I Love New Mexico

About all things New Mexican

January - 27 - 2014

This post originally appeared at the Two Casitas blog I write for Wendy Kapp. One of the absolute best things about Santa Fe is the eating. I agree that it’s not the only thing worthwhile about visiting – there’s the Opera and the Lensic and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Plaza and the Railyard and the hiking and the skiing and Ten Thousand Waves and music at El Farol on a Saturday night. . . There are a lot of good reasons to visit Santa Fe. But the food. . .just thinking about the amazing and varied food you  [ Read More ]

November - 7 - 2013

This is a repost, just in time for Thanksgiving menu planning. I love creating Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  I do the turkey and a few sides, and then my various family and friends who are invited bring the rest.  They’re given general guidelines, but I never know exactly what variation of mashed potatoes or green bean casserole or pie will show up. We always have something spicy on hand, and lots of chopped fresh green chile to spoon over your turkey and dressing.  Here’s just one of the dishes that I’m making this year. Someone posted on Twitter today  [ Read More ]

September - 21 - 2013

There’s a lot to love about living in Santa Fe.  Great food.  Perfect weather about 90% of the time.  Culture.  Art. The lava lamps at the Cowgirl (for the uninitiated, that’s  Pabst Blue Ribbon with swirled frozen margarita). Hiking (which I plan to take up any day now).  Snow skiing. And then there’s the Wine and Chile Festival.  Just the name conjures up some great images, doesn’t it?  Make your mouth water? Starting next Wednesday, September 25, and running through Sunday, September 29, the Wine and Chile Festival is just what you’d expect – a festival celebrating two of my  [ Read More ]

Plaza Cafe, Santa Fe, chile relleno omelette
October - 10 - 2012

I just wrote a fun blog post for Two Casitas at www.twocasitas.com/santafeblog about what one must absolutely NOT miss when visiting the Plaza. Looks like we’re going to do a series. And you know me.  I had to start with food. If you’ve never had a Chile Relleno Omelette, or the best posole in Santa Fe, or Green Chile Meatloaf, read on. Here’s a portion of my post for Wendy at Two Casitas. And yes, I’ve written before about the Plaza Café. Love it. I get to write over and over about the things I love in New Mexico, don’t  [ Read More ]

March - 22 - 2012

Guest Blog by Lynn from New Mexico Enchantment  There’s something to be said for comfort food. We all have fond memories of certain foods. These foods may symbolize special events or people in our lives or are associated with feeling loved and cared for.  When I left my home state of New Mexico, and moved 1500 miles away to Washington state, I didn’t realize how much I would come to rely on comfort food. It didn’t even occur to me how much I would need a taste of home now and then. It didn’t take long for me to feel  [ Read More ]

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 - 19 - 2011

Here’s what I ate for lunch yesterday.  In Tucumcari.  A combination plate with an enchilada the size of a large burrito smothered in delicious red chile, a taco with a fresh homemade taco shell, and a chile relleno smothered in perfectly made green chile.  Not a big deal, right?  The sort of meal you get every day in Albuquerque or Santa Fe or Las Cruces, right?  Well, let me tell you, it was a big deal to me and my friends – it has been YEARS since someone in Tucumcari (or Quay County for that matter) took the time to make a fresh chile  [ 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 ]

April - 19 - 2011

Some nights you just don’t want to create a meal.  Some nights you’re hungry for something you don’t usually get at the local diner.  Some nights you just want popcorn. So some nights, at our house, we just have popcorn.  But recently Dave came up with idea of spooning some Chimayo red chile into the oil (yeah, we make our popcorn in a pan. . .) and then, after it popped, topping it with garlic salt.  Heaven.  Absolutely amazing.  Better than any other popcorn you can get in the universe.  The perfect accompaniment to a night of Glee. For those  [ Read More ]

April - 5 - 2011

Johanna and I had lunch this past Saturday at  Barelas Coffee House in Albuquerque (1502 Fourth St., S.W., 505-843-7577).  I had the carne adovada plate, she had the carne adovada burrito. I used to always have the posole – this is truly the best place in New Mexico to get posole, and with a side of chicharrones (yeah, I know – chicharrones are against the cardiologist law of life), a bowl of onions and a slice or two of lemon, the posole is delicious.  Perfect. But the carne adovada.  Wow!  I’ve been on a search for the best carne adovada in New  [ Read More ]

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