Monday, January 11, 2010

a Couple of Pictures (and a Recipe)

When we spent our day in downtown Albuquerque, I took quite a few photos of the area. Everyone always goes to Old Town, but I really like the regular downtown area a lot. A wonderful mix of older buildings combined with an open ambiance makes it a swell place to spend the afternoon.

I liked the symmetry
of this fire escape.

There are many such signs
lining old Route 66

Lots of small alleys
holding hidden treasures

The jewel of downtown Albuquerque
the Kimo Theater

The detail on this old beauty
is something to behold

They really knew how to do it
in 1927

Such detail

Right down to the metal masks

-The Box Office-
This would have been
a better picture
if I would have paid attention
and not cut the bicycle sign in two
Note to self
Pay Attention!

This shapes in this shot
appealed to me

Even the window covers
are beautiful

This building
is right down the street
from the Kimo.
I just can't resist this kind of shot.

Next time you find yourself in Albuquerque, take a bit of time away from Old Town and look around. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I also promised you a recipe, so here goes.

Since we've been in New Mexico I've rediscovered hominy. It's used in many dishes (mainly Posole, a real taste treat).

Not too long ago we attended a potluck and tasted a hominy dish that was the hit of the party. I just this evening reconstructed it, and while I don't have it perfected, it was quite tasty, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Hominy Green Chili Casserole

2 cans white hominy, drained
1 4 oz can diced green chili
(Hatch brand preferred)
8 oz sour cream
2 cups sharp cheddar, grated

Basically you put everything together (reserving a bit of the cheese for the top of the casserole) and put it in a 350 degree oven till set, about thirty minutes.

Now for my suggestions . . .

Next time, I think I'll cut the sour cream in half, substituting either cream cheese or goat cheese. This is somewhat like a Mac and Cheese so I think I'll also add a bit of fresh nutmeg and a healthy hit of red pepper. Maybe some dry yellow mustard and a different selection of cheese might kick it up a bit also. Maybe add something (bread crumbs, crushed chips, whatever) to the top to give it just a bit of texture. The taste is very good, but can be made even better, I'm sure.

If you try it and find something great to add, let me know. While the dish is pretty yummy, there is always room for improvement. We'll definitely have this again and as it progresses I'll keep you posted.


Melinda said...

That blue sky looks so inviting and awesome from the vantage of my pacific northwest winter grey sky. Soak up some sun for me. :)

photowannabe said...

What amazing detail in that building. I think I would have worn out my camera shooting all the images myself.
Hope to visit there some year myself.