What is Rain?

A woman gazes through a window at the Bario Asal Longhouse as rain pummels the area. I started this post a few days ago, before this and this and this. Before nature smacked Colorado with a torrent of “biblical” proportions, a storm of the century, possibly the millennium. Here in New Mexico, too, we are […]

Rhubarb & Rain

A summertime strawberry double whammy: berries topped with yogurt, mint and rhubarb-strawberry sauce. Here in New Mexico, we are living in exceptional times – “exceptional” being the word weather monitors use to describe some of the nation’s worst drought conditions: rivers gone dry, ditches of dust. We’ve seen some relief this past week with afternoon […]

Food Day Tunas

When we bought our house five summers ago, we planted a cactus garden in a hard patch of caliche beneath our westward facing office windows. It seemed the only thing to do. That little plot of land catches harsh afternoon sun all through the year, and that New Mexican soil won’t give an inch to […]

South, East

Good friends offer you beautiful garlic harvested from their garden (above). They also look after your place when you’re away. We’re lucky to have such friends. We’re taking off for a bit, heading south and east to follow the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico. This is part of Jerry’s new project to document […]

Ancient Chocolate

Aztec Warrior Chocolate, Kakawa Chocolate House, Santa Fe It’s amazing what the palate can forget. The Aztecs and Mayans drank their chocolate rich and frothy; mixed with chile, flowers and achiote to give it a distinct red hue. It resembled nothing of the solid uniform rectangles sold today. Mesoamerican cacao was an elixir, a status […]

Up in Smoke

New Mexico sky, Arizona smoke. We’re choking here. As Arizona next door burns in one of the fiercest fires in state history, we’re smothered in smoke plumes visible from space. A white film dusts the air. It’s as though we’re living in the folds of a lacy veil. We wake to kitchen counters sprinkled in […]

Getting to Know My Kitchen Again

We are home, and I am getting to know my kitchen again. I have been away so long, I find myself reaching for the wrong drawer when I want a fork. I can’t find the pots I want. The stove buttons feel foreign, the refrigerator door feels heftier than normal. But now, for a little […]

Harvest Weekend

I spent Labor Day weekend in the kitchen. I went home to see the husband—as well as the peaches, tomatoes, grapes, eggplants, peppers, arugula, chard and basil. A quick trip, in all respects. I caught a bus, I boarded a plane (cool thing about Colorado: the RTD, which, with my faculty pass, allowed me a […]

Santa Fe Date Day

A flower display at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Maybe you’re married or maybe you’re not—but you know about Date Night, right? I’m not talking about the movie (which I haven’t yet seen) but the general concept: couples get caught in the routines and responsibilities of everyday life. They need a little time for themselves. […]

Food for Thought

Rosi digs tomato sauce. (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Just a few random shots for your Friday pleasure. Have a great weekend! Would you like ketchup with that? (Mae Salong, Thailand) Cat with frying rice cakes. (Luang Prabang morning market, Laos.)