I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

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 ]

December - 22 - 2013

First Day of Winter.  Cold Weather.  Cold and Flu Season.  All great reasons to repost this one about the Pink Adobe with the recipe for Gypsy Stew.  With all the chicken, garlic and onions in this recipe (not to mention the four cups of green chile), this one is sure to cure all your wintertime blues! Originally from 12/22/09 MY FAVORITE THINGS:  Christmas almost here.  Snow in the forecast for tomorrow.  All my kids home for the holidays.  And now, just because I know it’s their favorite meal and will last us well into the New Year, there’s gypsy stew  [ Read More ]

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October - 22 - 2013

This is a repost. But I figured it was worth reposting just because it consistently shows up as the most popular post on this blog.  I guess you’re all looking for a good green chile stew recipe. Am I right? So, here you go: Yes, I missed my chance to write about getting your green chile fix on Sunday, and that would be because I was in Santa Fe celebrating my birthday with 6 cousins, my daughter, my sister and my niece. Big fun, great city, amazing food (ate at Tomasita’s and Del Charro. . .posts soon on those meals),  [ Read More ]

October - 18 - 2013

My best pal Sabrina’s Dad has been one of my most avid fans from the beginning.  He’s a New Mexican through and through.  He reads each of my blog posts and then calls me with ideas for future stories. I’ve known him my entire life, and today he’s in the hospital in Albuquerque, fighting a medical battle that may not have a happy ending.  It makes me incredibly sad to think of him not being around to read my blog posts about New Mexico, and so today, this one is just for you Lloyd. It’s all about tortillas.  Lloyd and  [ Read More ]

September - 22 - 2011

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year in New Mexico.  Cooler nights, green chile roasting, corn mazes, high school football.  And more green chile roasting.  There are green chile purists out there who will argue that Hatch green chile is the only way to go, that the best chile in the world is grown in the southern Rio Grande Corridor of New Mexico.  I’m a fan, don’t get me wrong, but I have to say that, consistently, the best green chile I’ve ever put in my freezer came from Corrales.  And that green chile always came from Wagner Farms. It’s  [ Read More ]

June - 23 - 2011

A couple of weeks ago I posted on Facebook that I was making King Ranch Casserole for dinner and asked whether anyone thought that was the way to my man’s heart.  The response was overwhelming, but mostly with comments like “yummmmmmmm” or “what’s that?  I have to have the recipe.”  I’m generally a fan of cooking whatever’s fresh and leaving the canned foods on the shelf for an emergency.  But an evening when you’re craving King Ranch Casserole (or something really easy to cook) can be considered an emergency.  Here’s the recipe.  Enjoy.  Consider taking it to the next potluck  [ Read More ]

May - 20 - 2011

One of my first blog posts was about the Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque (http://bit.ly/ef5S3P) because it is, bar none, one of my favorite places to eat in New Mexico.  Consistently good food, kitschy atmosphere, and the best conversations of my life.  Yesterday a Quay County friend of mine said they’d been to the Frontier for the first time and loved it, but had no idea what to order – the menu is chock full of choices, and just how (other than the mandatory cinnamon roll) do you choose? So as a public service to all you Frontier newbies out there,  [ Read More ]

December - 28 - 2009

Most of the great conversations of my lifetime have occurred at the Frontier Restaurant over a bowl of green chile stew, sharing a cinnamon roll. There’s really no other place like it in New Mexico. When I was thinking of moving to Albuquerque from Amarillo, on my very first weekend apartment hunting, my pal Candi took me to the Frontier for breakfast on a Sunday morning. It was like going to Mecca for green chile lovers. It made up my mind – I had to get home to a state that served food like that. The Frontier is located directly  [ Read More ]

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