2016 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Santa Fe July Festival events are certain to make for memorable New Mexico Adventure travels! The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is one of those July Santa Fe Summer Festivals you don’t want to miss! Since it’s 1972 founding, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated artistic excellence and innovation, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become a preeminent music festival- known around the music world. Santa Fe’s unique location provides a setting nestled amid the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains which has been a valuable contribution to the success of this Music Festival.
We are excited for 2016 Season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to begin. Welcoming extraordinary artists like Orion Weiss (pianist) provides Santa Fe travelers the opportunity to create memorable travel experiences when visiting New Mexico. Orion makes his debut with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival July 2016! We highly recommend adding of one of these certain to be popular concerts to your July visit with us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn:
- Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21: Dvo?ák Piano Trio No. 3 (with Kyoko Takezawa, violin and Keith Robinson, cello)
- Thursday, July 21—Piano Recital: Program to be announced
- Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25: Night sky- featuring the young pianist Orion Weiss.
Curious about our July 2016 Featured Artist of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival?
Well, here’s a little bit about the young pianist phenomena:
Orion Weiss- One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians already has an impressive list of awards such as: the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School. Orion has performed with major American orchestras Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Impressive scheduled stops on his 2016 world tour include: the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Pacifica Quartet with Cho-Liang Lin and the New Oxford String Quartet.
To explore more into this fabulous opportunity, please visit the SantaFe Chamber Music Festival and don’t hesitate to make your Santa Fe Travel plans NOW! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn is located in a prime downtown Santa Fe location- offering the convenience of free parking and walking to the July Music Festival! 1-800-461-4599 or www.pueblobonitoinn.com
Fetish carvings and Native American symbolism found frequently on crafts items like pottery, jewelry, bead or leather work, paintings, carvings, etc are part of an ancient culture and religion which is extremely complex. Zuni fetishes, known to the Shiwi people as wemawe, are small stone animal carvings made by talented artisans of the Zuni Pueblo. Due to the remote location in Northwest New Mexico, the Zuni people have been able to retain a great deal of their culture and religion despite being among the most studied Native American people by anthropologists, past and present. It is my experience that though Native American culture and tradition can differ between tribes/sects, there are many agreed to meanings of the symbols found throughout the craft works, etc. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features several Native American Artisans from local NM Pueblos- two of which are Marilyn Ray (Acoma) and Vera Tenorio (Santo Domingo). Well known and respected artisans within their Pueblo cultures- each proudly carry on ancestral traditions of craftsmanship and storytelling. The following should provide some insight as to meanings of Native American symbols, Native American fetishes, and materials used in their artwork.
Native American Symbolism Guide
Bears: symbolizes physical strength, leadership and is known as the “first helper”.
Bear Paws: are a symbol representing inner strength.
Feathers: symbols of prayers, marks of honor or sources of ideas. They represent a Creative Force.
Kokopelli: a common fertility symbol thought to bring fertility to women drawn to his flute playing. He also represents the spirit of music.
Eagle: Master of sky; carrier of prayers. Admired for bravery and special connections to the creator.
Buffalo: Spiritual protector bringing nourishment to body & soul. A White Buffalo symbolizes peace.
Dream Catcher: It is believed the web tangles bad dreams & prevents them from passing through. Good dreams slip through the center. Each morning sunlight purifies the web of bad dreams.
Arrowhead: Represents the hunter and symbolizes the adventurer within each of us.
Zuni Bear: The Guardian of the Earth. A heart-line arrow going from head to heart symbolizes a warrior’s heart is strong like the bear’s.
Native American Stone Meanings
CORAL: is known to be very soothing and very protective. It is of an organic origin, being the skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Colonies of these tiny creatures build branching structures as they grow, gradually forming reefs and atolls.
TURQUOISE: It is believed that turquoise tends to bring good fortune, strength and helps overcome illness. Turquoise got its name from the Levantine traders called Turks who brought the stone to Europe from Persia via Turkey centuries ago. Native Americans have prized turquoise since the time of the Aztecs, who mined it in New Mexico. The natural variations that occur in turquoise are part of their appeal and beauty.
RUBY: A gemstone, ruby is thought to speed the healing of body, mind and spirit. It is believed to aid in psychic development while it energizes. It’s a good stone for just about everyone.
LAPIS: Lapis is the perfect stone for wisdom and fortitude. It is also believed to be an excellent stone for decision makers. It helps increase psychic ability.
