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Beans and Beef

October 29, 2010
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After a slight misfire on Tuesday, we made a trip to pick up our 1/2 a beef yesterday. We also got a lamb. Our freezer is nearly full and I’m looking for a good pressure cooker. We had tried to make the trip on Tuesday, but we hadn’t accounted for the butcher’s early closing hours, 3 p.m., the 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Mountainair or Hannah’s not feeling very well with a headache and a stomach ache. We did go to Schwechbach Farms in Moriarty and got some nice veggies and bolita beans. These beans are considered to be sweeter, richer tasting and easier on the stomach than the pinto bean. The bolita bean is believed to have been cultivated and developed by the Spanish who settled in northern New Mexico.  Bolitas cook faster, and taste excellent.  I made New England baked beans with them and I think that they’ll be a great substitute for the Maine “yellow eye” beans that I usually like to use.

Our drive to Mountainair Meat Processing took about an hour. The country between Edgewood and Mountainair is pretty desolate, lots of brown, brown, brown, some tumble weeds and more brown. That’s the high desert I guess. We stopped and looked at a thrift store, got a snack at the local market and then went to find the butcher. When we found the place they were closed for lunch and so we went and got a burger at the famous Shaffer Hotel. While we were there, we discovered a convertible parked out front with Maine license plates. The car’s owners were from Deer Isle, but their primary residence has been New Mexico for 15 years. Small world.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ksb08 permalink
    October 31, 2010 1:10 am

    Love the pictures… reminds me of our brief stay in NM…

  2. Mom lane permalink
    November 1, 2010 1:03 pm

    I love colors of the southwest. I really loved that convertible! And the picture of Chris and the Indian…it has been rumored that there is Indian blood in the Harvey clan. Sure looked like it to me!

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