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Day of the Dead Bread and Chocolate

In The Lost Recipe for Happiness, by Barbara O’Neal, chef Elena Alvarez has good reasons to celebrate The Day of the Dead with great gusto. Here are two recipes, one for Mayan Hot Chocolate, and one for Pan de Muerto.

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October 31, 2009

The heady alchemy of baking bread

It’s a cold winter afternoon, the kind when winter blisters past the windows, turning everything blue. Inside, I am kneading bread. Not in a bread machine but with my own palms and wrists. The dough is whole wheat, heavy and thick, and it takes muscle to punch it down, to knead and fold and press, then turn it, fold it, press it again. Over and over. For such a glutinous dough, it will take ten minutes to break it down, then a couple of hours to rise and lighten, another round of kneading before I nestle it into glass bread pans to rise one more time.

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May 21, 2009

Six printings!

To my astonishment and delight, THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS has now gone to six printings! It has also been featured with a cluster of other dog books in Barnes and Noble, to my delight. (Including a writer I love very much, Patricia Gaffney.) I’m finishing up the next book, working title 100 Breakfasts. Look […]

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April 13, 2009

How to roast chiles

Readers of The Lost Recipe for Happiness who live outside the southwestern US might not know how to roast chiles. A simple recipe to roast a small batch, along with a link to a good recipe for green chile stew.

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March 12, 2009

Contest winners

I’ve drawn two names in my highly scientific fashion: by asking Christopher Robin to choose two numbers.    So, Yvonne Erwin #9, and Angela #16, you are the winners of the promised baskets.   Email me with your addresses and I will send them right out!

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January 15, 2009

Contest for readers–Top Ten Food Moments

Contest to celebrate the release of The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal. List your top food memories for a chance to win two elegant gift baskets including a cookbook, chile-infused chocolates, and chile powder from Chimayo, nearby Elena’s hometown of Espanola.

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December 29, 2008