OPAL: Most people know Opal for it’s distinctive play of color, it is semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water, and it gets its name from the Latin word “Oplus” meaning precious stone. Opal is October’s birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one’s psychic and mystical qualities.
ONYX: It is a semi-precious gemstone, and it is a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. Onyx is also known to be a calming stone. Native Americans believe it collects negative energy from you while wearing it.
MALACHITE: It is famous for its radial banding and deep green color. Popular today for use in Southwestern Indian jewelry, malachite was also popular in the past with the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It was worn as a good luck charm to keep away danger and illness. It is believed to balance and stabilize ones emotions.
TIGER”S EYE: Also called Tigers eye or Tiger eye is a chatoyant gemstone. Tiger Eye stone contains a golden yellow reflection on a brown ground color. The most important source of tiger eye is South Africa, but it is also found in California. Native American Indians believe it conveys courage and protection.
PEARLS: Pearls are known to stabilize and balance emotions. They are believed to help your body in using calcium better. For Native Americans pearls are full of purity and integrity.
RHODOCHROSITE: A mineral mined in the U.S., rhodochrosite is known to strengthen self- identity; helps heal deep emotional trauma and balances with a loving vibration. JET: It is an organic gemstone which was highly popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. It has been traditionally fashioned into rosaries for monks. In the U.S. long necklaces of jet beads were very popular during the 1920s, or Roaring Twenties, when women and young flappers would wear multiple strands of jet beads stretching from the neckline to the waistline. Today it is used to beautify Native American Indian jewelry.
Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe, NM proudly features both of these talented Native American Artists and their crafts in our gift gallery. Unique and culturally different New Mexico locally crafted gifts- perfect for gift giving. Valentines is coming up…..why not consider giving the gift of travel and experience our unique historic adobe pueblo-style downtown Santa Fe Bed Breakfast. Book Now and experience a one-of-a-kind New Mexico lodging experience! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 and allow us to assist you. www.pueblobonitoinn.com
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Now you’re getting it! Combine that romantic spirit with the perfect Santa Fe bed and breakfast. Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe provides adventure travelers an historic adobe Native American pueblo-style accommodation. Creating an authentic, traditional New Mexico adventure travel experience is easy when your private guest room is encased with 2 ft thick adobe walls originally built in 1860! 18 private guest rooms boast hand formed real wood burning kiva fireplaces, nichos, corbels, and adorable deep soaking mosaic tiled baths with 1930 viga wood ceilings! Historically accurate. Delightfully distinctive. Uniquely perfect for any New Mexico adventure travel enthusiast! A Valentines Gift your loved one is sure to remember forever! BOOK NOW at Inn at Pueblo Bonito- Santa Fe, NM Click for Special Offers
New Mexico Restaurant Week February 2016 Travel – Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque
Seven consecutive years and becoming one of Santa Fe’s premier winter travel attractions is New Mexico Restaurant Week! New Mexico Restaurant week is an eight day culinary celebration taking place all over northern New Mexico – Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque! Though Southwest travel during January and February are generally “slower times” this makes this winter travel event the perfect reason for a Santa Fe getaway. Travelers looking to take advantage of value- priced dining and lodging deals with an adventurous winter travel spirit will love our discount lodging offerings at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn- Santa Fe! We receive several inquiries from potential winter travelers throughout the U.S. asking for trip planning ideas specific to Santa Fe, New Mexico and winter travel. Well here is a great one! Highly recommend. We suggest combining outdoor recreational winter activities around Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque like: downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, winter hiking, hot springs, day trips, wine tasting, National Park exploration and more! Check out many of our blogs for more information on these topics.
Santa Fe Restaurant Week
Santa Fe Restaurant weeks provides the perfect reason to experience New Mexico in winter. It encompasses food, local cuisine, winter activities and affordable lodging! In addition to deals on dining out (lunches and dinners), Restaurant Week’s daytime events give Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast guests an excellent opportunity to expand their culinary repertoire and interact directly with local chefs, bartenders, and sommeliers. Definitely a fun and tasty time for everyone! So why not give us a whirl this February? Join us at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe for any of the winter travel dates below for New Mexico Restaurant week?
