The Matriarchy of Sauces

If hollandaise is the mother sauce of French cuisine, red chili sauce must be the madre of New Mexican food.  When Old World meets New World magic happens- breakfast fit for El Rey! (recipe follows)

Poached eggs in a polenta nest with red chili bearnaise. Mmmmm.

Poached eggs in a polenta nest with red chili bearnaise. Mmmmm.

I am looking forward to the cooking element of our Santa Fe adventure as much as the music!  First thing we will cook will be both red and green chili sauces.  And I’ll be putting recipes and songs and photos together into a book.  I hope you will reserve a seat at the table!

Even if you are not staying with us at the Inn, you can join in- there is a walk-in  option on the registration form, and soon we will open individual workshops to registration. (if you want to be first in line for the open registration I suggest you subscribe to the Ukulele Adventures blog post.)

And everyone is welcome at the public events, including a full-on Flamenco show at El Meson on Wednesday November 4th, and the Smoking Jackets Giant Show at Tiny’s on Friday November 6th.  Or come enjoy hearing the participants play at the Farmer’s market on Saturday morning or at La Choza Saturday night!

Full disclosure- the title of this post is the chapter heading from The Making Of A Cook by Madeleine Kamman.  That’s the book which made me a cook. Everything I know about eggs, cakes and sauces comes from the 1971 edition of this book.  I give it as a high school graduation present to every kid I know, as I think learning to cook a good omlette can save your life.  My copy is held together by tape, nostalgia and love, and I still consult it every time I make crepes.

These two pages can save your life!

The secret to life, the universe and everything

My hollandaise recipe has become somewhat free-form, but you can accomplish something like the sauce shown in the photo above if you try this:

Wisk 3 egg yolks into a cup of cold, good NM red chili sauce, add a little lemon zest and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Over a medium flame wisk constantly.  Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of COLD butter.  The butter will melt as the chili and eggs come to temperature and you will have a no-fuss emulsified sauce. Pour over poached eggs nestled onto an english muffin or polenta or spinach…to make a NM Benedict.  Or serve with fish or asparagus.

Just be sure to make enough for me, because once I hear you are making it I may show up on your doorstep- Or- join us in Santa Fe and I’ll make it for you!

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Downtown Ukulele Events

Fun Ukulele happenings in the next two weeks!

Next weekend- bring your ukulele downtown and Break a World Record at the LA UKULELE EXPO.  All day events including the mass playing down at the Japanese American Cultural Center.  You gots to go if you are in town!

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a very jazzy A7. With butter creme icing, if you please!

Wish we were, but we have some special duties to attend to- We are flying to Santa Fe, NM for the weekend for Daniel’s nephew’s wedding.  My baking protege and I are making the cake.  My pantry is fresh out of chile, so I gotta stock up while I’m there.  Fortunately the rehearsal dinner will be at La Choza-  Red AND Green- Christmas in June!

The following weekend we will be back for  the UKE-along at the Music Center, also downtown Los Angeles.  Daniel and I are joining a cadre of great teachers at this event.  Open to beginner and intermediate players (check the guidelines on the website) you will have a great time in a social atmosphere and be given some high quality materials and first rate instruction!  This is an event like no other.  You have to sign up in advance- hope you do and I look forward to seeing you there!

Big Bunny!

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We had a hoppin’good time at the LA Zoo over the weekend, playing 10 shows in 3 days and hanging with the Big Bunny.  We packed breakfast burritos with green chili and lunch burritos with red chili to share with another New Mexican, Luis Guerra who played the sassy new Ohana bass.  (Can’t wait to take this little powerhouse to the Reno Uke Fest this weekend!)

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Who can resist a  carousel?  Sure wish we had the chance to ride in the Dung Beetle Chariot!

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Magical October

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So many reasons to sing the praises of my favorite month!  The chill, the crunch of leaves (yes, even in LA!) and the smell and taste of CHILI in NM!

This year I am especially excited to have New Mexicans coming to me and then going with them for a weekend of shows in NM! The amazing John Bartlit is flying out for a pair of Sukey Jumps at the incredible Descanso Gardens here in Los Angeles.  We play October 19 and 20th at 11:30 under the oaks for their fall festival.  There will a costume parade and crafts and a garden demonstration- all kinds of cool stuff to check out at one of the loveliest spots in LA.

