Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Fresh Start

Every year between September and October, chile pepper roasting goes into high gear in New Mexico.  Everyone has their favorite chile pepper (the fruit – yes chile is a fruit – not the dish) vendor – and they don’t tell you who … Continue reading

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Rustic Apple Pie

The dessert course in my Italian cooking class was an Apple Crostata.  This is a very fancy name for apples on a pie crust.  A crustata is a pretty rustic dish, made without benefit of pie or tart baking tin.  Essentially … Continue reading

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Cooking Class Day

Yesterday I taught the Italian themed cooking class I donated to Corrales MainStreet during their fund-raising event.  It was my first attempt at a hands on class and I have to admit it went pretty well.   Took a little longer than … Continue reading

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The Beautification of Leftover Pears

Balloon fiesta ended on Sunday meaning the end to expanded continental breakfast at 4 am.   As usual I over bought/made – except for cookies and muffins.  I still have plenty of hard-boiled eggs, granola bars and a lot of … Continue reading

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Easy Meals for a Busy Week

The first two weeks of October are the busiest weeks here at the inn.  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws 100 thousand people to the area – about 80,000 of them from out-of-town.  Needless to say, we are hopping here … Continue reading

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A Busted Balloon

Yesterday was the first day of the week-long Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  We, along with all our guests were up at 4 a.m. in order to leave the inn in time for the mass ascension.  I don’t serve a full breakfast on mass ascension … Continue reading

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A Better Eggplant

Last night we had eggplant parmesan.  We love eggplant parmesan but are not really fond of the mushy, for lack of a better word,  eggplant.  Now a traditional eggplant parmesan recipe calls for the eggplant to be salted, drained, breaded … Continue reading

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