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Watermelon Soup with Jalapeno Peppers

Watermelon Soup

(serves 6 to 8)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Watermelon
  • 2  Jalapeno Chile Peppers (or Serrano if you want more heat)
  • 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • Touch of Sea Salt

 Directions:

  1. Cut melon into quarters
  2. Take one quarter and cut melon into ¼ to ½ ” dice and set aside
  3. Take remaining 3 quarters and cut into large junks
  4. Place large melon junks into blender or food processor with lime juice and salt.
  5. Process until smooth puree
  6. Remove stems, ribs and seed from jalapeno chiles
  7. Take one chile and cut into fine dice.  Set aside for garnish
  8. Cut remaining chiles into large junks, then add to pureed melon.  Pulse several times until chile segments are pureed.
  9. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  10. When ready to serve, place large spoonful of diced melon into bottom of martini glass or parfait glass. Spoon  ½ to 2/3 cup of melon soup over diced melon.
  11. Garnish with finely diced chiles and serve

August Highlights

August events in Santa Fe

If you want to visit Santa Fe at one of the most colorful times in its calendar, then August is the time to do it.  There are plenty of events taking place throughout the month and the only difficulty you might have would be to narrow down your choices!

Fiesta de los Ninos: A Children’s Celebration

This is an event that will appeal to all members of the family, but particularly the children.  There are games, crafts and a number of entertainments as part of this event.  Children aged 12 and under can attend free of charge and it is the perfect end to the summer.  The event is set to be held on the last weekend of the month, the 30th and 31st of August.  Tickets for the event cost just a few dollars and more information can be found on the El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.

Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous

If you should happen to be in Santa Fe at the beginning of August (2nd and 3rd) then you can experience a real taste of the Old West at the Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous.  This event will take you right back to the 19th century and you can buy a variety of authentic souvenirs such as buffalo and elk pelts, leatherwork, hand-made ironworks, traditional blankets and knives.  You can also pick up antiques such as guns.  This re-creation of an event from the 1830s features people dressed in authentic costumes, live music performances, activities and games for children, a variety of entertainments and plenty of good food and drink.  Visit the official website for more information.

Zozobra

zozobra santa feThis is actually a celebration that the city is returning to the locals as the tourist season comes to an end but it is a unique event that should not be missed if you do happen to be here on 29th August.  Zozobra is a giant 55 foot tall puppet that has been filled with thousands of pieces of paper.  The locals write on these with information about everything that has not worked out over the last 12 months.  The puppet is raised high and there is a ceremony with live music and dance before it is burned as night falls.  The crowds cheer and all their worries from the last year are dealt with by the fire.  This is a unique tradition and has been taking place since 1924.  Zozobra is a character created by an artist named Will Shuster who took inspiration from the celebrations of the Yaqui Indians in Mexico.  To find out more visit the official event website here.

Santa Fe during August has so much to offer and every year thousands of people flock to the city to find out what makes it tick.  Events that celebrate our culture are among the most popular and as there is always something happening here it does not matter when you visit, you are sure not to be disappointed.  With that in mind, remember, it is the high season and so accommodation reservations should always be made in advance.

 

Red, White & Blue! Happy 4th of July!

We had the pleasure of celebrating our great country with our guests on July 4th. On the menu:

Watermelon Soup with Blueberries & Bananas:

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Ham & Blue Cheese Tart with Tomatoes & Greens:

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Radicchio, Red & White Endive, Jicama, & Blueberries with Straw-blueberry Vinaigrette:

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Cream Biscuits with Strawberries & Blueberries:

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The Santa Fe Wine Festival – July 5th & 6th

santa fe wine festivalThe highly anticipated Santa Fe Wine Festival is upon us! Coming up this weekend, July 5th & 6th, the wine festival will open in its 21st year. Held at the historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a 200 acre Spanish colonial living history museum, the wine festival will feature varietals from seventeen New Mexico wineries. In addition, visitors will enjoy a festive atmosphere with live music, food, traditional agricultural  products and handmade arts and crafts for sale.

Details:

Dates:  July 5th and 6th, 2014.
Time:   12 noon to 6 pm.
Adult Admission:   $13   Includes festival wine glass.
Youth Admission:   $5   (13 – 20 years old).
Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal age guardian.
Glass sales and tasting end at 5:30 pm. Bottle sales end at 6:00 pm.

Transportation:

New Mexico Wine Tours is offering safe transportation to and from the Santa Fe Wine Festival at Las Golondrinas, on July 5th and 6th for all guests at downtown Santa Fe hotels.

