lelah never tired
membimbingku Member

ibu, maafkanlah aku mother, I maafkanlah
yang dulu sering tidak memahamimu I do not often called
yang kadang meremehkanmu that sometimes meremehkanmu

ibu engkaulah suwargo katon itu mother that you suwargo katon
tak pernah terlambat memberi kedamaian never too late to give peace
semoga kau bahagia selalu I wish you always happy
semoga aku dapat membahagiakanmu Hopefully I can membahagiakanmu

ibu, hari ini kami memperingatimu mother, today we memperingatimu
ibu, “selamat hari ibu” mother, "happy mother"
terimalah salamku Accept my
dari anakmu from children

* suwargo katon , dalam bahasa jawa berarti surga yang terlihat, surga yang menjadi nyata. * Suwargo katon, in the Java language means that heaven is seen, a real paradise.

Mama's Story

The 150 year Ortega tradition all started with Maria Conception Jacinta Dominguez Ortega, or as we like to call her, Mama.

Mama Ortega

In the 1800's Mama and her beloved family lived in a small three-room adobe, common to the Spanish settlements of the time. Inside the thick adobe walls, Mama Ortega created a loving home for her 13 children (yes, 13!) centered around the tiny kitchen. With all those kids to feed, dinner was a major feat indeed.

From her small charcoal-burning stove, Mama Ortega whipped up memorable meals her family loved. Everything for each meal was homegrown, handpicked and handmade. From the juicy red tomatoes for her sauces, to the corn she patted into mouthwatering tortillas, everything Mama lovingly prepared for her family was fresh. Each dish was special. And like today, meals were a time for Mama and her family to come together, enjoy good food and entertain each other with stories of their day. Home cooked meals have a way of bringing people together like that.

Emilio C. Ortega

Mama's memorable cooking did more than just bring her family together. It was in Mama's kitchen that her 11th child, Emilio, established the Ortega Chile Packing Company. Yep, the first commercial food operation in the state of California was created in the same place Mama created all those unforgettable meals. It might be one hundred and fifty years later, but we're still inspired by Mama's cooking. And we hope you will be, too.

How it Started

It all started with chile peppers. Emilio's fascination with chiles began when he moved to New Mexico in 1890. Here he encountered the state's popular big red chiles.

Emilio discovered he preferred this chile when it was still young and green because it was tender and mild in flavor.

At the early Ortega plant, green chiles were received fresh from the growers, then placed in huge hoppers for thorough cleaning.

When he returned home to California a few years later, he brought with him chile pepper seeds and many recipes for dishes he had grown to love while in New Mexico. Back home with his family at their abode house in Ventura, California, Emilio planted the chile seeds. Those chiles grew extremely well in the temperature climate of Ventura. Soon Emilio had so many chiles he had to give them away. Everyone loved them! That's when he knew he had something special.

Emilio learned that if the green chiles were roasted, peeled, seeded and washed, they could be preserved in jars for some time. But since glass was difficult to handle, Emilio worked out a way to use cans instead. He founded the Ortega Chile Packaging Company; the first commercial food operation in the state of California!

Cartons of Ortega chiles sit ready for shipping around the world.

Emilio worked hard to grow the highest quality chiles so when people in the grocery store selected chiles or his salsa, they knew they were buying the best.

In 1946, the Ortega family sold the business and the new owners continued to build and modernize the business.

In 2003, B&G Foods purchased the Ortega brand. Like Emilio Ortega, B&G Foods has a long tradition of commitment to quality. So today, when a family picks up a can of chiles or a box of taco shells, they know they are getting the very best. This web site has been created to continue the rich heritage of the Ortega family. By sharing our collection of delicious Mexican recipes, we hope to help you create fond memories of great meals shared with your family.