I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

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 ]

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 ]

February - 14 - 2014

I’m a fan of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules. If our grandparents wouldn’t recognize it, we shouldn’t eat it. That’s his advice. And baking my own corn chips from locally produced corn tortillas seems to get pretty close to that ideal. I’m all out of chips, as I have been for several weeks (okay, I refuse to buy a bag of tortilla chips because I’ll eat them all in one sitting – I’m a chips and salsa junky.  Any questions?) and now I’ve become addicted to my own home-baked corn chips.  And I thought you just might enjoy knowing how I  [ Read More ]

December - 11 - 2013

It’s a snowy day in northern New Mexico.  If you’re looking for something delicious, simple and easy to make for dinner, I found it.  And then I made it last night.  I guess it was my unintentional meatless Monday meal. I ventured out of the house yesterday after hours of watching it snow, and I eventually ended up my mother’s very warm inviting kitchen, drinking coffee.  There was a new dish on her stove, a pie pan of something looking suspiciously green chile-ish.  “What’s that, and may I have it for lunch?” I asked.  “Eat it all,” she said, “your  [ Read More ]

January - 27 - 2012

  This is a repost of something I write back in the summer of 2010.  The January wind outside is giving me an itch to get my hands dirty and start gardening. . .I’m counting the days until the last frost. Back in the day when I was finishing my degree at UNM, trying to fit a full load of classes into my life as a single mom with a third grader and a high school junior, as well as a full-time job, I had a history teacher, Virginia Scharff, who was ruthless about assigning papers.  I recently found my  [ Read More ]

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October - 26 - 2011

We love baseball at my house, so every night that there’s been a game on, we’ve planned our meals accordingly.  Ultra simple and easy, something that can be eaten without thinking while sitting in front of the tv.  Couch potato food, but we’re pretty dedicated to being at least slightly nutritious. . . On Monday night, we had beans made in the crock pot, fried potatoes and muenster cheese-stuffed jalapenos wrapped in turkey bacon (baked in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes while Texas was trying to tie the game).  While the fried potatoes might not qualify as ultra-healthy, we  [ Read More ]

October - 16 - 2011

I’m trying, I’m trying.  Honestly, I am.  I’m really trying to follow Michael Pollan’s Food Rules and eat as locally as possible.  But sometimes it’s tricky in this impossibly dry climate where everybody’s gardens have been stubbornly unproductive.  And I live 24 miles from a Farmer’s Market. When I see an opportunity to try a local product, I’m on it. And Sunland Organic Peanut Butter is just that.  I had my reservations when I stopped in their retail store on the outskirts of Portales, New Mexico.  I’ve tried natural/organic peanut butter before.  It’s generally very dry and the oil is always in a  [ Read More ]

September - 2 - 2011

Here’s what we do in Logan for Labor Day weekend:  Put Up Our Chile.  And yeah, we do some other stuff – there are garage sales throughout the Village to take advantage of the Ute Lake crowd, there are afternoons on the water, there are barbecues and dinners.  But what we do most of all and what trumps other activities is putting up our chile. It doesn’t just start with the putting up.  The process starts about a week beforehand for those of who are lucky enough to be on Chris Flannagan’s speed dial.  “Bunny, you want chiles again this  [ Read More ]

January - 22 - 2011

This being a new year and all, I decided to take a look at my past posts and see what you were all reading the most.  Turns out, surprisingly, that my post last January 17, 2010, on New Mexico Breakfasts and Green Chile Sauce has gotten the most views since the beginning of this little endeavor.  I’m not much of a believer in re-posting, but I thought you might enjoy a second look.  Or a first look, just in case you missed it.  I just read it again, and it made me hungry!! New Mexico Breakfasts and Green Chile Sauce It’s  [ Read More ]

October - 1 - 2010

There aren’t many things I miss about living in the city, but having a Farmer’s Market to visit on a weekly basis is one of them.  Well, that and really good takeout pizza.  Movies at the megaplex on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Bookstores that stay open until 11 p.m.  Thai food.  Otherwise, I’m pretty content to stay in Logan where there are no stoplights, no criminals (other than those high school kids who took my Zune last spring, but they must have needed it more than me, right?), no lines at the post office or the MVD. Ah, but the  [ Read More ]

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