Saturday, February 5, 2011

End of January

It's cloudy today in New Mexico. This is in contrast to days of balmy winds and brilliant blue skies. We've only had one major snowstorm and two Artic blasts that brought temperatures of -20 degrees. Otherwise, I keep thinking I see green on the chamisa. The Taos Ski Valley and the surrounding ski areas have had periodic light snows, but I am not alone as I look out the window waiting for the snowflakes that will breathe life into this ski community. We filled our wood box, and took some Taco meat out of the freezer for supper. I dug my cross country skis and my snowshoes out of the shed and I am ready. Our little dog Bonnie is always ready. I've been to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge a couple times with my chile spice mix. I caught a few sales as skiers came down from the mountains. I hear reports from Taos Ski Valley, Red River, Sipapu and Angel Fire. Everyone is happy to be outside in our beautiful mountains. After several runs down the hill they are hungry. They are ready to cook up something healthy from Cid's Market, plan a little sight seeing at the Taos Visitors' Center, drop by the Plaza for a souvenir, or browse through Taos Cookery on Bent Street. These places all sell my Rio Grande Chile Spice Mix if you can't find me at the Gorge. Don't forget to pick up a few packs to season your tacos, burritos, hash browns and eggs, beans, salsa, stew, meats and other recipes. You'll know one of the reasons why New Mexico is called The Land of Enchantment.

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