thefood“Oh, the food, the food, the food…”

Yvonne, Albuquerque, NM

The Food!

Some of you have probably figured out that I love to cook. For several years now I’ve been saying that I’m working on a cookbook. Well, I am! The difficulty for me has been committing to one version of any recipe. Discovery of a new spice mix, a certain flour or grain (teff is my new favorite) sends me off on a new wave of experimentation with old and new recipes. How to best convey that in a cookbook? Do I pick one version of the recipe or share all its incarnations? Good cooking is alchemy. Something arises that is greater than the sum of its parts. Hey, that sounds pretty good! I’ll probably put THAT in the cookbook!

Other favorite things: setting a beautiful, interesting table and planning events. Three seasons (all but Winter) are great for parties on the porch. And in Winter, our dining room with a fire in the wood stove is a great place to gather. Dinners for 25 served by my “biker” waiter (some of you know who I’m talking about) have been a great success. Think of us for your special events. We’ll plan an event to remember here at Black Mesa. I love birthdays and weddings, informal fun days, formal candlelit nights. I love people at the piano or sitting on the porch.

Many of you may not know but I planned events in Nashville. My company, Outrageous Parties, was the company to go to for fabulous affairs. Now, I’m here in Ojo Caliente and I want you to join me here for your special event. Whether it’s champagne breakfast in bed for the two of you or dinner for 25 to 30, I love to make magic here at Black Mesa.


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