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Purslane Chimichurri Sauce


I have an abundance of purslane and I am using it in every imaginable way. In scrambled eggs, salads, pickled, pesto and now an Argentinian chimichurri sauce. 



I spooned the sauce over sliced steak, smashed potato and drizzled some of the oil over the corn. 

It's a wonderfully spicy, garlicy, easy sauce that's great on grilled meats. Come see how it's made...


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Homemade Cream Soda

I recently came across some recipes for homemade cream soda, one of my favorite sodas. Yippie Skippie, and I have a soda siphon too. 


The recipe is soooo easy. First you make a simple syrup by


adding two cups of sugar to a cup of water in a small sauce pan. Heat to boiling and stir to dissolve the sugar. 

Remove from heat. 



You can set the pan aside to let the syrup cool, but I put the syrup in a canning jar and put in the fridge. 




Before I put the syrup in the fridge, I added half a teaspoon of vanilla and half a teaspoon of almond extract. 




When the vanilla syrup is cool, fill your glass with ice. I use about 1/8th of a cup of syrup to a 12 oz glass filled with ice. 




Then fill your glass with seltzer water or club soda. 

Personally, I think the seltzer water makes for a better tasting drink than the club soda. 


And that's that

Girls Road Trip Part Five, El Fin

We left Taos Monday morning. After we kicked Kristen to the curb in Santa Fe <she flew out from there> we got on our way to Winslow AZ and couldn't wait to get to the La Posada and The Turquoise Room. I hope you click the link and read about this wonderful historic site and the art work. 

It's sooo nice to go on vacation, but even nicer to come home. 

 I want to show you some cool things I bought on the trip. I got a couple of tchotchkes for the house. 



This is a kitchen angel made from dried corn husks. She resides prominently on my refrigerator door. 



This is made from dried corn husks also and adorned with dried corn, chilis and dried flowers. 

Not sure where I'm going to put this one yet. I bought both of these at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market. 


At the Spanish Table in Santa Fe I bought;


my favorite rice for paella, an asador, smoky bacon-chipotle salt and some szechwan peppercorns. 

An asador is a clay Spanish sausage or linguica "cooker" Here's how it works. 

These instructions are snagged from The Spanish Table's web site

"Fill with a high spirited alcohol, place your favorite linguica or spanish chorizo on the cross bars, light with a match. After the bottom side begins to crisp, turn once and finish cooking on the other side. Remove to a cutting board or plate, slice into bite size pieces and serve with toothpicks and a nice tall beer. Approximately 11 inches long by 5.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall.

Asadores are kiln fired at 2000° and are brittle when new. They should be soaked in water for six hours prior to use for the first time. They must be immersed in water rather than filled with water as that can cause the glaze to craze. If you live in a very dry climate you may want to resoak occasionally."

I've wanted one of these for years and now I finally have one. I can't wait to use it. 


At the Santa Fe Olive Oil Co I bought, 


18 yr old Balsamic vinegar and some white Balsamic and a chipotle olive oil blend. 

Can't wait to try the 18 yr old Balsamic. 


And I wasn't going to leave Santa Fe without 


a pair of stinkin' cute western boots. 

Thanks for taking the trip with us. We enjoyed your company immensely. 

And that's that


Girls Road Trip Part Four Taos

Sunday we drove up from Santa Fe to Taos. What a lovely drive. 

We spent Sunday night at Casa Benavides a Bed and Breakfast. Here's the room we stayed in. I took pictures but don't know what I did with them, dang it anyway. This is better than what I could do anyway. 

At least I didn't lose the pictures of our wonderful breakfast. 



The gorgeous dining room. 

Let's eat

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Girls Road Trip Santa Fe Olive Oil Co.


One of the little treasures we happened upon in Santa Fe is the Santa Fe Olive Oil Co. Dang, what a great find. 



In the middle of the store are long tables set up for tastings. 

On this side of the table are all the balsamic vinegars for tasting. 




Here are all the olive oils for tasting. 

Little plastic cups, bread and water are available. 




There are also blends and marinades. 

I bought, besides an 18 yr old balsamic, a Southwest chipotle olive oil Blend and a white balsamic. 



They have some nice cruets,




olive oil based beauty products,




and canine care products. 

We really enjoyed this shop. 

I think I'll be doing a bit of mail ordering with them. 

And that's that, for now. 


Our Santa Fe Digs

We stayed at the nicest Inn, in Santa Fe. Casa de Tres Lunas. This link shows the suite we stayed in. We were just two blocks off the plaza and walked to most everywhere we needed to go. We even walked up to the art gallery where Squeaks daughter Kristen was having her show. 



This is the private patio right out our front door. 

C'mon, let me show you the rest of the place. 

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