- Santa Fe: February 21 – 28, 2016
- Taos: February 28 – March 6, 2016
- Albuquerque: March 6 – 13, 2016
Regardless of New Mexico Restaurant week’s – Santa Fe, Taos or Albuquerque – Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn offers unique and historic New Mexico travel lodging. 10% OFF Nightly Rates during January, February and March travel which includes: Free parking, WiFi, Breakfast and Afternoon tea! Enjoy Santa Fe, its rich history, world class museums, galleries and shops, top rated restaurants, affordable skiing, cultural performances, etc. anytime of year! Combine all the delicious offerings and experiences that New Mexico Restaurant week has to offer and more with us. New Mexico’s best traditional red chile pork tamales are served hot daily and each enchanting guest room has it’s own wood burning kiva fireplace- uniquely Santa Fe! Let us know if we can assist you- call now for best rates and availability for all New Mexico Restaurant dates: Santa Fe, Taos or Albuquerque Restaurant week! 1-800-461-4599 BOOK NOW
#2 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – See part one here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips.html
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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip
In north-central New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, lies a unique and breathtaking scenic geological area known as Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks. The location makes for a perfect destination for a Top Santa Fe day trip! Whether driving from Albuquerque Sunport to get to Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe or departing Santa Fe to return to Albuquerque, we highly recommend this Top Santa Fe Day trip to make your visit memorable! NOTE: Approximate drive time is 40 minutes.
Kasha-Katuwe or” white cliffs” as known in Keresan (the traditional language of the Cochiti Pueblo people) is now a US National Park that features large, tent-shaped rocks that hug steep cliffs of the Peralta Canyon. It is stated that these rocks were created from powerful forces of vulcanism and erosion, having been built up and then torn down to create a one-of-a- kind landscape. Theory states that during the last million years, a tremendous volcanic explosion northwest of Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks spewed rock and ash for hundreds of square miles, leaving volcanic debris up to 400 feet thick. Over time, water has cut into these deposits, creating canyons, arroyos and other area features. Cone-shaped rock formations where wind- and water-eroded pumice and tuff deposits make for spectacular viewing. Formation tops feature hard, erosion-resistant caprocks which have protected the softer “tents” below over time. While uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet- something Santa Fe visitors will enjoy photographing and hiking in this slot canyon.
To create a TOP Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks day trip we recommend the following: Make a full day trip by leaving Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast in downtown Santa Fe after a hearty breakfast to include red chile pork tamales, then out of town South to I-25S (Albuquerque). Access to the park is via Cochiti pueblo. (Direction are below). Hiking and exploring this slot canyon can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2+ hours- the farther you hike into the formations the more amazing the tents! When finished in the park, back track through Cochiti Pueblo, but this time head toward the Santo Domingo Pueblo! An actively inhabited Northern New Mexico pueblo that will add to your Top Santa Fe Day trip adventure. Continue to head toward I-25 and take N toward Santa Fe or S to Albuquerque. If returning to Santa Fe consider this side trip! Take highway 14 (Turquoise Trail)- officially a scenic byway, Highway 14 will take you past Cerrillos NM an enchanting old coal mining town and into Madrid, NM. This once popular and economically hopping town was originally founded to fund the energy war efforts. Coal mining companies came in which allowed settlers to stake claims and live in this small, but influential town years ago. After the war, the coal mines withdrew leaving the town virtually abandoned. Around the 1980’s this area became rediscovered by east coasts artists who have today made this sleepy little village a fun and funky visitors stop on the Turquoise Trail! We suggest planning lunch or happy hour at the Mine Shaft Tavern as they are known for their Madchile cheese burger (winner of Santa Fe Smackdow) and Madchile margarita!
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the most direct access from Interstate 25. Take the Cochiti Reservoir exit from I-25 to NM Route 22 and follow the signs to Cochiti Pueblo. Turn right at the pueblo water tower (painted like a drum) onto Tribal Route 92 (connects to Forest Service Road 266). Travel 5 miles on a dirt road to the Tent Rocks parking area, which is marked with a sign. This is the only parking area for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.
