Hi everyone!

This is a journey that began in July, 2011.  I’ve always felt at home in the kitchen, my sanctuary as I sometimes call it.  I love trying out new recipes as well as re-creating a dish from a favorite restaurant.  And then there are the tried and true recipes that I remember from my childhood.  Over time I’ve tried to remember all the old recipes that Mom used to make and post them here on the blog as a keepsake for my family.  I’m a country girl at heart, just a bit older and maybe a bit wiser.  I love recipes and have been collecting them for as long as I can remember.  I take many photos in order to tell a story of a recipe from start to completion.  I have to confess, I have a forgetful nature and it’s just easier to remember with photos as my guide.

What a ride it’s been these past few years.  I’ve been blessed by so many food blogging friends that I’ve met through this adventure.  There are so many talented bloggers and I so enjoy looking at all the different things that everyone is putting on their tables.  You all are such awesome inspiration!

My husband Joe has been by my side for over 30 years and together we raised our 2 boys, Josh and Cameron.  Josh has taken up my obsession of food and now cooks almost as much as I do.  I can attest to his homemade bread, it’s to die for!!

My sister Kat has been my biggest source of encouragement throughout this adventure.  She gives me inspiration each and every day!

I love Chef Paul Prudhomme who puts together the most incredible spice blends.  His spice blends started an obsession in me that all foods need more spice.  Penzeys is my spice store of choice and I’m lucky to have a store nearby where I can stock my pantry with any spice you can think of and then some.   If you don’t have a Penzeys store in your neighborhood, you can order online.  A few doors down from Penzeys is The Tasteful Olive which has the most unique Balsamic Vinegars and Olive Oils.  Olive Oil is a staple in my kitchen so when I found all the different flavors of Olive Oil it made some old dishes taste new.  You can create so many combination’s of oils and vinegars that can be used for marinades and salad dressings.

My roots are firmly planted in New Mexico.  There is so much tradition and culture that I have embraced, and the food, well it’s the best thing on this earth!!  There’s nothing like the aroma of green chile roasting in the air or enchiladas with sopapillas and honey.  And although I no longer live in that great state, it will always be home to me.

I grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico and my Mom always had a big meal on the table with all the trimmings at lunchtime.  We raised vegetables and I remember picking each week to take to the farmer’s market in town.  Our summers were filled with fresh veggies and pies or cobblers that Mom would make.  What we didn’t eat we would can and store for the winter.   My dad was famous for his watermelon crops.  I can remember summers with the back porch filled with ripe watermelon.  We would cut one every afternoon.  I wish I was half the baker Mom is, but that talent was handed down to my sister Kat.  My brother Carl is a great cook.  He loves spice too, and makes the most delicious comfort food.

It’s been great to meet you all, thanks for stopping by!

Jan (NativeNM)

22 Responses to “About Me”


  1. I realize not all bloggers participate in these awards but I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine Award because your blog is one of my favorites. You can read about it in my post here…http://justafrugalfoodie.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/thanks-guys-ive-been-awarded-the-liebster-and-sunshine-blog-awards/ Happy Blogging!

  2. NativeNM Says:

    Thank you so much! When we bloggers share and support one another it makes it all worthwhile.

  3. Anne Says:

    Hi Jan, you have some fantastic recipes –love your blog! I look forward to reading more.
    -Anne

    1. NativeNM Says:

      Thanks so much! I’ll be dropping by your blog to see what you are up to also as you have some great recipes and photos!

  4. Anne Says:

    Hi Jan, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.
    http://unihomemaker.com/2012/10/11/one-lovely-blog-award/

    All the best,
    Anne

    1. NativeNM Says:

      Thank you so much! I’ve been away for a few days but I wanted you to know I appreciate it and will work on setting it up soon.


  5. You have a beautiful space up here . Especially loved the idea of your margarita jam


  6. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I live in NM as well and love discovering new recipes.

    1. NativeNM Says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are so lucky to live in NM, where do you call home now? There’s nothing like the culture and foods of NM, at least I think so!


      1. I was born and raised in France. I have been living in Albuquerque for about 5 years now. Can’t imagine my life without green chili! It is actually fun to combine French and New Mexican food in one and the same recipe.


  7. hi jan, you’ve got such a great blog…
    thx for Chipotle Tabasco Sauce recipe…


  8. you’ve had such a great blog,
    thx for Chipotle Tabasco Sauce recipe…


  9. Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster award (http://wp.me/p2JXcQ-3k). I always enjoy reading your blog! -Lucie

    1. NativeNM Says:

      I feel honored, thank you! Your blog is lovely too, I love how you incorporate a little of NM into your cooking, especially with your background in french cuisine!


  10. Congratulations Jan! You have been awarded:
    I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award &
    Versatile Blogger Award
    No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/11/16/awards-november-2013/
    … Or, after a month, look for it
    here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Awards! 😀 Fae.

    1. NativeNM Says:

      Thank you, Fae! I’m honored that you thought of me. Congrats on your beautiful blog and all your awards!


  11. You have a great blog! That’s why I nominated you for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award. 🙂 Participation is optional. Find out more here: http://fightforthebite.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/molten-chocolate-cake-and-blog-of-the-year-award/

    1. NativeNM Says:

      Thank you so much!

  12. mjskit Says:

    Hey Jan! How on earth have I been missing your Blog!? What a great find! I’m not native New Mexican, but I am a New Mexican with long roots holding me here. I’ve been here 40 years and can’t leave. Love everything about my life here. Anyway, wanted to say Hello. Now on to exploring your blog. Please drop by mine and say Hello. (http://mjskitchen.com)

    1. NativeNM Says:

      Hi MJ. Thanks for stopping by to say hello. I was just in New Mexico last week and had so much fun enjoying the blue skies, the view of the Sandia’s and great food. I only get back a couple times of year but it still feels like home. I am anxious to explore your blog, I’m sure it will make me homesick.

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