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Cream of Jalapeño Soup with Chicken

Soups and stews are my favorite fall dishes, and since the temperatures in Albuquerque have dropped 20 to 25 degrees, I’m getting ready for the autumn soup season.  Chicken, jalapeños, and half and half make a perfect start! Cream of Jalapeño Soup with Shredded Chicken Here is an innocent-looking soup that is hotter than it …

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The Day(s) of the Dead

This uniquely Mexican and Central American holiday features celebrations of family and friends to honor relatives and close friends who have died.  The holiday occurs on November 1st and 2nd and is closely connected to the Catholic celebration All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2).  The Day(s) of the Dead traditions …

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The Great Montezuma Holiday Drink

The Great Montezuma Hot Chocolate Drink My friend Richard Sterling developed this recipe, which is his version of how the Spaniards transformed Montezuma’s favorite spicy beverage with the addition of alcohol. He commented: “¡Salud! Drink to the Old World and the New.”  It’s perfect for the holiday season! 12 ounces prepared hot chocolate (not too …

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Holiday Tamales, Part 1

My friend Gwyneth Doland writes in her book, Tantalizing Tamales:  Although we don’t know for sure the exact origin of tamales we can see from pots and carvings that, for the ancient Mayans, tamales were their daily bread. (The word comes from the Nahuatl tamalii and tamal is the correct singular form, but tamale is …

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The Mole Sauces of Oaxaca

When people think of Mexican moles they usually conjure up the chocolate-laced moles of the state of Puebla. But Puebla is not the only state in Mexico with a reputation for moles. Oaxaca, in the south, lays claim to seven unique moles–and dozens and dozens of variations. Susana Trilling, who owns the Seasons of My …

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Spicy Football Snacks

I heard a TV football announcer once say, “It’s a perfect day for football weather.” For most of us, that means the weather inside your house in front a large-screen TV with a cold beverage of choice and some hot and spicy snacks. The ones I’ve picked out are easy to make and a lot …