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21st Nov, 2012

Cookbooks, Gatherings

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Gumbo Tales

It’s Slow Foods “Dinner and a Book” night.  We read “Gumbo Tales,” a book that will make you sweat and your hair go limp with humidity as Sara Roahan takes you through N’Awlins food culture.  I love New Orleans and its pea soup humidity, its

Lara Fitzgerald

25th Oct, 2012

Restaurants, Travel, Wines

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Cafe Noir

We’ve discovered a great restaurant in Santa Monica, Bistro of Santa Monica.  It’s at the corner of 23rd and Santa Monica Blvd.  It feels like it’s been there forever. You come in out of the bright California sun and you’re back in the 40s.  It’s

Lara Fitzgerald

21st Oct, 2012

Restaurants, Travel

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Red Rock Casino and Spa in Las Vegas

Las Vegas The Red Rock Casino and Spa is quite luxurious.  Our room is on the 15th floor.  One thing about Vegas, food and lodging are usually relatively inexpensive.  Our room has a bathroom almost the size of some motel rooms I’ve stayed in. The

Lara Fitzgerald

21st Oct, 2012

Gatherings, How To, Wines

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SlowFood and the Adventures of Wine

Every month SlowFood Santa Fe has a get together called “Dinner and a Book.”  Members agree to read a book about food, it’s history, it’s travels as well as its flavors and aromas.  We’ve read some great books since I’ve been going.  Books whose titles

Lara Fitzgerald

14th Oct, 2012

Restaurants

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This Food Snob’s Guilty Secret

I’m a food snob, I guess.  I don’t understand why anyone would eat fast food.  I’ve always been amazed that there is a Taco Bell in Espanola when there are such great New Mexican restaurants to choose from.  (OK, I’ll admit to a guilty secret: 

Lara Fitzgerald

24th Sep, 2012

Restaurants

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Santa Fe Capitol Grill

I ate at Santa Fe Capitol Grill twice in the last two weeks. It’s a great restaurant and convenient when Zorr and I are heading to PetSmart for our weekly obedience class.  (both of us are doing well in class!) The Capitol Grill describes its

Lara Fitzgerald

23rd Sep, 2012

How To, Musings

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A Little Flame on the Edge of Your Apple

This year has been a bountiful fruit year here in northern New Mexico. There were wild plums and peaches in abundance earlier in the summer.  Red Mountain Café featured sand plum muffins (apparently that’s what some people call wild plums here).  There’s lots of canning,

Lara Fitzgerald

10th Sep, 2012

Gatherings, How To, Recipes

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Vegetarian Fajitas

I just had a table of six vegetarians.  It was a celebration so I wanted to do something really festive and “New Mexico”.  I decided on vegetarian fajitas with tempeh. Here’s the secret to tempeh, I’ve discovered.  Always steam the tempeh first and then marinate

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7th Sep, 2012

How To, Recipes

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Biscuits, Butter and Jam

My biscuits are a favorite here at Black Mesa.  Unlike my momma’s that were made with bleached white flour and Crisco, mine are made with spelt AND teff, butter and/or coconut oil.. I love teff.  It’s truly a miracle grain.  It is the smallest grain

Lara Fitzgerald

6th Sep, 2012

Restaurants

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Red Mountain Cafe in Ojo Caliente

Many of us in Ojo Caliente are thrilled that the Red Mountain Café is here.  David Biggs café fills that place between the high end (and excellent) restaurant at the Mineral Springs hotel and the local New Mexican restaurants along the highway.  He bakes his

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