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The Land of Enchantment is enchanted with chiles! New Mexico’s official state question -- “red or green?” -- refers to the choice of chile sauce offered at New Mexico restaurants. In New Mexico, chiles are found fresh, frozen, dried, and canned; New Mexicans enjoy them in egg burritos for breakfast, and in breads, casseroles, stews, even steeped in beer. No doubt about it, New Mexico is a prime place for Southwest Cuisine. The evolution of New Mexico’s cuisine began early, when Spanish explorers first encountered Pueblo Indians in the 16th century, tending fields of beans, squash, and corn of various colors. The Spanish introduced chiles and beef into the mix. And the cuisine progressed from there. Green chile stew and rellenos casserole are stand-out examples of New Mexican-style Southwest cuisine. The state vegetables are chiles and frijoles. The official state fish is the cutthroat trout. And the state cookie is the bizcochito, an aniseed-flavored cookie. Ranching has been an important part of the New Mexico economy since the railroads were first laid down in the 1880s.
 

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Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Reviewed on Aug. 4, 2015 by eireann_nm   view full review
Wonderful!! I will double the sauce next time. Remember to use a good quality balsamic

Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs

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Very tasty. This is a keeper for us. We are it so fast I forgot to take a picture.

Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style

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I love spinach/artichoke dip. I am only giving it 4 stars though as the Alfredo sauce seemed...

 
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