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While John is here he and Daniel will be playing an evening of Daniel’s beautiful flamenco-inspired world music compositions at the Talking Stick in Venice from 6-8 pm.  They will be joined by some special guests as well, and the free evening promises to sparkle.  The Talking Stick is a vibrant, creative place and a great home to some of the Westside’s most creative musicians.  It is very much like Venice “in the old days”, (except without the crime and drugs).   For those of you who don’t know them, John and Daniel have been playing music together for over 30 years.  They were born less then 12 hours apart at the same (Los Alamos) hospital and are truly brothers.  They are amazing musicians and beautiful men.  Here is a clip of them playing Daniel’s comopsition “Istanbul” together.  If you stick with it you will get the sense of their genius as they transition from sublime to ridiculous.  When you meet John, be sure you compliment him on his tap dancing and choreography!

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The following weekend we meet up in New Mexico and are joined by our favorite people on earth (which I hope will include YOU!)  

I am referring to the artists  sometimes known as the Vespus Marimba Band.  John and Daniel plus Craig McClelland from Door County, WI, Douglas Nottingham from Phoenix, AZ and the lovely Alexix and Hovey Corbin from Albuquerque are coming together for THREE shows, one in Taos (at a brewery, no less!) and two in Albuquerque, plus thew will also be doing a Sukey Jump with ME!  (Ain’t I the luckiest gal on earth?)  I get to join them on a few songs in their shows as well.  And there will be some serious eating of freshly roasted green chili!  Hope this year’s crop is as hot as the music.

Our show Saturday morning at the Outpost will be the official NM Cup Of Tea Release Party, and we have lots to celebrate, as the CD was recorded in NM.  We are hoping every musician on the CD will be able to make it, as well as our stellar engineer, David McCray.  CDs will be available at a special low price, there will be raffles for prizes and a crazy good time.  Bring your uke and play along with some tunes!  Join the party!

VESPUS MARIMBA BAND

Friday,  October  25th,  7pm

TAOS  MESA BREWING CO

http://www.taosmesabrewing.com/calendar.php

20  ABC  Mesa  Rd,  Taos,  NM   8757   $15

Saturday, October 26th 7  PM

 ALBUQUERQUE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL  LIVING

http://www.abqcsl.org/

2801 Louisiana Blvd  NE

Albuquerque,NM 87106 (505)881-­‐4311  $10

Sunday, October  27th,  10:30 AM

SUNDAY  CHATTER

http://www.chatterchamber.org/sunday/

1715  5th  St  NW  in  Albuquerque

$15/ $5 child under  12/ $9 age 30 and under+ full-­‐time students

Cash or  checks,  no  credit   cards

THE SUKEY  JUMP BAND

Saturday,  October 26  11am

THE OUTPOST  PERFORMANCE  SPACE

http://www.outpostspace.org/

210  Yale  Blvd  SE  Albuquerque,  NM 87106

(505) 268-­‐0044

Kids under 2 FREE, Adults $10/kids $5

RIB FEST

we LOVE Oklahoma!

we LOVE Oklahoma!

The BBQ truck we found in Sperry, OK was a revalation!  See that little trailer?  From it emerged the best darn BBQ we had ever had in our LIVES!

Prime Rib day at Buffalo BBQ

Prime Rib day at Buffalo BBQ

It is definitly easier to play a great show on a full stomache.  Like this one at the Downtown Tulsa Library…

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After 6 shows in 3 days we trucked into Kansas City.  The canjo has become everyone’s favorite instrument.  It is being worked into the set big time!

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Once we got to KC we  had an early morning of breakfast in the room and then we visited the local morning news show, did a show at the Children’s Museum, and Jammed at Jiggle Jam, the biggest Kid’s Music fest around!

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And of COURSE we had to try world-famous KC BBQ!  I’d be hard pressed to pick a winner…

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GOOOOOOD EATIN!