Please call Cindy Capelli at NM Wine Tours for pick up at 1.505.250.8943 or 877.264.9463
Advance reservations recommended.

One way per person – $10.00 – round trip $20.00 (Santa Fe Plaza area & Railrunner train depot).

Information regarding other upcoming Santa Fe events in July.

Our Famous Oatmeal Cake Recipe!

Inn on the Paseo Oatmeal Cake

(Serves 6 to 8)

Inn on the Paseo Oatmeal Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canola oil ( may substitute ½ cup hazelnut or walnut oil)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder (3 teaspoons for high altitude)2
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 6 cups thick cut rolled oats (not quick or instant)
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, almonds, or walnuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine oil, sugars, eggs, spices, baking powder, vanilla, salt, milk, and cream into mixer.  Beat until well blended
  2. Add the oats.  Beat or stir to mix thoroughly
  3. Fold in nuts if using
  4. Pour mix into greased 9 x 13” glass baking dish (or 2 – 9” glass pie dishes)
  5. Cover with plastic wraps and chill in refrigerator overnight
  6. When ready to cook pull dish out of refrigerator and allow to sit while oven pre-heats.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350o F.
  8. Bake uncovered on middle shelf for 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting to serve
  10. Cut into square or slices and serve plain, with fruit sauce or with Crème Anglaise

(Adapted from the Art of Breakfast by Dana Moos)

Indian Market Santa Fe August 2014

The hallmark of a good event is when it comes back year after year.  This year the Santa Fe Indian Market will be in its 93rd year.  Starting on August 18th and running through August 24th, visitors will get to learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures, meet artists from all over the US and Canada, buy authentic art of all kinds, and ultimately attend an event that has no equal.

It is estimated that more than 175,000 people from all over the world will be flocking to Santa Fe to experience this unique event and visitors will need to book their accommodations well in advance.

So what is Indian Market?

The Santa Fe Indian Market is an annual event showcasing Indian arts run by an organization called the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).  The aim of SWAIA is to bring Indian arts to the attention of the broader public.  This event has the distinction of being the largest of its kind in the world and the largest cultural event in the southwestern United States.  On average more than 1,100 artists take part each year.  Only authentic Indian art is featured and some of the artists have been taking part for 50 years or more.

Just before Indian Market takes place (August 23rd & 24th), we have Indian Market Week.  This is when visitors can learn more about Indian culture through films, literature, music, fashion, and other related events produced by the artists.

One of the highlights of the market week is the ceremony for the Best of Show.  The organizers present more than $100,000 in prizes. One piece of artwork will be selected from the hundreds that are submitted and this will be given the status of Best in Show.  This is considered to be the most important award in Native arts and is highly sought after.  Unfortunately, only those who are members of the SWAIA can attend this particular ceremony but later the same day there are previews that can be attended by the general public.

We regularly see visitors who stay with us during the Indian Market going home laden with native arts and crafts including textiles, pottery, jewelry, wood carvings and paintings.  While these make great souvenirs or gifts, it is also an opportunity to support the individual artists and help them to continue their work.  To find out more check out the official SWAIA website.

Santa Fe in July

Summer is rapidly approaching and if you’re planning a trip to Santa Fe then July is a great time to do it.  Apart from the fact that you get to mingle with visitors from all over the world as well as the friendly and welcoming locals, there are plenty of great events taking place that are perfect for the entire family.

The Santa Fe Wine Festival

Santa Fe wine festival Okay, this might not be ideal for the kids, but it’s a great option for those who want to find out more about wines that are produced locally.  The kids are welcome to attend but anyone aged under 21 will need to be in the company of a guardian.  The event will be taking place on July 5th and 6th and this year will be the 21st event.  The festival is set on the historic ranch, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and you get to sample all the different varieties produced in the area.  Entertainment is provided with live music and you will also get to try some amazing foods.  In addition, all kinds of arts and crafts will be on sale.  The setting will appeal to all those who want to immerse themselves in local culture.  With 34 buildings on the ranch as well as waterways, this is a place that can really bring local history to life.  For more information check out the official website.

Art Santa Fe

This will be the 14th Art Santa Fe fair, one of the highlights of the contemporary art calendar.  Here you will be able to see unique art installations and view the artists of the future.  Contemporary galleries from all over the world will be descending on Santa Fe to take part.  This is a glamorous event but it is also very down to earth.  Visitors will be able to speak directly to both artists and dealers and there are several events throughout the week.  Art industry experts have listed this event as one of the best in the world so art lovers should make sure that they head to Santa Fe between July 10th and 17th to check out the latest innovations in art.  Get more details on the event by visiting the official website for the event.

