ROWLEY FARMHOUSE ALES



1405 Maclovia St., Santa Fe (505) 428-0719; rowleyfarmhouse.com

Chef and co-owner Jeffrey Kaplan calls Rowley’s a “gastropub featuring farm-to-table comfort food.” A restaurant veteran of  25 years, he’s worked in California and Oregon with big names like Wolfgang Puck, Mark Peel, and Nancy Silverton. “Our three most popular dishes are our clam chowder, BLT, and Korean chicken wings,” he says. “People also seem to love these spicy warm nuts—with the bacon, brown sugar, and red chile, they are spicy, sweet, and sinful.”



Spicy Nuts

Makes about 10 appetizer servings




  • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and chopped

  • 1/4 pound pecans

  • 1/4 pound cashews

  • 1/4 pound almonds

  • 1/4 pound peanuts

  • 2 ounces brown sugar

  • 1 ounce water

  • 1 ounce red chile powder




  1. Mix bacon and all of the nuts in a large bowl.

  2. Melt sugar with water. Add nuts and stir. Mix chile powder into the blend.

  3. Spread mixture onto parchment-lined sheet pans. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.



 



EL NIDO



1577 Bishop’s Lodge Road, Tesuque (505) 954-1272; elnidosantafe.com

Chef Enrique Guerrero’s reopening of this beloved restaurant in 2016 delighted northern New Mexico diners. Featuring everything from elegant seafood and steak entrées to pizza and pasta, it focuses its flavors on “classic northern Italian cooking—with intelligent innovation,” he says. Early favorites have been Pasta del Torchio with house-made sausage, Branzino alla Grilla, and this recipe for Tagliata di Manzo. Cooks can easily substitute turkey, chicken, beef, pork, or duck for the oxtails. One thing they can’t leave out: the love. “Please cook from your heart,” Guerrero says. “Never cook when in a bad mood—and try to cook for someone that you love.”



Tagliata di Manzo

Serves 4




  • 3 pounds oxtails, chopped into 1- to 2-inch chunks (ask your butcher to do this)

  • 1/2 cup shallots, diced

  • 2 medium leeks, white parts only 2 celery stalks

  • 4 medium carrots

  • A few sprigs fresh thyme

  • A few sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 4 fresh bay leaves

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 heaped tablespoons flour

  • 28 ounces canned plum tomatoes

  • 4 cups red Italian wine, optional

  • 8 cups organic beef stock, optional

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste




  1. Preheat a large roasting pan in a 450° oven.

  2. Carefully remove the hot tray from the oven, then add the oxtails. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, toss, and place in the oven for around 20 minutes, or until golden and caramelized.

  3. Meanwhile, trim and halve leeks and celery lengthwise, then chop into rough - to 1-inch chunks. Peel and chop carrots into similarly sized pieces. Place vegetables in a large ovenproof casserole pan over medium-low heat with 2 tablespoon of olive oil.

  4. Pick leaves from the thyme and rosemary, roughly chop, and add to the mixture. Add shallots and bay leaves. Cook for around 20 minutes, or until soft and sweet, stirring frequently.

  5. Remove oxtails from the oven and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°.

  6. Add cloves and flour to the vegetables, stirring well to combine, then pour in tomatoes and wine (if using). Add oxtails and any roasting juices, cover with beef stock (or 8 cups water), and stir well.

  7. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil, then pop on the lid. Place in oven for around 5 hours, or until meat falls away from the bone, stirring every hour or so. Add a splash of water, if needed.

  8. Remove pan from the oven and cool for about 10 minutes. Using rubber gloves, strip meat from the bones and return to the pan, discarding the bones. Season to taste and enjoy with a vegetable like steamed rapini or spinach, plus creamy polenta, pasta, or garlicky mashed potatoes. (Or, perhaps, the Corn Maiden’s potato dish that follows.)



 



CORN MAIDEN AT THE HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA



1300 Tuyuna Trail, Bernalillo (505) 867-1234; nmmag.us/CornMaiden

Within its upscale, clubby atmosphere, the Corn Maiden seeks out local ingredients—some raised on-site at Santa Ana Pueblo—for its New American cuisine. Chef Ernesto Duran, a Las Vegas, New Mexico, native, says customers’ favorite mains are classic proteins: New Mexico filet, pan-seared scallops, and rack of lamb. But, oh, those sides! Tucumcari cheddar risotto, tomato bacon jam, charred cherry heirloom tomatoes, braised fennel, and these popular potatoes. “While nearly everything else around it changes, these potatoes are the Corn Maiden’s one constant,” he says.



Hatch Green Chile Au Gratin Potatoes

Serves 4




  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes

  • 1 pint heavy cream

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan

  • 15 ounces (1 1/2 cups) chopped green chile

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper to taste




  1. Wash potatoes and cut into -inch slices using a mandolin or knife.

  2. Place potatoes in a 12-inch cast iron skillet.

  3. Mix together heavy cream, Parmesan, green chile, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Pour mixture over potatoes, cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven at 325° for 2 hours until potatoes are golden brown and tender. Remove from oven and serve.



 



BURGERS, BROWNIES & BEER OH MY!



619 N. Bullard St., Silver City (575) 597-6469; ohmy.restaurant

Follow the Wizard of Oz’ish yellow path to the counter, order up a hamburger (the Cowboy, Greek Lamb, and Silver City Chorizo are customer faves), then settle into a window seat for some prime people watching on downtown’s busiest street. Chef Shevek Barnhart earned his knives at the Culinary Institute of America plus 10 restaurants across the Mediterranean region. (Albuquerqueans may remember him from Dietz Farm Gourmet.) His staff promotes this carrot cake as the “best on the face of the planet”—rich, moist, and full of fruit and nuts. Key tip: Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly before adding any wet ingredients.



Carrot Cake

Makes one 10-inch cake




  • 3 packed cups grated carrot

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup raisins or currants

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch coriander, ground

  • 4 eggs, well beaten

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • Frosting (recipe follows) 



1. Oil a 10-inch cake pan with pan spray, then dust with flour. 2. Thoroughly mix dry ingredients in a bowl. 3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and oil together. Add to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly, by hand. 4. Pour into cake pan. Put pan on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 1 hour at 350°. 5. Spin cake front to back and bake approximately 15 minutes more. A toothpick will come out clean, and the sides of the cake will have begun to pull away from the pan. 6. Let cool on a wire rack. Run a knife around the pan’s edge when the cake is cool enough to handle. Put a plate large enough to cover the pan upside down on top of cake. Turn plate and pan over, holding them tightly together. Lightly tap them both on a counter or table, all around the edges. Cake will detach from the pan to sit on the plate. Refrigerate until ready to frost.



For the Frosting




  • 2/3 cup butter, unsalted, softened

  • 15 ounces cream cheese or Neufchâtel, softened

  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons 2 percent milk

  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 pinches nutmeg




  1. Beat cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

  2. Add all other ingredients and beat until smooth. Refrigerate if you are not immediately icing the cake.

  3. Cut the cake in half with a long serrated knife to make 2 layers. Place bottom layer on the plate or stand you will be serving it on. If you refrigerated the icing, beat it for a minute or longer to make it easier to spread.

  4. Spread a nice, but not too thick, layer of icing on the bottom layer. Put the second layer on the first. Ice the top of the cake and the sides with the rest of the icing.

  5. Refrigerate leftovers (if any!).