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For the first time, the Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast is offering a "Christmas in Old Town" package to our overnight guests including Christmas dinner, since the restaurants in Old Town are closed on Christmas Day. Christmas... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at View from the Innside
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This recipe for Breakfast Strata with Spinach and Gruyere is a lot like lasagna--lots of parts that then get put together and baked--but it is SO worth it! The aroma as it's baking is divine, and it's fabulous for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at View from the Innside
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September is a great time for a bike tour in New Mexico. Here are three for this month with ride descriptions. For more details and registration, go directly to their websites. September 14, 2014--Tour of the Rio Grande Valley TORGV... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Use fresh peaches now in season in a delightful Peach Melba Fruit Cup. Click here for a printer-friendly pdf version. Peach Melba fruit cup Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast Albuquerque, New Mexico ripe peaches, peeled and cut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at View from the Innside
Be bold! Be brave! Do something different from your usual oatmeal-raisin cookies. Try making lemon-blueberry oatmeal cookies--you'll never look at oatmeal cookies the same again. Click here for a printer-friendly pdf page. Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies Bottger Mansion of Old Town... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at View from the Innside
Each of the 19 pueblos in New Mexico has a patron saint and, with the exception of Zuni Pueblo, has a feast day in honor of the saint. Here are some of the feast days in August and September. Attending... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Strawberry ice creams usually taste about the same. Not this one! Just the simple steps of simmering the lemon zest with the cream and adding lemon juice to the custard make a world of difference, taking the ice cream from... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Albuquerque has a special free program that tries to control the population of stray cats. They will provide humane traps, you catch them and take them in, the cats are neutered, then they will return them to the area where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Pondering the world
Restaurant Week in Albuquerque is February 28-March 2, 2014. Now is your chance to try a new restaurant or go back to a favorite one. Of the 12 restaurants participating this year, three have special fixed price menus for lunch,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at View from the Innside
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You can have the best Valentine's Day ever this year! Instead of just giving a card, flowers and chocolates, choose one or more of these great ideas for Valentine's Day: 1. Seasons Restaurant is having a special Prix Fixe dinner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Feb 9, 2014
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This is an extra-special dessert to make for your Valentine. It's a bit like making lasagna--several parts made separately that all come together at the end. The recipe looks long and complex, but read all the way through for tips,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at View from the Innside
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I love pizza as much as the next person. Maybe more. But others make much better pizza than I do, so I'll go out for pizza on National Pizza Pie Day, February 9th. We have three favorite pizza places nearby--Golden... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at View from the Innside
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I've always wondered why we don't have more Mardi Gras events in Albuquerque. It falls on March 4th in 2014. Even a Google search didn't turn up much this year. The only thing I found was "Carnaval 2014" at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Pondering the world
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Make small heart-shaped molds for no money at all for Floating Heart Ritz or any heart-shaped food. I used 4-ounce green chile cans, which are about 1 1/2 inches deep. Using a can opener, cut out both the tops and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at View from the Innside
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A couple of years ago I attended Pattin Auction and bought this really great "Campus Compass" map of the University of New Mexico (UNM) from 1939. I'm sorry you can't see more of the detail, because it's really amazing. What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Some of us don't watch the Super Bowl, so let's make the most of Groundhog Day. Here are some amusing captions I created without resorting to Bill Murray's film. Okay... maybe one. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Pondering the world
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Just before I woke up, I had a bizarre dream that my husband came home with some Italian breed dog and announced that he bought it for us to eat for dinner. That's what it was bred for. "Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Pondering the world
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Old Town Antiques has moved to a new and larger location in Old Town Albuquerque. Come see the beautiful items of "recycled history" such as jewelry, folk art, furniture, Native American items, pottery, baskets, vintage photographs, textiles, books, and art... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day--January 27th--with this lovely Chocolate-Ancho Flourless Cake. In New Mexico, you can get chile in practically everything! (See my notes at the end for some improvisations.) click here for a full-page pdf version. Chocolate-Ancho Flourless Chile... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Have you sometimes skipped Valentine's Day because it fell on a Tuesday or Wednesday? It's on Friday this year, so you've got the whole weekend to do something special! Spend a night--or two--at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at View from the Innside
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I almost missed National Pie Day--January 23rd! How about a recipe for Key Lime Pie? With the graham cracker crust, it's an easy one to do. Click here for a printer-friendly pdf page. Icebox Key Lime Pie from Cooks Illustrated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at View from the Innside
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Our 2014 Albuquerque calendar is modeled after one I saw from Barcelona. Click here to download the pdf file, print it, cut out, glue a couple of pieces together, do some accordion folds, and you're all set. You can even... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at View from the Innside
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Dressing isn't just for Thanksgiving! I've made this cornbread-chorizo dressing, from the November 2013 issue of New Mexico Magazine, several times. The first was for Thanksgiving--it was a hit! I made another batch of it, and we're thinking about the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at View from the Innside
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Years ago when we lived in Aomori prefecture in northern Japan, the local folks would mount rice-straw wreaths and decorations on the front of their vehicles as a symbol of good wishes and luck for the new year. Below is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Pondering the world