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Saladish (& Friday Links)

This cover of Ilene Rosen’s new cookbook makes me want to go make a salad right now! Rosen spent the last two decades as City Bakery’s savory chef, and knows how to get flavors working together, so I’m excited to check out her new book, Saladish, which is organized (no surprise) seasonally, but which also includes party menus that help you turn the recipes into table spreads.

This weekend, we’re celebrating a local holiday—Picnic Day—which is like UC Davis’ open house. It can get a little rowdy downtown in the evening, but the daytime is great for families with bug encounters, cow-milking, frisbee tournaments, doxie derby races, marching bands, and tractor parades… just to name a few things. Every department puts on a show and I’ve been going off and on for twenty years now! It’s also a good time of year to see what’s in bloom at the arboretum.

Have a great weekend!

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Travelogue: New Mexico (Santa Fe to Albuquerque)

In our first four days in New Mexico, we’d covered over 700 miles with stops at Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, and Bandelier National Monument. For the next four, our only home base would be Santa Fe, and we were looking forward to settling in—if not quite slowing down.

I was also, of course, looking forward to seeing Santa Fe for the first time, a city that so many call a favorite. The small city sits among the beautiful foothills of the Sangre de Cristos, and even as you’re walking by galleries and restaurants, you can sense that you’re close to more far-reaching views. You can be out of town in minutes. Within the city limits, you can find history—ancient by our country’s standards—and culture, great restaurants and spas, all in a distinct-looking, walkable core.

Our visit was brief, and a bit off season, but I definitely get the appeal!

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Travelogue: New Mexico (Carlsbad, White Sands, Bandelier & Jemez Springs)

Our plan to visit New Mexico came about in an odd fashion: The idea was to get the cheapest airfare out of of Sacramento to someplace warm—Phoenix, AZ, we devised—and just find a large resort with a good pool to relax, and maybe do some day trips. Next thing I knew, I was drawing up sample maps between places as distant as White Sands, New Mexico, and the Grand Canyon. Wanderlust got the best of us yet again.

As it turned out, most of the places we were most excited to visit were in New Mexico and so, it soon became evident, we should simply concentrate our efforts there. We rearranged our plans to fly into El Paso, Texas, from where we would rent a car and drive north into the “Land of Enchantment”—from Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands in the south, up to Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the north. Alas, the tickets weren’t cheap, and most of our stops in New Mexico were not warm (it even snowed in Santa Fe!)—it was not at all the Spring Break we’d been in search of—but in the end it was all a wonderful surprise. It was, indeed, enchanting.

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