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Very Special Chimichurri

December 12th, 2015

We have a new favorite condiment here at our house, and living at ground zero of the salsa world, that is saying a lot. But although this saucy condiment is new to our family, it isn’t new to the world. From parts way south of the border, like Argentina and Uruguay, the culinary world has received chimichurri, a condiment of mixed veggie matter that is used for preparing and/or dressing grilled meats. Since discovering this culinary delight, we have been using it for everything, because it’s so much more than just another salsa.

chimichurriThe true origin of the strange name isn’t really known, but I like the explanation that the name may come from a Basque term, tximitxurri, (which looks kind of Aztec to me). A loose translation is “a mix of several things in no particular order”. Yup, that’s about it.

People from the Basque region of Spain settled in Argentina and other parts of South America in the 1800s and perhaps brought this recipe with them, or adapted the ingredients from their new homeland into this tasty condiment.

There are basic ingredients in all chimichurri sauces, which includes parsley, garlic, vinegar, and oil, but what makes our new chimichurri recipe so special is that we have made some changes that really make the flavors pop. Like New Mexico’s chili salsas, chimichurri may be red or green, red being the tomato version. I’m not eating too much of tomato products anymore because I’m somewhat allergic. So – green it is. Never be afraid to experiment.

For our version of chimichurri, we went with a flavor infused olive oil and that made a HUGE difference. We have a few different flavors around, and this time we used “Persian Lime” infused olive oil. We used this limey chimichurri on shrimp tacos and the added lime flavor was beyond perfect. But would it be good on fried pork chops? Absolutely. The next night it was awesome on pork chops too.

olive oilAdobe Nido Chimichurri
yield is about 2+ cups – use fresh, not dried ingredients!

1 green jalapeƱo
4 green onions (scallions, use the white and light green parts)
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Lime infused olive oil*
1/2 cup any type of parsley (cilantro may also be used, but I don’t like it much)
1/2 cup Italian oregano
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
a pinch or 2 of red pepper flakes

This can be done without a mini food processor, but that is what works best. Pulse chop the parsley first and then adding all the other coarsely chopped ingredients, spices and liquids. Blend quickly until everything is well mixed and then let sit at least 30 minutes for the flavors to blend.

No food processor? No problem. All the whole ingredients must be very finely chopped, and then add the spices and liquids and whisk together well. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to marry.

After 30 minutes the sauce is ready to use. You may marinate with the chimichurri, or just use it as a condiment on hot to cold foods. It was great on a sandwich too. Enjoy!

* I bought our flavor infused olive oil at the ABQ Olive Oil Company in Corrales. They have two tap rooms in Albuquerque where you can go in and sample any oil or infused balsamic vinegar they sell, and they have quite a few. Plan to spend a little fun time there when you go.

Concerts in Albuquerque Summer 2015

June 3rd, 2015

I am procrastinating. I know I need to be doing some accounting or something, but I don’t want to, so I’ve justified my procrastination by looking up the great music concerts coming to Albuquerque this summer. Some of my favorites will be performing here, so you should check this list of upcoming Albuquerque Concerts, see if you have a favorite, and then plan a trip that will be complete with a stay at Adobe Nido B&B. Most of these concerts are at the largest concert venue in Albuquerque, the Isleta Amphitheater, formerly Mesa del Sol, and before that The Journal Pavilion. It is located south of the Albuquerque Sunport (Airport) and is a fabulous Venue. The Expo NM concert is right in the middle of Albuquerque on the State Fairgounds. Sandia Casino is the last Albuquerque exit of of I-25 that is on the north side of the city. Here’s the line up…

Tim McGrawTim McGraw w/Billy Currington & Chase Bryant
Friday, June 19, 2015 at Isleta Amphitheater

Vans warped tour 2015Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journeys
Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Palisades, blessthefall, Hundredth, Lee Corey Oswald, Trophy Eyes, As It Is, Beautiful Bodies, Crossfaith
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

NickleNickelback w/Lifehouse
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

MayhemSLAYER, King Diamond, HELLYEAH and more!
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Lady AntebellumLady Antebellum w/ Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

SteelySteely Dan w/Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

Darius RuckerDarius Rucker w/Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, and A Thousand Horses
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

J. ColeJ. Cole featuring Big Sean w/ YG, Jeremih, Bas, Cozz and Omen
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

BoysFall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa w/ Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

Dierks BentleyDierks Bentley w/ Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, Canaan Smith
Friday, August 14, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

ModestModest Mouse
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Villa Hispana Pavilion at EXPO NM

 

SublimeSublime with Rome w/Rebelution, Pepper, and Mickey Avalon
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Kelly ClarksonKelly Clarkson w/Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

SlipSLIPKNOT w/ Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White
Sunday, Augusut 30, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Brad PaisleyBrad Paisley w/ Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

Def LeppardDef Leppard w/ Styx and Tesla
Friday, September 25, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Foo FightersFoo Fighters w/ Gary Clark Jr
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

RascalRascal Flatts w/ Scotty McCreery and RaeLynn
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

Zac Brown BandZac Brown Band
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

HozierHozier
Friday, October 9, 2015
Sandia Casino Amphitheater

 

FloridaFlorida Georgia Line w/ Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard
Friday, October 9, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

Jimmy BuffetJimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Isleta Amphitheater

 

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