Favorite food posts: Our first 3 years

Tomorrow is the third birthday of Santa Fe Travelers. Whew! It’s been a fun three years.For our regular Monday Food Thoughts column, we thought we’d do a roundup of favorite food posts f(yours and ours).from the last three years. They are in order of newest to oldest.

How to make a ristra

Joan Medina getting ready to make a chile ristra, photo/Steve Collins

Joan Medina getting ready to make a chile ristra, photo/Steve Collins

This post was popular from the day it went up and got our all time high hits for one day. It seems like a lot of folks want to know how to make their own chile ristras. Chimayó native Joan Medina showed us how to make a chile ristra at her Chimayó gallery, Lowlow’s Lowrider Art Place.

Breakfast burritos

Tia Sophia's Burrito, smothered green chile,  photo/Art Wolf

Tia Sophia’s Burrito, smothered green chile, photo/Art Wolf

One of our favorite meals in Santa Fe is breakfast. Judging from the wait at New Mexican-style restaurants and the response to this post about our search for the perfect breakfast burrito, many others do to.

Pie Town

Kathy Knapp with her cherry pie, photo/Steve Collins

Kathy Knapp with her cherry pie, photo/Steve Collins

We’d been hearing about Pie Town, NM and the Pie-O-Neer Café for years but it’s too darned far for a day trip. We were so excited when Kathy Knapp, the Pie Lady of Pie Town came to Santa Fe and did a bake-a-thon. She and her life deserve as much attention as the delicious pies. Kathy Knapp is the subject of a film in progress, a labor of love by Santa Fe photographer Jane Rosemont. We met Knapp at her home.

Santa Fe Chocolate Trail

Display case at CG Higgins' Lincoln Avenue location, photo Steve Collins

Display case at CG Higgins’ Lincoln Avenue location, photo Steve Collins

Clearly, Santa Feans love their chocolate. We have five businesses dedicated to the New World bean. Each has it’s own style and its fans. Four are included on the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail. Take a walk on the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail.

Red or green

Kelly Urig during shooting of, The Chile Film photo/ourtesy Kelly Urig

Kelly Urig during shooting of, The Chile Film photo/ourtesy Kelly Urig

The unofficial NM state question is said to be “Red or green?”  That refers to the color chile you want your food smothered in. The Chile Film (La Sangre Roja y Verde de Nuevo Mexico takes a look at chile in NM. We fell in love with the film’s creator; apparently, you did too.  Kelly Urig is young, energetic and passionate about this crop that her family has grown for generations. She shot the Emmy-award winning short documentary as her Masters’ thesis when she was at San Diego State University. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with her last summer to talk about the film and how it came to be.

Posole from Casa de Chimayo,ohoto/courtesy Casa de Chimayo

Posole from Casa de Chimayo,photo/courtesy Casa de Chimayo

One of our most clicked on posts (especially in the Christmas season) is about Casa Chimayó, a popular spot for New Mexican cuisine. They were just starting out when we posted this in December 2011. They’ve come a long way. In October, they were featured on the HGTV series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The post gets a lot of hits because people want the posole recipe. Posole, a traditional holiday dish made with a close relative of hominy, is on many New Mexican tables on Christmas. You can serve it on yours. We just updated the recipe with a new version supplied by the restaurant. Happy cooking!

Farm to table

Old slo at Los Poblanos , photo/Steve Collins

Old silo at Los Poblanos , photo/Steve Collins

Historic Inn and Organic Farm and seemingly, so do our readers. The first thing that caught our attention was the architect who updated the historic farm in 1932 and built their Cultural Center, a true treasure. John Gaw Meem, hired by Albert Simms and his new wife, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, is often called “the father of Santa Fe style”. It intrigued us. Then we discovered the inn’s strong commitment to sustainable food and agriculture. Los Poblanos: field to fork talks a bit about their farm, the food at the inn and The Farm Shop.

Butcher Pat Whelan in his shop in Clonmel, photo/courtesy Pat Whelan

Butcher Pat Whelan in his shop in Clonmel, photo/courtesy Pat Whelan

We’ve talked to a lot of people in the food industry over the last three years. One of our favorites was Pat Whelan the butcher of Clonmel. We love this committed Irishman’s philosophy on raising, sourcing, butchering and selling meat and poultry. It’s no surprise he’s a great success with his humane and sustainable approach to his trade.

Dining on the cheap

Bang Bite, photo Steve Collins

Bang Bite, photo/Steve Collins

These days, food trucks are the hottest thing on the culinary scene. Sadly, due to a local ordinance, Santa Fe doesn’t boast a lot of these as these trucks, made to be mobile, are required to have a permanent location. They can’t move around which is what food trucks are about.. We hope that the City Council sees the light and updates this to keep Santa Fe on the cutting edge of the national food scene. We love the stands and trucks in town and readers did, too. Read Santa Fe dining on the cheap: food carts, trucks and stands.

Last but not least

Chiles rioasting at the Santa Fe Farmers Market photo/Steve Collins

Chiles roasting at the Santa Fe Farmers Market photo/Steve Collins

Our readers seem to agree with Steve on this post that shares a bit of history on New Mexico’s official State Vegetable, Were chiles always in NM?. As a bonus, you get Steve’s Green Chile Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust recipe.

There are so many other Food Thoughts posts we love (and that you did too), but we had to stop somewhere. Bon appétit!

Do you have a favorite Food Thoughts from our last three years?

 

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8 Responses to “Favorite food posts: Our first 3 years”

  1. Agness
    December 4, 2019 at 2:57 am #

    Now I am craving some apple pie <3!

  2. Margie Orr
    December 4, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    I want to be in New Mexico!

    Red or green? I don’t care. I’ll tell whatever’s cooking.

  3. Jesh StG
    February 3, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Saw your comment on the travel photo meme today, and it so happens that I mentioned Georgia O’Keefe in my post of this week - how serendipitous!

  4. Anni
    February 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    I’ve never heard of chile ristra. I’m no food expert, but I’m not a newbie either, so it’s nice to be surprised by something new!

    • Billie Frank
      February 9, 2019 at 11:54 am #

      If you lived in New Mexico you would be familiar with them. It’s very regional- though you may find them other places. Like a garlic braid it’s a great way to dry them and hand them up for future use in your kitchen or as decor outside your home.

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