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#1 in Series of Top Recommended Santa Fe Day Trips – part 2 here: http://www.pueblobonitoinn.com/top-recommended-santa-fe-day-trips-2-in-series.html
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Santa Fe Tourist Attractions To See During Your Day Trip
A wonderful scenic 40 minutes drive from historic downtown Santa Fe and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast! Great for half day or full day trip up into the Jemez mountains in Northern New Mexico. Once in the park, guests walk through ancient Indian Ruins, view Native American petroglyphs and explore historic cliff dwellings and climbs on handcrafted kiva ladders. Ancient ruins date back to 1250 AD! A novice skill level, one mile-long hike weaves Santa Fe day trippers past petroglyphs, masonry walls built into a cliff face to the pinnacle “long house”. Ancestral Pueblo people left Frijoles Canyon sometime after 1250, for reasons unknown. Bandelier is our 2016 #1 Top Santa Fe Day Trip for visitors – you will very much enjoy this special New Mexico highlight. Pueblo people thrived in this area near Los Alamos in what is now Bandelier National Monument- 10,000 years ago. The Bandelier National Park covers 33,677 acres within Frijoles Canyon and is filled with lush pine forests, wildlife and clear blue skies. An easy, enjoyable and certain to please Santa Fe day trip put first on our list of BEST Santa Fe Day Trips and Travel Suggestions!
“Add On” Options for Santa Fe Day Tripping:
- San Ildefonso Pueblo– We highly suggest pairing a Day Trip to Bandelier with a quick visit to San Ildefonso Pueblo. After exploring history, why not contrast an active living Native American Pueblo? Known for black on black method of pottery design made famous by Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso pueblo people are mutli-talented, kind hearted and welcoming. Be prepared to enjoy some beautiful handcrafts!
- Santa Clara Pueblo– personal guided tours of the Santa Clara Puye Cliff Dwellings (similar to Bandelier). An option to consider – especially for returning Santa Fe visitors. Having a one-on-one interaction with a native Santa Claran guide can only prove to enhance any Day Trip experience of Northern New Mexico! Fee charged per person.
- Santa Fe Golf at Towa Golf Course: off 285 in Tesuque, NM. 18 hole Arnold Palmer golf course with rolling hill fairways with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Santa Fe County! We don’t suggest making this your “destination”, but adding a half day of golf when in Santa Fe could be a lot of fun!
- Bradbury Museum: in Los Alamos, NM. Extremely interesting, informative National History Museum documenting the Manhattan Project. Real film footage of the US President and historic news broadcasts of the atomic bomb project. Exhibits highlighting benefits of our National Defense funding also presented.
Restaurants/ Wineries/ Distilleries (AKA: The Foodie Side of Santa Fe Day Tripping):
- Gabrielle Restaurant: 285 in Tesuque, NM (10 min from our historic adobe Santa Fe Inn). Our favorite menu items: House margarita; Guacamole and chips; Chicken Chimi.
- Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant- Highway 501 in Chimayo, NM. Our Favorite menu items: House margarita; Green Chile Chicken Enchilada with Sour Cream; Sopapillas
- Estrella del Norte: Award winning Winery. Excellent side trip toward Chimayo, NM for an afternoon wine tasting! Lovely back patio/grounds and fun gift shop!
- Don Quixote Distillery: 285 in Espanola, NM. Famous for NM Blue Corn Vodka or Bourbon! Great experience in spirit tastings. Blue Corn spirits make great gifts for folks left behind!
- Blue Heron: Located on the plaza in Espanola, NM. Tasting house is features local home brews made fresh daily.
Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast inn: Located in Santa Fe at 138 W Manhattan Ave. Uniquely, enchanting. Adobe pueblo-style bed and breakfast. TOP for two reasons:
- 1. Most authentically preserved historic downtown Santa Fe lodging. A must do for enhancing a Native American Historic Santa Fe Experience! Traditional, authentic New Mexico adobe architecture- one of a kind! 154 yrs of southwest US history exudes from this privately owned estate turned bed and breakfast in 1986. True Santa Fe accomodations to transform a stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico into a cultural, historic lodging experience! THE Best way to compliment a day trip to Bandelier National Monument!
- 2. People! Innkeepers- Amy & Herb Behm have 30+ consecutive years at Pueblo Bonito and 55+ living in New Mexico living! We serve guests need: help plan, recommend, provide welcoming hospitality and everything that goes along with great Santa Fe Vacation Travel experiences! Guests know what to expect – the REAL thing! Real history. Real Adobe. Real wood burning kivas. Real people! Nothing phony or make believe here! Voted “Guest Favorite” over 8,200 properties in US and Canada (2011; 12; 13! Rated “Excellent” TripAdvisor 2010, 11 ,12, 13, 14, 15!).
Our knowledge and insight into the region, culture, cuisine and travel in New Mexico is priceless. We make Santa Fe come to life! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599- You’ll be glad you did.
New Mexico Foodie Travelers- Rejoice! Tastes of New Mexico special NOW OFFERED – compliments of Pueblo Bonito Inn- Santa Fe!
