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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 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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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 …

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Sweet Heat for Your Valentine!

Guest Post by Nancy Gerlach. The tradition of exchanging cards on St. Valentines Day began during the Middle Ages. The giving of flowers to attract the attention of a new partner also originated in Europe. Over the years, sweets and candy were added to the list of popular Valentine gifts. And of all the sweets, …

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Pimientos de Padrón: “Spanish Roulette”

Of course, Mexico provided the first peppers to Spain way back in 1493, but now Spain has developed their own favorite varieties and some have migrated back to the Western Hemisphere, like pimientos de padrón, which are sometimes called “Spanish roulette” because from pod to pod you don’t know whether or not it will be …

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A Tilapia Ranch in the Middle of Yucatán

My wife and I just returned from a great trip to Chelem, Yucatán, where we visited our good friends Jeff and Nancy Gerlach. Nancy was my coauthor on ten books, and when she retired, they decided to sell everything they had in Albuquerque and move to their favorite spot on earth. Like Baja California Sur, …

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Deep-Fried Arizona Monkey Business

Many people think that deep-fried heaven is a chimichanga, the suffed, deep-fried tortilla that was born in some Arizona restaurant, probably in Tucson. The appearance chimichangas smothered with sour cream has outraged some purists. “As for the person who slopped sour cream on a chimichanga, or any Mexican food,” said railroader Joe Lancaster, “I use …