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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I swear--all the lights on the tree worked last year when I put it away. About five years ago I bought one of those pre-wired, pre-lit Christmas trees. Just pop it up, plug it in, fluff out the greenery--it gets... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Pondering the world
I've revised the recipe I had for bark butter for birds in a previous post--see the new recipe below. As I was making more this morning, I realized it would make a nice gift for the bird lover on your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at View from the Innside
No Black Friday shopping for me. Actually, I'm not much of a shopper at any time of the year. Much like my mother, I know what I want, go directly there, buy it and get out. I will go to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Pondering the world
Since it's just the two of us here in Albuquerque, our holiday meals tend to be a little smaller, and a huge turkey for two isn't in the plan. So here's our Thanksgiving dinner menu for two: herb and panko-crusted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at View from the Innside
Try Cranberry Sorbet for Thanksgiving. I found this on and adapted it a little. You can use this as a palate-cleanser between courses, or as a light dessert. We also use this on our fruit course at breakfast--chop apples... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at View from the Innside
I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with Superglue. Yes, it's amazing all the things it can fix. It's also amazing how much trouble I can get myself into with it. Today's adventure... The light fixture in the laundry room is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Pondering the world