Upcoming January and February holidays bring more than an extra day off or romance! Martin Luther King Weekend and Valentine Weekend bring guests of Pueblo Bonito Inn a delicious taste of Amy’s home cooking- the New Mexico way!
January 16 brings Martin Luther King Holiday. Feb 13 brings Valentine Weekend. New and loyal guests of Pueblo Bonito bed breakfast are in for a special treat on those days! “TASTES OF NEW MEXICO” will be served up special and are certain to be a favorite! On these holiday travel dates breakfast service will feature our famous Pueblo red chile pork tamales AND Amy’s homemade Green Chile Chicken Stew (a family recipe reserved for service on Christmas and New Years). They are so popular, we’re experimenting with service on Martin Luther King and Valentine weekend! Also provided to guests over these two holiday travel weekends, complimentary 2 for 1 tastings of award winning wines AND spirits at nearby Estrella del Norte winery AND Don Quixote distillery! Savor rich flavors of New Mexico with a January or February holiday stay at Pueblo Bonito Inn in downtown Santa Fe! THE most historic, authentic adobe pueblo-style b&b in New Mexico! Now serving THE TASTES of NEW MEXICO for breakfast! Don’t miss out- book now for best availability and special early booking rates! We want to celebrate the accomplishment of 30 consecutive years to serve cherished New Mexico visitors with you! Call for assistance: 1-800-461-4599 or BOOK NOW!
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Santa Fe Ski Report
Courtesy: The New Mexican (Santa Fe’s News source!) By Dan Schwartz
Skiing Santa Fe New Mexico has never been better! Ski Santa Fe Mountain 100% open: 79/79 trails open! 7/7 lift open!
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The North Central Regional Transit District on Christmas Eve will begin sending buses up and down the road to the Santa Fe ski resort, Ski Santa Fe, seven times daily until New Year’s Day.
Normally, the district’s Blue Buses drive to the Santa Fe ski area three times a day during the week, beginning from the South Capitol Rail Runner Station. But on the holiday schedule, buses will leave the station at 8, 9, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and at 1:15, 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. The buses stop at the Fort Marcy Recreation Complex and Hyde State Park before turning around at the ski area.
The fare is $5 each way, and riders must provide exact amount.
The transit district began running buses up Hyde Park Road in late September as part of an eight-month trial period. In the first week, it had 38 riders. But by Week 9, when the ski lifts began running, 69 people a week were riding the new route, and that number climbed to 158 in Week 12, with a day left to go.
“Numbers are running about 300 percent over what they had been” in the first week, he said.
To date, the transit district has spent more than $160,000 on the route.
Randy Randall, executive director of Tourism Santa Fe, the city of Santa Fe’s tourism bureau, said Ski Santa Fe is one of the more underestimated ski areas in the country. It’s not as large as Taos, Vail or Aspen, he said, but this Santa Fe ski are has smaller crowds and cheaper tickets.
“And frankly, most ski towns have shuttles to take people to their ski areas, and I think Santa Fe should think of itself more as a ski town,” Randall said.
He said the transit district should measure the route’s initial success not by how many people ride the buses but by the consistency of its schedule.
There you have it! Another reason New Mexico skiers flock to Santa Fe Ski basin. Ski Santa Fe is open and Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is ready to accommodate single to family ski travelers. Early Booking Skiiers Packages include: Breakfast tamales, downtown Santa Fe parking, Afternoon tea time, WiFi and a prime location to walk to your favorite watering hole, shop, museum or late night music entertainment. Give us a call 1-800-461-4599
Okay folks… you asked for it! Needless to say, we receive numerous inquiries about green chile… how to make it; how to cook it; how to store it; how to roast it; how to peel it; etc. So due to popular request, we have provided some basic information for our beloved chile lover guests who want to know! Enjoy- COMPLIMENTS OF INN AT PUEBLO BONITO- SANTA FE
CHILE 101: PREPARATION, HANDLING AND STORING NEW MEXICO CHILE
Chile – both Red and Green – are essential ingredients in traditional New Mexican cooking. Of course, one can buy already prepped and ready to go chile, but Santa Fe chefs know chile taste better when prepared in season and fresh. Doing it yourself not only is more economical, but it’s fun too! An experience of authentic New Mexico culture and history. Below is everything you need to know to become a “chile pro”. Go ahead, take your New Mexico cooking to the next level!
