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The Secret Life of Pie Town, New Mexico

When I first learned that there was an actual place called Pie Town, I had a definite idea of how it should look. My rather intricate vision involved streets paved with cookie crust, street lamps shaped like apples, and churches with meringue spires. What's the truth about this southern New Mexico town? We found out. More

How to Make Juicy Chicken Green Chile Tacos

I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of great chicken tacos I've had in my life, and I'd still have one finger left to point accusingly at all the people who've served me dry, bland, flavorless meat in tortillas past. See, chicken tacos don't have to be dry. Just ask the lady who serves up the incredibly juicy chicken tacos at the El Gallo Giro truck in San Francisco's Mission district, or the slow-roasted pick-it-yourself affair from the Los Potosinos truck in Columbus, OH. Here's how I make mine. More

Six Piñon Sweets We Love in Santa Fe

When you think of regional New Mexico cuisine, you probably think first of fiery foods spiced with red or green chile. But the state has its share of delicious sweets, too, and a flavor that is particularly popular is piñon. Here's a collection of six wonderful piñon indulgences from the City Different. More

Sugar Rush: Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate Donut at Whoo's Donuts, Santa Fe

While all of the crispy-crusted cake donuts are crave-worthy, you'll find a real shining star in the Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate variety. The extreme sweetness of the white chocolate is tempered by a hint of lemon zest and beautifully complemented by the salty pistachio bits. When all of these flavors come together in a bite with the perfect crunch of the craggy donut exterior, giving way to its fluffy but substantial interior, you may experience donut nirvana. More

Chain Reaction: Blake's Lotaburger (and What To Order Besides the Burger)

If you watch Breaking Bad, you may have seen Walter, Hank, and Skylar sitting around a table of white fast food bags, munching on burgers. Those bags come from Blake's Lotaburger, a chain that doesn't exist outside of New Mexico's borders. They're my favorite fast food in this country. And I've written about the burgers before, but it's not only the burgers they do right. More

The Search for America's Best Tacos: Southern Contenders

And we're back with another edition of our March Madness-style tournament of tacos. We traveled thousands of miles to taquerias, taco trucks, corner stores, and carnicerias to find the 64 very best tacos in the country as part of a feature for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine's March issue. Yesterday we told you about the West coast picks; today we're heading to the South for migas and suadero. More

Hangover Helper: Green Chile Breakfast Burrito at Tia Sophia's, Santa Fe

When I asked a Santa Fe-native friend what to eat in New Mexico, his response was immediate and unequivocal: "Tia Sophia's breakfast burrito with egg inside, smothered in green or green and red. This is perhaps my favorite food in the world. Don't miss this." With a recommendation like that, how could I? If there were ever a morning-after stomach-soother, this would be it. More

Daily Slice: Saggios in Albuquerque

In this edition, we enter the uncharted territory of The Land of Enchantment. The first New Mexican slice comes from Saggio's in Albuquerque, a pizza spot across from the University of New Mexico that looks equal parts Roman bathhouse, sports bar, and comic book. (See: fountain; columns; mural in which the Beatles swim in the Rio Grande next to Albert Einstein in front of a 7-Eleven sign.) More

The Nasty Bits: Yak Neck

Yak meat smells like aged beef and tastes a great deal like it too. As you can see, the meat is marbled but not as fatty as pork or beef, and tastes closer to beef than it does to say, venison. The neck bone meat, with its combination of bone, flesh, and tendon, is perfect for stewing. More

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