April 12, 2014

Salsa Verde—Green Table Sauce

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Record-breaking warm temperatures in Utah this week help ease our transition back to reality. Reality being stacks of mail and bills and unpacking and all that.

I like shorts and sleeveless and flip-flop sandal weather. We’re not supposed to have that in the mountains here until late July. Heck, I remember it snowed on the July 4 parade one year. Baja was unseasonably hot too–enough that I didn’t want to be riding a bike in the middle of the day. Global weirding.

Deer Valley and Canyons close for skiing on this weekend but there is plenty of snow still on the slopes. I went skiing. Nope–I wasn’t afraid to put on ski boots. I do say I am as happy as a chirping gecko to be home.

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March 31, 2014

Cranberry Bread Pudding

Cranberry Bread Pudding

When it’s home-made with love and not overly sweet, and especially if it’s cranberry bread pudding, who can resist? Not me, I’ll always find room for such a dessert. Yes please, slice me a piece of comfort.

There it beckoned, in a pan right next to the wicker basket of fresh-baked handcrafted breads. Calling my name it was: “Go ahead, have your salad, but save room for me. I’m such a yummy bread pudding, I’ll inspire your next blog post.” Continue Reading…

March 10, 2014

Chayote Chile Soup

chayote and chile soup

It’s easy to slip into “Baja-itis” here, to goof off and take all day to do nothing. I’ve lost any semblance of organization—and I’m not getting much accomplished, since most things on my list can be put off until mañana. But, I do have productive visions, like this tasty fresh Chayote and Chile Soup. ‘Tis the color green, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Continue Reading…

February 26, 2014

Chiles Rellenos with Chickpeas

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Green, white and red. Is it a coincidence that the colors of our southern neighbor’s national flag appear frequently in Mexico’s cuisine? How about salsa cruda, the one we dip with tortilla chips, it’s red tomato, white onion and green cilantro? Patriotic, correcto?

These green chile rellenos certainly follow the idea, with white crema stripe and red dice garnish. I am all in. Feed me the red white and green and I’m a happy bandita. Continue Reading…

February 20, 2014

Hibiscus Margaritas

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National Margarita Day is February 22. To celebrate, I’ve been concocting out-of-the-ordinary hibiscus margaritas.

Of course I wanted to create the ideal margarita recipe, and that required tasting and testing. Fortunately, along came Valentine’s Day and the need for a party to celebrate the moonrise over Baja.  We packed all the ingredients for red hibiscus margaritas in an ice chest and took the party to the beach. Trial samples for everyone. When the entire test panel practically inhaled their crimson cocktails, I knew I had a winner. Continue Reading…