Viva Mexico! Celebration

el rancho de las golondrinasTap into the multicultural nature of the city by making sure you are here on July 19th and 20th.  Mexico is a close neighbor and over the centuries has had a profound influence on all aspects of life in Santa Fe and New Mexico.  The festivities will celebrate culture, food, arts and crafts.  The event is run in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque and costs only a few dollars to attend.  For more information please visit  El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.

Whichever event it is that brings you to our amazing city, do not forget that July is a really busy time so booking your accommodations and event tickets in advance is a must. If you would like to book at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast please visit our reservations page.

Traditional Spanish Market July 2014 – Do Not Miss It!

Santa Fe is proud of the blend of cultures that have made their home here and there is a strong Spanish heritage that has survived for several centuries.  This can be seen every year in the Traditional Spanish Market.  This year the market will be held on July 26th & 27th and this historic event attracts thousands of people, both local and tourists.  The market is not simply a place to shop but an opportunity to experience all aspects of Spanish culture.

The market features the work of local Hispanic artists showcasing all types of handmade crafts and artwork.  In addition, live music and dance performances will be held, as well as demonstrations and art workshops, and of course there will be a great selection of delicious regional foods.

This will be the 63rd year for this particular event and it is one of the largest Spanish Markets held within the United States.  It is estimated that 70,000 make the trip to the Santa Fe Plaza each year to experience the atmosphere of the event and to learn more about the culture of the Hispanic people in the region.  The Plaza is the focus of the event every year and the location is just as important as the artists that take part.  The plaza is surrounded by the shops and museums that reflect the Spanish influences in the region and these are not to be missed either.

Meeting the artists is all part of the experience of the Spanish Market.  Many bring their families with them and are happy to chat with those who take an interest in their work.  Organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, there are also several days of events prior to the market which are just as popular and are well worth a visit.  These events include live performances as well as exhibitions.  Tickets to some events may need to be booked in advance and we recommend making reservations at our bed & breakfast in advance as well. July is peak tourist season and our rooms sell out quickly as we are within walking distance to the Plaza.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is also responsible for managing the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art where visitors can see a variety of exhibitions and take part in workshops and educations programs.  As the museum is located within downtown Santa Fe there is no reason not to pay a visit during your stay, although you may find that there is so much to do at the market that there is little time for anything else!

For more information regarding this incredible event visit the Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s website.

June delights in Santa Fe

We all know that Santa Fe has so much to offer visitors, so let us bring you up to date on a few events to expect in June.  With not long to go you may need to move quickly so that you don’t miss out on the following events:

One for the music fans

If blues music is your thing then you need to make sure you’re here in Santa Fe on the 4th of June armed with tickets for a show at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  TV’s Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) will be performing with the Copper Bottom Band.  This ensemble has quite a reputation and this is one evening of entertainment that you will not want to miss.  For more information visit the Lensic Center’s website.

Modern technology is upon us!

If modern technology and media are your thing then spending time in Santa Fe between June 13th and 29th will pay off.  The city will be home to ‘Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival’.  Here you can take in all kinds of multimedia performances, documentaries and a variety of new media arts exhibitions.  This is a large-scale event so you can expect to see artists arriving from all over the world to take part.  For those who are on a tight budget there will still be plenty to do as most of the events are offered free of charge, with just some events incurring a cost.  For more information visit the Santa Fe International new Media Festival’s website.

Cowboy heaven

The Rodeo de Santa Fe will be taking place from June 18th to June 21st at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds.  If you already have an idea of what a rodeo is like then you will not be disappointed as events include barrel racing, bareback riding and bull riding.  The atmosphere is amazing and the fact that the event is still going 65 years after it was first started demonstrates just how popular it is.  Booking tickets and accommodation in advance is essential as the city attracts thousands of visitors at this time of the year.

Horticultural help

For a gentler pastime in Santa Fe you can spend time on June 21st and 22nd at the Herb & Lavender Fair.  Here you can take tours of the herb gardens, learn more about growing your own herbs, purchase plants and herbal products and generally get a bit more hands-on with the growing process.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about your existing hobby or find a new one.

These are just a few of the events taking place in Santa Fe during June.  For a list of additional upcoming events visit SantaFe.org: http://santafe.org/What_s_Happening/