Friday, September 18, 2009

Food in Albuquerque and Corrales, NM

Wednesday night we had Reid and Amy over for dinner. Pam made ziti and put together some smoked sausage, chicken, pasta and tomato sauce. It turned out great.We ate and sat and talked for a couple of hours while it rained hard outside. They departed and we called it a night.

On Thursday morning Pam and I decided to go to Frontier Restaurant. It is on Central Av right across from the UNM campus in Albuquerque. I have been going there for 40 years --ever since Reid went to UNM in the 1970's. Frontier is one of those unique restaurants where people from all walks of life eat.I had a couple of eggs, beans, hash browns, salsa and a tortilla while Pam went for everyone's favorite- the cinnamon roll.

After breakfast we went back to the Family Camp. Pam continued on to the commissary to get groceries and I worked on the report/journal of our volunteer time at Greensburg, KS last week. I finished compiling the photos in a CD which we mailed out to one of the team members at Chapel Hill UMC for distribution.

We were scheduled for dinner with Jim and Linda's (my cousin) out in Corrales, NM. It is about 30 minutes away from Kirtland AFB. Corrales is a neat village of 7,000 that has a strong country ambiance. Next to Jim and Linda's place is Wagner's Produce Farm where we bought some Hatch green chile and had it roasted.
We picked out a pound and then had Sergio roastcook it in the outdoor roasters. We took the chile back to Linda and Jim's and peeled the skins. Then we packed them for freezing and use at a later time.

Jim and Linda are growers and have produce for sale every week at the Corrales Growers Market. Jim grows beans, tomatoes, eggplant, jalapenos, peppers and about 50 other vegetables.
We spent a few minutes in between rain drops seeing some of the garden and picking some long beans.

Linda had been spending most of the afternoon preparating dinner and appetizers. The appetizers were wheat crackers with a tasty eggplant spread and an assortment of pickled garlic. Later she served a fantastic dinner of tomatila soup, chicken with pesta over pasta, green beans, and it was finished off with Jim's apple crunch dessert. It was great!
Jim and Linda have been very active in their community over the last 12 years since they moved to Corrales. Jim is currently on the village council and we enjoyed hearing about some of the projects the village is getting done.

That is about it for now -- thanks for stopping by the Roadrunner Chronicles.

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