I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

green chile
August - 25 - 2016

This is a repost (from Feb 10, 2010) of a great recipe I borrowed from Food Network Favorites and then modified. I took this to a potluck recently and everyone wanted the recipe.  I’m suggesting you try it sometime soon.  It’s an easy way to get you green chile fix AND impress your neighbors or co-workers. Although I’m doing my very best to follow Michael Pollan’s Food Rules (see previous post at http://bit.ly/fYbPsT), there are days, especially when you’ve been up to your arse in alligators and you come home and take something out of the freezer (gypsy stew from the  [ Read More ]

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August - 23 - 2016

One of my posts in this blog was all about cooking calabacitas for the California nieces, and it dawned on me that the easiest way for everyone, especially someone new to this cuisine, to prepare traditional New Mexican dishes is to own one of my favorite cookbooks – Simply Simpatico, from the Junior League of Albuquerque (find at http://www.jlabq.org/ – $19.95). My copy was given to me by my pal Patty Williams, back in 1988, and the pages are, quite appropriately, smeared with evidence of red chile sauce, avocado, batter from chile rellenos.  I’ve USED this cookbook. Especially during the years that I was  [ Read More ]

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August - 20 - 2016

I stood at the window and watched a wild turkey parade go by this morning, across the driveway and up the hill into the pinons. One, two, three, four, five, six, eight, ten, twelve, and finally fourteen if I counted correctly. They are so goofy and regal at the same time, scurrying and bobbing their ugly heads as if they don’t know how unattractive they are, holding themselves very erect. At that moment they unquestionably owned that spot of ground on which they stand. It reminded me of a dozen other wild turkey stories, which is what New Mexico is  [ Read More ]

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June - 26 - 2016

It’s that time of year again when most of you are packing your swimsuits to head to the lake. Or packing the camper to head to the mountains for some fishing. We’re all for that sort of thing, so we’ll be packing the pickup to head up to Heron Lake for a few nights over the 4th of July weekend. BUT, we will definitely be back before Monday morning so that we can partake of the Pancakes on the Plaza. As the website says, when locals think about July 4th, they think “Pancakes on the Plaza.” Sponsored by the Rotary  [ Read More ]

cranberry salsa
November - 23 - 2015

It’s that time again!  I first posted this in November 2010, and have posted it each Thanksgiving since.  It’s too delicious NOT to have on your table. This is the easiest cranberry salsa recipe in existence.  If you’re a total purist, make your own cranberry sauce from the directions on a bag of fresh cranberries.  If you’re in a hurry and have 22 other dishes to make (that’s me), use canned cranberry sauce. And this isn’t just a Thanksgiving recipe – make it and take to a potluck and you’ll be deemed brilliant.  All the other guests will want your  [ Read More ]

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October - 27 - 2015

For those of you who follow this website with some regularity, or if you’re read my About Me page, you already know that my Big Why is raising money for Fight Colorectal Cancer. And why is this my Big Why? Because I am a Stage IV colon cancer (with mets to my liver) survivor. Three years ago, I spent a night in the ER, thinking that I needed an appendectomy. I had NOT had a single day of symptoms until the day that I drove myself to the ER from Urgent Care. I thought I was the healthiest person in  [ Read More ]

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June - 9 - 2015

I am perhaps the most fortunate person alive, I thought to myself this morning as I took an early morning walk through downtown Santa Fe. I get to live in a place I love, and I get to do this. I get to leave my house at 7:30 and walk four blocks up San Francisco Street toward the Plaza. There are a few dog walkers that I recognize, and we say hello, and sometimes I get to stop and pet their pooches and we exchange a few words about the amazing weather and is it going to rain and isn’t  [ Read More ]

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May - 29 - 2015

The Santa Fean recently named David Geist as one of the “25 locals we love.”  When David Perozzi of ABC News contacted me about writing a guest post about David Geist, I was absolutely on board. Enjoy! And then get out there and buy this new CD. Guest Post by David Perozzi, ABC News, Senior Producer   This past April 8th, musician David Geist released his second CD called Inside the Flame. The music is a soulful and artful combo platter that sounds more George Winston then Geist’s Broadway roots. Small wonder, in 2005, this Broadway musician made his way  [ Read More ]

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May - 28 - 2015

Today is moving day at my house, so I don’t have a lot of words. But I do have some amazing photos of New Mexico skies – we’ve had unseasonably wet weather recently and with the rain comes some breathtaking clouds with the evening light playing off their surfaces. Happy Thursday to you. I’ll be boxing up everything I own and putting it in the back of the pickup to move a few blocks closer to downtown Santa Fe. I hope you’ll be doing something equally fun.

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May - 25 - 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website, Memorial Day was first established as “Decoration Day,” three years after the end of the Civil War. An organization consisting of the heads of the Union Army declared May 30 a date dedicated to decorating the graves of the war dead. There’s speculation that it was chosen because there would be plenty of flowers available at that time of year. After World War I, the holiday was expanded to include those who have died in all American wars, not just the Civil War. Like the rest of the country, New Mexico  [ Read More ]

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