We were thrilled to play with some great old friends like the Sugar Free AllStars and Brandon Draper as well as jam with new friends like the Okie Dokie Brothers and KC artists, Jim Cosgrove and Dino O’Dell.

loading in- tuba, 3 ukes, cajon, percussion tuba, coronet, bass, electric guitar and CANJO!

loading in- tuba, 3 ukes, cajon, percussion tuba, coronet, bass, electric guitar and CANJO!

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Eeintsy-weeintsy spiders with the the SFA

Boy are we BEAT!

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Into the Eye of the Storm

Truckin

Truckin

We are on the road again!

Before we even left LA we had a VERY IMPORTANT errand to run- We picked up my new Dirndl from Cocoe Voci’s studio. I am thrilled to have a new uniform, so beautifully constructed and lovingly designed by my sweet friend.  THANK YOU, Cocoe!

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Our first stops in NM were fun and chili filled.  Great start in Gallup, NM with a school show and uke workshop at Nizhoi Music, the studio of our  lovely hostess, Antoinette Neff.

 Then on to Albuquerque where we had the BEST DAY EVER!  First, we finished mastering MY CUP OF TEA.  Celebration dinner at Cervantes (hotttest red chili in the Q) and then on to the new Star Trek movie!  Woo HOO!

We brought music to the ACSL family and then on to Santa Fe, where we enjoyed making music for a private party.  The night started with John and Daniel playing flamenco and ended with leading a campfire style sing along.  

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The next morning we took the OhanaMobile to Jeff at Lucky Saab, where we did a ghetto fix on the AC with bread ties and zip ties.

Master mechanic and apprentice

Master mechanic and apprentice

We were tipped off to the storms blowing in and delayed our departure.  We were driving straight towards Oklahoma City as the storms ripped through Moore. The skies were ominous and filled with fear and pain.  We sang the song “Little Birdie” as a prayer for the people in the path, and are going to share that song in our Kickstarter update this week.

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We arrived in Tulsa with heavy hearts at 2 am, but the children who greeted us the next morning at Connors Cove were as audatious and ebulent as children ever are.  We had two bopping shows and look forward to 4 more shows at 4 other libraries in the next two days before we ship off for Kansas City.

We are telling everyone we meet about the new CD and the Kickstarter campaign which has two more weeks to go.  We are getting close to our goal and hope to exceed it handsomly so we can both pay musicians and move forward with PR for the album.  If you have not had a chance please pledge now!  Click here (MY CUP OF TEA) to go to the page where you will be able to hear songs, see art, read about the process and become part of the fun! 

Green Chili: The Final Frontier

Frontieer green on an In-N-Out double-double.  That's livin'!

Frontieer green on an In-N-Out double-double. That’s livin’!

You know your friends love you when they bring you the XL tub of roasted frozen green chili from the Frontieer!  John flew in for the show at McCabes Sunday morning with 56 oz. of love packed in his suitcase. And a special treat for my girls- Cow Patties!

The final Frontier Rolls, aka "Cow Patties"!

The final Frontier Rolls, aka “Cow Patties”!

Our hero, Richard Fultineer had drums to loan John for the show!  Thank you Richard!!!  He needed to drop them off at 9 am, which is  before McCabes opens and right when John’s plane was arriving.  I dropped Daniel off with coffee, a cajon to sit on and his coronet, so he could practice his licks while awaiting hand-off .  Revilee for the neighborhood.

Alley Cat

Alley Cat

We had a great show, and are happy to report that the Kickstarter campaign is now in full swing!  You can pre-order the CD or book us for a kid’s party with your pledge… even download a single song!  Check it out HERE!  I am touched by the first donors who have jumped in.  So many folks from the Kindie world are showing support, and it means the world to me.  Every  pledge brings me a smile of gratitude and gets us that much closer to getting this baby pressed.

We had some crazy rehearsals for the tour (FYI- the canjo will be in heavy rotation this spring) and ate through the whole tub of chili in under 4 days.  We visited preschools, saw the ocean, walked the Venice canals, visited LACMA, drank beer and cooked amazing meals.  Now I can’t wait till the tour starts in 2 weeks!

But first I will be taking a detour up to Northern Cal for the West Coast Ukulele retreat, teaching and playing for a week at Asilomar State Beach.  Lots of work, but also kind of a vacation.

I’ll tell you all about it, stay tuned.