Still Hungry? July 2017: Recipes from The Teahouse

Whether you’re tucking in under a broad umbrella for a midday respite from the sun, or chasing the last rays as the sky turns pink and the temperature drops, summer makes for prime patio season. We’re not the only ones charmed by the outdoor tables at The Teahouse—the patio was part of what drew Owner Richard Freedman to buy the place four-and-a-half years ago. Located on Canyon Road, and nestled beneath the bustle of summertime art-district traffic, The Teahouse is perfectly situated for a relaxing pause between gallery visits. And its beautiful outdoor dining space, nestled among the shade of 70-year-old apricot, apple and pear trees, is reminiscent of plein-air settings in Provence and Tuscany.

As it happened, Richard lined the menu with favorites he learned to cook in Italy: lasagna Bolognese and an Italian chicken pot pie with polenta and parmesan, even affogato, a classic Italian dessert of espresso poured over vanilla ice cream. What his dishes share is an affinity for simple food. “The Italians have such a gift for combinations of flavors,” Richard says. “Classic Italian combinations really work, and you don’t want to do a lot to them because the basic ingredients are so good.” The dishes, of course, are also perfect companions to an al fresco dining experience on the patio. Continue reading

Still Hungry? June 2017

Photo-Credit_Douglas-Merriam Harsh and frigid, scalding and cracked, ancient with fossils of the inland sea that once was, and fresh with shoots that somehow rise from the earth’s snow-quenched crevices. The sky is huge and open enough to cradle both the bright, searing sun and the drenching monsoons and billows of snow that stumble in, early or late, never apologetic, each summer and winter season. Soft from afar, jagged up close; seemingly dead as a fossil, crystalized—but, just there, a fragile shoot. Part of the magic, the miracle of this place, the high desert, is the paradox of, the contrast between, the aliveness that bursts through what seems to be the uncaring, solid stillness of earth.

And then there are the people who cultivate this earth’s soil. All year at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, these men and women from their various plots of Northern New Mexico land sell the creations they’ve nurtured with their own hands. “Life for such a creation in northern New Mexico is unlike anywhere in the world,” writes Lesley S. King in photographer Douglas Merriam’s 2016 cookbook—a book born of, inspired by and in ode to the Santa Fe Farmers Market. The book, A Farm Fresh Journey Santa Fe Farmers Market Cookbook, is a gorgeous testament to the stark beauty of New Mexico as well as to Doug’s artistic talent, his ability to capture the earth, its fruit, its people. It’s the portrait of the contrast to and relationship between the New Mexico landscape, the plants that grow from it, and the people who cultivate and make these delicacies thrive. Ultimately, it’s a taste of our local earth. Continue reading

Still Hungry? February 2017

Hotel Andaluz 3So smack dab in the middle of the shortest month of the seemingly longest season of the year is a day that you either love or hate. Valentine’s Day. Ideally, on such a day, one dines deliciously and decadently—a late-night dinner, fine wines, a lavish dessert, a lit fire and perhaps a box of chocolate and rose petals… But let’s face it.   So in the face of the month of love, this February, we asked three of our favorite, talented Albuquerque pastry chefs to share with us a romantic dessert creation. Because truly, a day spent in the kitchen baking an indulgent, sweet and delicious treat is inevitably and wonderfully romantic, no matter how you look at it…or who you share it with (or don’t).

Chef Lilly Quiroz of Hotel Andaluz keeps it “Spanish, romantic and fancy” with her Leche Frita; Chef Willem Blom of Flying Star Café generously shares his Chocolate Crème Brulee with Grand Marnier and Raspberries; and from Heather Guay at Los Poblanos, a “subtle, sophisticated and sexy” Hazelnut Cake with Elderberry Poached Pear.

Sometimes cupid’s darts simply strike us in the guise of a spoon. Continue reading

Still Hungry? Tradition, Passion, Love – November 2015

The holiday season, of course, is centered largely around food. November through January often mean full bellies and lots of travel, and that heaping combination often means hotels, hot meals and hospitality. For this month of gratitude and lots of food, Still Hungry? talks with the local chefs who work in some of Santa Fe’s best hotel restaurants and dedicate themselves year-round to feeding people who are away from home—and locals, too!

Whether you’re on the road for business, vacationing for the holidays, or you live in Santa Fe and don’t feel up to cooking, these chefs are there to feed and nurture you with a meal that tastes of his own traditions. And whether you’re staying in the hotel, or you’re just out for a local bite, you won’t even have to do the dishes. Continue reading

Wildflower Honey-Glazed Peaches…

 with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Toasted Pecans

the compound signAs seen in the August 2014 Still Hungry? featuring Chef Mark Kiffin of The Compound Restaurant

Yield 4 servings

4-8 peaches approximately 1 pound

¼ cup wildflower or other good honey

1 pint cream cheese ice cream, or vanilla bean

¼ cup pecan pieces, lightly toasted Continue reading

Chocolate and Piñon Torte

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Serves 12

Says Lois Ellen Frank: “The feast day is one of the biggest celebrations of the year among the Indian pueblos of New Mexico. To honor their patron saints, the people of each pueblo gather together. They attend mass in the morning and hold a procession into the plaza, where an altar houses their patron saint. After mass, dressed in ceremonial clothing, ancient traditional dances begin and are offered at various times throughout the day…

“After mass, many of the women return home to set up for the day’s feast—which they have been preparing for, in most cases, for days—and set the special dishes up on their tables with chairs crowded around them. On each table is a variety of salads, stews, meats, homemade breads and, of course, desserts—both traditional as well as modern dishes.

“During the afternoon, as the dances are going on in the plaza, relatives and visitors drop in and enjoy what foods each household has to offer, express their thanks and leave to go back to the dances. People drop in throughout the day to taste the fine foods at many different houses. It is a festive day filled with warmth and friendliness. Continue reading