Friday, October 16, 2015

Banana Everything Cookies

Chef Notes: With some slight modifications from the original recipe, these are some addictively good cookies — perfect use for those overripe bananas.

Banana Everything Cookies

Nonstick cooking oil spray
1 very ripe medium banana
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or as needed
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal or rolled oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray two baking sheets with oil. In a mixing bowl, mash banana well. Add oil, sugar and vanilla, and mix with a strong fork. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and mix until just moistened.

Add oatmeal and chocolate chips. Using your hands or a sturdy spoon, mix well, making sure oats are well moistened. (If dough is very slippery, add one or two extra tablespoons flour.)

Using clean, wet hands, re-wetting as needed, roll dough into balls slightly smaller than a golf ball, about 1-1/3 inches in diameter (I use the Pampered Chef's medium scoop). Flatten slightly and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes (14 minutes on stoneware). Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

About 24 servings

New York Times Cooking

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Palacio Cafe

Our breakfast stop on the morning of our departure, we went to Palacio Cafe. My sister and brother-in-law stopped here on Tuesday morning before we arrived. They enjoyed it so much, we opted to return. Gotta love the green and red chile that Santa Fe does so well!

Smothered Breakfast Burrito with Green Chile
Huevos Rancheros
Veggie Breakfast Burrito with Green Chile on the side

Friday, October 9, 2015

Chez Mamou

Not that we need any more to eat after dinner, but Chez Mamou, the French bakery just down the street, was calling our name.  The Napoleon was delicious and apparently a special treat. It's not made very often, and we got the last one!  We love to try this place for dinner when we return to Santa Fe.

Raspberry Chocolate Indulgence
Raspberry Lemon Tart
Apricot Tart

La Casa Sena

For our final night in Santa Fe, we enjoyed dinner outside on the Sena Plaza at La Casa Sena. We had this restaurant on our list of possible dinner options, and after we stopped here earlier in the day on our food tour, we decided we need to return. We all agreed it was fantastic!

Goat Cheese Sweet Corn Croquettes
LCS Caesar
Our wine selection
Seared Ruby Trout
Aztec Dusted Salmon
Coriander Dusted Antelope Chop


Second of two happy hour stops on day 4 of Santa Fe trip took us to Secreto. Our food tour guide highly recommended it, and a best happy hours in Santa Fe list we saw online listed it as #1. The drinks were fantastic and the service was great!

Spicy Secreto // Cucumbers, lime juice, cane syrup, Novo Fogo Organic Cachaça, elderflower liqueur and a touch of spice.  First place winner in the 2010 "Shake It Up! Competition" in Las Vegas, the largest cocktail competition in the U.S.

Blackberry Caipirinha // The bartender's suggestion, and a great variation on the standard caipirinha.

Smoked Sage Margarita // Republic Anejo Tequila with 03 Brazilian Orange Liqueur, lime juice and sage smoked into the glass with a hickory smoked salt rim.

French 75 // Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and Gruet Blanc de Noir. We learned on the food tour that Gruet is well-recognized New Mexico sparkling wine.

Spicy Secreto & Blackberry Caipirinha
Smoked Sage Margarita
French 75

Draft Station

After our food tour and a bit of afternoon shopping, we stopped for happy hour (first of two) at the Draft Station. They had a wide variety of New Mexico craft beers on tap. It was a gorgeous day to sit out on their second floor patio overlooking the Santa Fe Plaza.


Food Tour New Mexico

Day 4, our last full day in Santa Fe, we decided to do our food tour through Food Tour New Mexico. In hindsight, we should have done this tour on our first day, because all the food was delicious and we got tons of restaurant ideas. Nick was our guide, and he was a wealth of information. The places we visited included:

La Casa Sena // Blue Corn Muffins & Golden Beet Soup

La Boca // Basca Cava Brut & Marinated Artichoke with Goat Cheese

Santa Fe Olive Oil & Balsamic Company // Free tastings!

Luminaria // Sangria, Artisan Breads & Tortilla Soup

Kakáwa // Tzul Chocolate Elixir (we were able to sample as many as we'd like) ... amazing!

Golden Beet Soup at La Casa Sena
Basca Cava Brut at La Boca
Marinated Artichoke with Goat Cheese at La Boca
Tastings at the Santa Fe Olive Oil & Balsamic Company
Sangria at Luminaria
Artisan Breads at Luminaria
Tortilla Soup at Luminaria
Tzul Chocolate Elixir at Kakáwa

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Aftre breakfast on day 3, we headed out of Santa Fe and took in the New Mexico countryside. We stopped briefly in Chimayo (church visit) on our way to Taos. The shopping wasn't as nice as Santa Fe, but we did manage to find Hero for a lunch stop and had some great sandwiches and rice bowls.

Miami (pulled pork and ham, pepperjack, chipotle mayo)
Curried Chicken Salad
Outlaw Cookies (oats, walnuts, chocolate chips, coconut and spices)

The Patio Restaurant

Day 3 started out with breakfast at The Patio Restaurant, the restaurant at La Posada de Santa Fe, where we were staying. The chorizo burrito was delicious and surprisingly not too heavy.

Chorizo Burrito
Southwest Omelet

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

El Farol

Day two in Santa, we went to El Farol for dinner, and it was fantastic.

Prickly Pear Margarita // Delicious!

Gambas al Ajillo // Obviously the picture below doesn't do it justice (forgot to take the before pic but couldn't resist the deliciously empty bowl.  The sauce was amazing!  We asked the waiter for bread so we could soak it all up!

Calamari al Estilo Asiatico // Plum sauce was good. Would have liked to have tried the fradiavolo option.

Paella de la Casa // We opted to order this entrée and still share tapas style.  Delicious!

Don't remember the names of the two desserts, but both were delicious.

Prickly Pear Margarita
Gambas al Ajillo
Calamari al Estilo Asiatico
Paella de la Casa
Fig dessert?

The Shed

Day two in Santa Fe, we had lunch at The Shed from a recommendation of a friend.

St-Rita Margarita
House Guacamole, Salsa & Tortilla Chips
Enchilada & Taco Plate with “Christmas” chile
Blue Corn Burritos with "Christmas" chile
Carne Adovada Plate
Chicken Enchilada Plate with "Christmas" chile

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Del Charro

Celebrated my sister and brother-in-law's anniversary on a getaway to Santa Fe. Since we arrived a little later, we stopped at Del Charro for some late night appetizers.  

When we got home, I discovered Del Charro has the recipe for the Green Chile Chicken Chowder on their website. It was an amazing soup! We will definitely being giving that a try.

Green Chile Chicken Chowder
Handcrafted Sliders
Chile con Queso & Chips