Countdown to Brazil-Starting with Coyote Call Trail

iris valles caldera brazil

Written by Shannon McCoy-Hayes My husband and I are traveling to Brazil and Argentina in August. Our destination is Iguazu Falls but we’ll also be staying at an eco-lodge in the rainforest in Misiones. Sounds idyllic, right? Well, I’m not going to lie. I’m terrified. I have been sedentary for …

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Mixed Grain Casserole with Green Chile

Barley and Quinoa

This vegetarian mixed grain casserole is a favorite of mine, perfect as a vegetarian main dish or a delicious side dish. This also works well to make ahead of time, to be warmed up and served later. The recipe includes hearty grains: barley and quinoa with plenty of fiber and …

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Cilantro- Fanatic or Phobia?

Cilantro

I am a self-proclaimed Cilantro lover. Adding fresh cilantro to salsa, tacos, eggs, makes the dish taste ‘fresh’- in my opinion. To my surprise, there is a large group of people with cilantro phobia!!!  How could this be??!! ‘It tastes like soap!’?? ‘Cilantro gives me headaches!!’??? There never seems to …

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Tamale Variations- Healthier Options

Masa for tamales

It isn’t Christmas without tamales! But they can be so bad for you. Traditionally, they are made with a corn ‘masa’ mixed with lard or shortening and filled with pork that is cooked in red chile. You can purchase the masa in the frozen section or you can get it …

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Vegetarian Tamales

Tamales

Christmas in New Mexico calls for tamales! This is a healthier, vegetarian version made with olive oil instead of lard. For vegan diets, hold the cheese! Ingredients: Wraps: Soak corn husks in hot water until pliable. Filling (calabacitas with optional chicken substitute): 2 zucchini diced 2 Yellow squash diced 1 …

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Kasha-Katawe Tent Rocks- An Unforgettable Day Hike

slot canyon view tent rocks

The cool, clear, brisk days of late fall is the best time of year to visit Tent Rocks, a favorite day trip of mine, and a fantastic place to take the kids. An adventure of slot canyons and whimsical rock formations that look like tents, or if you are hungry, …

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Personalizing your Salsa

salsa

  There is a salsa for every situation, there is an endless variety. At home, my salsa is very basic. When I make a batch to take to work – to my very foodie, gourmet co-workers – I aim to be as unique as possible. We also have a little …

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Green Chile Sauce

Green Chile Sauce

Red and green chiles aren’t all that different so it is interesting to me that New Mexicans almost always roast, peel and chop their green chile while boiling and pureeing their red chile into a smooth sauce. Why not do the reverse? In fact, during a chile peeling party with …

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TWA Canyon Hike

Sandia Mountain TWA

Today we are going to the TWA crash site in the Sandia Mountains. Back in 1955, a TWA flight headed for Santa Fe left Albuquerque in a snow storm. Sadly, the flight lasted only a few minutes when it veered off course and crashed into the mountain. There were investigations …

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Cervantes-Healthy Food and fun for Halloween!

cervantes restaurant halloween decorations

I’m so excited to head to my favorite New Mexican restaurant today: Cervantes Cervantes was established in 1976, is locally owned (see their story here: (http://www.cervantesabq.com/about-us) and has the most amazing food. A lot of New Mexican food is already healthy, such as high fiber beans and chile as a …

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