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Sweet Chile Cashews

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Sweet Chile Cashews Sweet Chile Cashews are a perfect snack to munch on during your favorite sporting event on TV. They are also a great snack to have in bowls for your guests during the holidays, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, The Fourth of July, actually any holiday or gathering. Easy to make, with the sweetness of … Read more

Salsa Fresca

salsa fresca

Salsa Fresca Salsa Fresca is salsa, but made fresh and not poured from a bottle. With all the ingredients chopped fresh from the produce stand, it’s crunchier and doesn’t have that cooked flavor you get with bottled salsas. With many Southwest and Mexican dishes, Salsa Fresca adds the extra fresh flavor, making the other ingredients … Read more



Guacamole Guacamole is made many ways, but all have common ingredients. In my travels to New Mexico many years ago, I’ve had the pleasure of eating guacamole at dozens of restaurants all over the state, especially around the Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Chimayo areas. Most were similar, but where I found the differences were in the … Read more

Chicken Fajitas

chicken fajitas

Chicken Fajitas Chicken fajitas are a standard on all Mexican and Southwest restaurant menus, along with beef, shrimp and vegetable fajitas. We will make chicken, beef or mixed. The grilled vegetables and toppings are the same, so it’s all about the meat. We like to make fresh salsa and guacamole to serve on top, but … Read more

Jalapeno Corn Muffins

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Jalapeno Corn Muffins Jalapeno Corn Muffins are a favorite to eat with chili, soups, stews or just by themselves. Many muffin recipes are dry, crumble too easy, have little or no flavor. This recipe has a moister texture, but still has just the right crumble when you bite it. The sour cream keeps it moister … Read more

Santa Maria Tri-Tip Roast

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Santa Maria Tri-Tip Roast Santa Maria Tri-Tip Roast is a traditional cut of sirloin roast, dating back to the mid-1800’s in the Santa Maria Valley of California. It was grilled over oak with very simple salt, pepper and garlic spices. It was served with pinquito beans, considered local to the Santa Maria area. These days … Read more

Blackened Chicken with Rice

Blackened Chicken with Rice Blackened Chicken with Rice is another delicious way to use Blackening Seasoning, besides using with fish fillets. This recipe also cooks rice and black beans in the same pan, so when done, you have a great, one-pan dinner. Using fire-roasted tomatoes adds a slightly smokey touch to the overall flavor. It’s … Read more



Chimichurri Chimichurri is a staple condiment of Argentina, Uruguay and other South American countries. It is used both as a basting sauce while cooking and as a topping when the meats and vegetables are served. Chimichurri is used as a topping for the steak cooked at Churrasco barbecues in Brazil and other similar steakhouses. It … Read more

Southwest Lasagna

southwest lasagna

Southwest Lasagna Southwest Lasagna is a twist on your standard Italian Lasagna, but there are a few differences. You use flour tortillas instead of pasta noodles, Mexican Cheese blend instead of ricotta cheese, and Taco Seasoning and Fire Roasted Tomatoes instead of seasoned pasta sauce. The black beans and corn are added as a Southwest … Read more

Ancho Chicken Breasts

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Ancho Chicken Breasts Ancho Chicken is a chicken recipe Rick has made for over 20 years soon after he started traveling to New Mexico and discovered Southwest and New Mexican Cooking, which remains one of his favorite cuisines. It is a simple recipe and one of our personal favorites. The simple Ancho Chile marinade imparts … Read more