Santa Fe: The Art of Eating Well

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Santa Fe has a reputation as an art town, and creating a good dish is also an art on its own. From Italian to Asian, French and Middle Eastern, a walk around the city will take you through a little tour around the world. In New Mexico, Santa Fe holds more restaurants per capita than many major cities… there’s food here even for picky eaters!

Although here are plenty of choices, many of them display the signature Southwestern flavor, a combination of Spanish, Mexican, Cowboy and Native American food. All of those groups came together at one point in that area of the country, and today we get to enjoy the scrumptious combination of flavors in New Mexican chile, an exquisite take on a traditional dish.

Here, chili is truly spicy and full of flavor. And when it comes to sauces, either green or red sauce have the right amount of heat to make any dish of enchiladas or chiles rellenos one of the most delicious things you’ve ever tasted.

Try it at home

Certainly, when you are renting a vacation home in Santa Fe or when you are the renter, you want the kitchen to be spotless, and the pots and pans to be sparkly and clean! So, what happens when you try to make any of these or other traditional southwestern dish and the pots or pans end up a bit burned, stained or perhaps with leftover food stuck on or baked on?

First, you become resourceful and try Ana Valenzuela Home Cleaning Services. We take care of all the details you can think of, and the ones you can’t even imagine are necessary. The goal is to have a clean, welcoming rental home in Santa Fe.

Now, when you made a mess in the kitchen and want to see your pots and pans clean and shiny again, keep in mind these easy tricks that can be done with common, every day household items:

A strong scrubber: crunch aluminum foil into a ball and use it to scrub stuck cheese and other food off your pots.

Add to the dishwasher: Make your dishwasher soap even stronger by adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the recommended amount of soap.

Powerful concoction for stainless steel pans: Pour about 1 cup of water (depending on the size of the pan) and add 1 cup of vinegar. Put the pan on the stove and let it boil. Then, remove the pan from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. The liquid will fizz a little and that means it’s working! Let it soak for a while, empty the liquid and scrub any food that’s still stuck. It probably won’t be much anyway.

Cast iron needs soda: Cast iron skillets can be hard to clean, but something as simple as club soda can make things easier for all. Just pour some over the skillet once it’s still hot and the leftover contents will start to come off easily.

Shiny objects in the kitchen: Bring the sparkle and shiny back to all the aluminum pots in your kitchen with cream of tartar. All you have to is dissolve two tablespoons into about a litter of water. Pour some of it into the pot or pan and let it boil for 8 to 10 min.

Good for clothes and casseroles: Fabric softener in the kitchen? Just add water to the casserole together with a shot of liquid fabric softener. Let it soak for 45 min to an hour or until you check and the residue wipes away easily.


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