Santa Fe Style

Walking after dinner is a pleasure here in Santa Fe. The light is magic. The adobe walls throb with the heat of the day [you cannot resist raising your palms to it]. Solar power.

In less than two weeks we'll be moving north. Out of the city. Into the country. A place - once a pueblo- called Abiquiu. A tiny village. We'll have llamas and horses for neighbors. And two sour cherry trees and an apple tree to frame our view of the distant bluish hills beyond the Chama River. I'm itching to be there now. To breathe the sense of peace I feel when I turn down the county road and drive along the bosque, green with old cottonwoods.

We've picked out a carved Mexican bed two roperos (there are no closets!), and a couple of tables - a kitchen table carved from New Mexican juniper, and a beat up old wooden table with worn blue paint, perfect for a desk Two generous leather chairs. Some pottery made by local hands. A few mismatched dishes in violet, deep red, green and turquoise. Mexican glasses in various shades of green, blue and teal. 

I still can't decide on a KitchenAid color [or if I'll even need a standing mixer here at high altitude - baking here will prove a double challenge - gluten-free + high altitude = potential for baking disasters].

Any tips on baking gluten-free in the high desert are welcome.


Orchidea said...

Beautiful picture and beautiful light... are you living in Santa Fe... nice.

Fran said...

Love Santa Fe. I am sure you will master the baking. Beautiful photo.

Jennifer said...

What a great photo...and I love the description of the magic light. Your simple, lovely new life sounds peaceful and calm and full of vibrant colors. Who needs to bake when you can eat guacamole all day? But, if you do decide you need a mixer, I like the orange one :)

KAnn said...

Oh, I bake in Santa Fe all the time! You'll get the hang of it!

Natalia said...

I'm in Colorado so high-altitude baking is a way of life for me. I usually decrease the leavening and the sugar a bit. Sometimes I add a couple of extra tablespoons of flour. And increasing the oven temperature while decreasing baking time helps too. You get used to the changes and I'm sure you're baking will be as good as ever!

reginae said...

Your beautiful, poetic writing makes me homesick for the West and for that breathtaking Mexican charm.

I'm very happy for you.

michelle said...

Gorgeous descriptions, and I love the picture! I love this living vicariously through this adventure of yours - the thought of your beautiful new furniture (and I'm not sure why, but especially your worn table with blue paint!) and the warm, embracing weather. I'm originally from the desert in Colorado, and "from our kitchen" has great advice - you'll learn quickly what works and what doesn't - and I'm sure anything that comes from your kitchen will be fabulous!

Kathy said...

High altitude cooking? I'm still struggling with normal altitude cooking! :)

Santa Fe looks lovely. I can't wait to visit there someday.

Marilyn said...

I am going to LOVE visiting your blog. We have a tiny piece of land outside Tres Piedras...haven't seen it in person yet. LOVE that area. (My mother lived briefly in Santa Fe.)

Chris said...

Abiquiu is in a gorgeous area - I went to a knitting retreat there a few years ago. I'll be traveling through Taos/Sante Fe/Albuquerque in a few weeks ago and am looking forward to the amazing light.

rowena said...

I can just feel the warmth from that photo. It'll be lovely to "visit" Santa Fe through your blog and creations in the kitchen!

k a r i n a said...

Thanks, Orchidea and Fran!

Hey Jennifer! I *am* leaning toward an orange/tangerine one...

KAnn ~ You do? Cool.

Natalia ~ Thanks for the tips! So far the 25 degree higher temp. with shorter cooking time has been the ticket.

Reginae ~ I can empathize. Now that I'm here I really can't imagine leaving.

Thanks, Michelle! Colorado is beautiful, too. We lived there for almost four years in the nineties.

Kathy ~ LOL! Thanks for the smile.

Hi Marilyn ~ You'll have to visit NM soon then.

Hey Chris ~ Abiquiu is breathtakingly beautiful. We love to drive up there; our original deal there fell thru [so we are somewhere else now]. Enjoy your fall trip!

Hey Rowena ~ You are too sweet. So good to see you!


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