Perfect Chile Roasting 101:
ROASTING FRESH NEW MEXICO CHILES AT HOME
- It’s easy! Roast fresh New Mexico chile pods in an oven; on top of a gas stove; or on an outdoor grill!
- Begin with New Mexico grown green chiles- they are the most frequently roasted! About twenty minutes for oven roasting putting a single layer of green chile on baking sheet. Blister chile at 450° F (blackening skins in many spots) and turn as needed for uniformed scorching or until chiles collapse.
- If roasting just a few green pods, hold with tongs over flame of a gas burner for a few minutes. Turn to blacken all over, or use an asador (wire-mesh griddle).
- If using a gas or charcoal grill, place green chile on grate over hot fire, searing all sides- about ten minutes.
- Roast fresh red pods the same ways, but because of their higher moisture content, keep from blistering and blackening as fully as green. Judge their readiness by looking for loosening skin with deep brown shades.
STEAM AND PEEL FRESH NEW MEXICO CHILES
After roasting red or green chile, steam pods immediately to loosen skins.
- Place pods in a Ziploc plastic bag or covered bowl. Let sit five to ten minutes until cool enough to handle.
- Peeling quantities of chiles, require rubber gloves! Avoid capsaicin (substance that gives the pods heat) getting onto your hands- it doesn’t wash off easily and can irritate skin.
- Strip off the outer skin or peel. If tempted to run water over chiles to help in the process (some peel is bound to stick)- Don’t do it! As this will dilutes the flavor. Instead, rinse gloved hands under running water.
- Remove all stems and seeds unless plans include stuffing chiles. In this case, leave the stem and any seeds still attached to avoid weakening the pod.
GREEN CHILE SAUCE RECIPE: Servings: 4 cups
Green chile sauce is an essential ingredient in New Mexican recipes. Green chile sauce can be frozen- so feel free to be creative and smother any/all meats, eggs, pasta, etc with this highly popular accompaniment! This green chile sauce will be a welcomed treat packing a punch of flavor and spice to any dish. If planning ahead, remember this keeps for 3 days refrigerated otherwise it freezes well!
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ to 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chopped roasted New Mexican green chile, fresh or thawed frozen
- 2 cups chicken or beef stock
- ½ teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- Warm the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the flour and continue cooking for another 1 or 2 minutes.
- Mix in the chile. Immediately begin pouring in the stock, stirring as you go, then add the salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, until thickened but still very pourable. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.
RED CHILE SAUCE RECIPE:
Another staple in New Mexican cooking! Use red sauce in enchiladas, burritos, tamales, or smothered on top of basically anything. This sauce will keep up to 6 days refrigerated and freezes well.
Servings: 4 cups
- Toast dried whole chile pods in a heavy skillet over medium heat until they are warm and release their fragrance, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
- Remove the chiles from the skillet immediately. When cool enough to handle, break each chile pod into several pieces (wearing rubber or plastic gloves if your skin is sensitive), discarding the stem and seeds.
- Place half the chile pieces in a blender and pour in one-half of the water or stock. Puree until mostly smooth but with a few flecks of chile still visible in the liquid.
- Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté several minutes until the onion is limp.
- Pour in the blended chile mixture, then add oregano and salt.
- Puree the remaining chiles with the remaining water and pour it into the sauce in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for a total of 20 to 25 minutes.
- After about 15 minutes, taste the sauce and adjust seasonings. When ready, the sauce will be cooked down enough to coat a spoon thickly but still drop off of it easily. Use warm or refrigerate for later use.
- 8 ounces (about 20 to 25) dried whole red New Mexican chile pods, mild, medium, hot, or a combination
- 4 cups water or chicken stock (divided use)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 to 2 teaspoons crumbled dried Mexican oregano, or marjoram
- 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
Anytime of year is an excellent time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico! Foods, flavors, colors, clear skies, world class museums, art, culture, skiing and so much more! But the Fall- October, November are Chile harvest times! Fresh Chile is abundant. Then December while New Mexicans are preparing for Holidays- chiles are plentiful in local markets. Rejenos, tamales, stews, posole are local traditional favorites. Inn at Pueblo Bonito features the BEST Red Chile Pork Tamales in the State of New Mexico every morning for breakfast- all year round! So, we invite you to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico and feast on our local cuisine featuring the beloved red or green chile. You won’t be sorry! Give us a call 1-800-461-4599 if we can be of assistance. We’d love to host you on your next historic Santa Fe vacation get away! Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast Santa Fe!