The Arts, Food, and Culture (163)

Sunday, 29 July 2012 21:06

The Precursor to Spanish Market

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This photograph is of the Native Market on West Palace Avenue, a sales outlet for Hispanic craft artists.  Seated in the foreground are Dolores Montoya Perrault and Sheldon Parsons, painter and first director of the Museum of Fine Art.

Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst, 1935

From the Curtin-Paloheimo Collection, Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe NM

Saturday, 28 July 2012 21:47

Apricot Season in Santa Fe

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The last two weeks I have been helping firends and family with overwhelming apricot harvests.  The streets of Santa Fe have golden bites of ambrosia scattered everywhere.  The frosts gets most apricots but some years like this they slip by the cold , and with the dry spring they are small and the flavor intensified.   We have been shaking apricots out of branches dodging apricot hail, accidentally kneeling in apricot mush,  sharing with the ants and birds, climbing ladders, making jam , cobbler, freezing apricots and eating them !! . When I was excuetive chef at Family Circle magazine in NYC, I always had a bowl of fresh fruit available, the first day I put apricots in it no one knew what they were. I was astonished!!  O a childhood without walking the streets in July eating fresh picked apricot , several from each tree you pass, inconceivable.


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