Happy Cinco de Mayo all! Cinco de Mayo has always been one of our favorite holidays to celebrate with spicy food and drinks. I have to admit I rarely drink alcohol but I do enjoy a good margarita now and then. It’s just as tasty to leave out the alcohol and make it a mocktail. Mangonada margaritas are made with chamoy sauce and are a favorite among New Mexicans. What is chamoy sauce? Well, it’s described as a salty, sweet, sour and spicy sauce made from a combination of dried fruits such as apricots, mangos or plums with chili powder, salt and sugar. Many of our farmer’s markets or outdoor arts & craft fairs will have a booth selling these tasty chamoy margaritas in a mason jar with lime and Tajin seasoning around the rim. They can be made with other citrus and tropical fruits but mango seems to be the most popular. The explosion of flavors is like nothing you’ll ever taste. I love the tangy salty flavors that are blended with the sweet fruit, spicy chamoy and Tajin spices. And, one day while I was in Spouts Market, I found a bag of spicy chamoy gummi worms . . . OMG they are amazing and fun to put a couple in your margarita! So cute and tasty too. If you haven’t tried one of these tasty drinks, it’s time to make one. You will be happy you did!
Posted at 12:43 pm by NativeNM, on February 4, 2022
You might think it’s not the right time of year for limeade but I think limeade should be enjoyed all year long. If I can’t find limes on sale I’ll settle for a frozen concentrate but freshly squeezed always tastes best. Our local grocery store has a bargain bin with fruit and veggies that are slightly bruised or been there too long to sell as fresh. Every week I check to see what’s available and this week I scored 2 bags of limes. They were small but juicy. I had enough to make a pitcher of limeade with plenty leftover to freeze for another time. Once I had enough lime juice the only thing I needed was some water and sugar to make a refreshing pitcher of limeade. Limeade isn’t just for a hot summer day, it should be enjoyed any day you please!
Posted at 10:00 am by NativeNM, on January 21, 2022
Atole is a masa based hot drink that is mixed with milk, water and cinnamon that is pure comfort. The texture resembles Malt-O-Meal or Cream of Wheat with more liquid that you can drink for a quick breakfast. You can add berries, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup to add a little sweetness and flavor. atole also has many health benefits such as providing good digestion, antioxidants, anti inflammatory properties and is gluten free. I like it with brown sugar and a sprinkling of toasted pinon nuts which gives it an earthy nutty flavor. If you eat healthy grains for breakfast, give atole a try. It’s delicious and good for you!
Posted at 10:54 am by NativeNM, on December 29, 2020
Around the holidays one of the things I enjoy most is a cup of hot chocolate. Just holding a cup of hot cocoa brings a warmth and serenity especially during the cold winter days and nights. I’ve made my own cocoa mix many times but this year I varied just a bit and made some Mexican blend with a hint of red chili and cinnamon. It tastes so decadent and creamy. On the weekends I enjoy some quiet time with a good book and a cup of cocoa. If you like this pretty cup you can find it at Persephone Bakery Cafein Jackson Hole, WY. I hear the pastries, sandwiches and coffee are to die for. It’s where Josh calls home now and is a barista by day at both Persephone Bakery and Picnic. With Covid 19 this past year we cancelled our plans to visit but fingers crossed we will make it up to Jackson Hole next summer and let Josh be our guide around the Tetons and beyond. Continue reading →
Smoothies have become my newest comfort food. The cool creamy flavor combinations make me feel better after having one. Maybe it’s because they provide more fruit and vitamin D than I would otherwise have in an average day. They taste great and you can put almost anything in them for a healthy boost. Josh has been making them for years, adding an assortment of healthy fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. While Josh will add anything and everything, I prefer a variety of frozen fruit with yogurt, milk and honey. I’ve always been one to pick up extra fruit on sale to put up in the freezer. Some fruits that freeze well are berries, cherries cranberries, grapes, mango, peaches, pineapple and bananas. You can also add citrus fruits to the mix such as lemon, lime, oranges and grapefruit. It’s really all about what you have on hand and what tastes good to you. This week I’m running low on milk and tried reconstituting instant dry milk. It was a great substitute, you cannot taste any difference when you add the fruit, yogurt and honey. Two cups of frozen fruit will make approximately 24 ounces or fill 2 (12 oz) glasses. I have been enjoying them a couple times a week and find them filling and refreshing. Continue reading →
When making the prickly pear syrup, I must confess it took two tries. I looked up recipes on pinterest and it appeared to be a simple process of mixing the prickly pear juice with water, sugar and lime juice and cooking it down to a syrup. I tried this method and although I stirred it often, it had a burned taste as if it were scorched. I tried it in my lemonade and believe me it was awful!! So I decided that the juice was the star of the show and all it needed was to be thickened into a syrup. I tried making a simple syrup first along with the lime juice and adding the prickly pear juice at the end of the process and it tasted fruity and delicious. One cup of prickly pear juice made 2 1/2 cups of syrup. I put aside the two cups into 1/2 pint jars and saved the rest. It adds a refreshing fruity taste to any tea or lemonade. Continue reading →
Joe and I have visited several farmers markets around Albuquerque lately. Our first market was the Rail Yards Market that happens every Sunday. It’s located in the heart of the city in an old rail yard that is near 100 years old. The market attracts many who come every Sunday to walk among the vendors who sell fresh produce, honey, local arts and crafts along with jerky, breakfast burritos and a lemonade booth with every flavor of lemonade under the sun. We went on a hot morning with clear skies and the sun shining brightly. It didn’t take long to become parched. We saw all the lemonades across the way and wandered over. We couldn’t decide what lemonade to try when they offered up samples of any combination we wanted to try. OH MY MY! Every flavor of lemonade was so delicious, we just couldn’t make up our minds. We finally went with a blueberry lemonade that had the most refreshing taste. I decided right then and there that as soon as I had a kitchen again I was going to make lemonade or limeade. Well, now that I have a kitchen again its time to test some new recipes. The limes were on sale so guess who won! Our fruit of choice was ripe and juicy strawberries. These days I’m always on the hunt for lemons or limes on sale. Summer is the perfect time to always have a refreshing pitcher of lemonade or limeade. Continue reading →
As the weather turns warmer we find ourselves craving something cold to drink. Joe and I enjoy a cold smoothie after a long walk or after working in the yard. These smoothies are very low in calories but they will satisfy your taste buds and replenish your energy. I found this recipe in an old Cooking Light magazine and it’s so simple with only four ingredients yet it’s packed with flavor. If you’re a fan of lemon and berries you’ll definitely love this.