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Food on the Hill: Cooking for Valentine's Day

on February 5, 2013 - 10:46am

This week's recipe: 

Cherry Chocolate Cake

For Valentine’s Day (next two weeks) I am going to have recipes in that ANYONE can cook. I feel it is very important that you show the people that you love (Sweethearts, Family, and Friends) that you think they are important. Surprise your loved ones with a great dinner.

 

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Ingrediants...

Cake

  • Devil’s food cake mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 pound 5 oz cherry pie filling (strawberry can also be used)

Frosting

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 5 Tablespoons butter

  • 6 - 7 oz chocolate chips

Cake

Photo by Sue

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

on January 27, 2013 - 10:33am

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number

New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

on January 25, 2013 - 11:28am

Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.

Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo

She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.

Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a

Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about

YMCA Offering Endurance Training for Cyclists

on January 9, 2013 - 9:39am

FAMILY YMCA News:

Are you looking for some training guidance for an upcoming cycling event or do you just want to work on your own cycling endurance?   

The Family YMCA is offering an Endurance Training for Cyclists Class. Each class will have a 2-hour riding component and a 1/2 hour of core conditioning. 

In addition, the following topics will be discussed: 

  • Proper bike fit;
  • Clothing and equipment;
  • Nutrition and hydration,
  • Aches and pains-preventing them and what to do if you have them;
  • Weekly training recommendations; and
  • How to design your own training plan.

Classes begin Jan.

Your 2013 Resolution Roadmap

on January 8, 2013 - 9:25am

Photo: Ron Helman

By Mandy Marksteiner

This Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, master life coach Ron Helman will present a talk and hands-on workshop called The Power of NO/W at Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

The Power of NO/W is for people who want to clarify, prioritize and achieve their most important goals. You will discover when NO is a BIG YES!

The workshop is free. Participants will have the opportunity to receive group and private coaching at a reduced rate.

“In the workshop, we’ll create a strategy that will get you from where you are to where you

Mesa Elite Fitness Brings CrossFit to Los Alamos

on January 6, 2013 - 11:23am

Fitness experts John and Suzanne Wilcox own Mesa Elite Fitness and CrossFit Los Alamos in Central Park Square and are opening an auxiliary fitness facility on DP Road later this month to accommodate their growing roster of clients. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Suzanne Wilcox is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

John and Suzanne Wilcox are in the true sense a Los Alamos power couple. She is an award winning bodybuilder and figure competitor and he is a group fitness coordinator and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Family Council Continues Year-Long Community Wellness Campaign

on December 13, 2012 - 8:04am

Dr. Tyler Taylor presented a physical wellness seminar Wednesday at Trinity on the Hill Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members attend a physical wellness seminar by Dr. Tyler Taylor sponsored by the Los Alamos Family Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Take self-improvement slow and steady. Don't beat yourself up. Incorporate a couple of healthy habits into your life each month. For 30 days walk more and eat a piece of fruit ... these are just some of the physical wellness suggestions that Dr.

Holiday Farmers Markets Coming to Fuller Lodge

on December 11, 2012 - 6:08am

FARMERS MARKET News:
The holidays are coming and so are the Los Alamos Holiday Farmers Markets - Thursdays, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Fuller Lodge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Plan to attend the markets for those special gifts and foods to make the season bright.

Foods: Soup mixes, fudge, beans, salsa, cookies, tea breads, sticky buns, coffee cakes, breads, stolen, pizza, red chile powder, jams, jellies, honey and honey sticks, apples, apple cider, green chile powder, pinon nuts, tamales, dip mixes, chile pods, winter squash, vinegars, ginger snap cookies, hand-tossed breads with fruits

Column: I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course

on December 9, 2012 - 10:39am
I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course. Par 4, No Bogeys ... Life with Cancer
By Kay Kerbyson

What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?

When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?”

Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything.

Community Invited to Physical Wellness Seminar

on December 6, 2012 - 12:20pm

Local Businesses Light Up The Holidays

on December 5, 2012 - 8:42am

A Los Alamos landmark and annual tradition, Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr., lights up Tuesday night's sky with its tall rooftop Christmas tree created out of white bulbs and capped off with a shining star. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Lights decorate the trees and posts in front of Ruby K's Bagel Cafe, 1789 Central Ave., and line the windows adorned with Christmas scenes Tuesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

M-Test Demonstration at Khalsa Acupuncture Oct. 23

on October 20, 2012 - 9:58am

Los Alamos Home Tour Showcases Eight Residences

on September 20, 2012 - 7:20am

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Eight Los Alamos families are working hard to prepare for Los Alamos Home Tour 2012. The families will open their homes to visitors 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. 

The event will benefit the Family Strengths Network (FSN.) Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased CB FOX, Otowi Station, Los Alamos Medical Center Gift Shop and the Reel Deal Theater.

On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at 9 a.m. in front of Ruby K’s for $25.

Homes on the tour include new homes, remodeled homes and a historic home on Bathtub Row.

“The idea of the Home Tour

What’s at Thursday's Farmers Market...

on September 4, 2012 - 8:06am

This week Matt Romero will sell bushel’s of Green Chile ... medium hot only. Courtesy/LAFM

FARMERS MARKET News:

Los Alamos Farmers Market is set for 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Mesa Public Library parking lot at Central Avenue and Bathtub Row.

What’s at market:
Zuchunni, beets, celery, onions, tomatoes of every variety and color, cucumbers, garlic, kale, potatoes, bell peppers, fennel, pumpkins, Pabalnos, Big Jim chiles, Joe parker chiles, alcalde improved, Yellow hots, Jalapenos, green onions, Salad mixes, heads of butter lettuces, carrots of every color, Shishitos peppers,

Food on the Hill: Grilled Salmon

on August 14, 2012 - 10:22am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Grilled salmon

Fish seasoning:

  • Equal parts of -- No Salt Cajun Seasoning
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • -- 1/2 part of Mesquite seasoning
  • Salmon Filets with skin on
  • Spray butter
  • Seasoning (above)

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

 

** If you need to freeze the uncooked fish filets, put them in a plastic zip bag and put in a little water and a tablespoon or two of lemon juice. Zip the bag with all of the air out and do not freeze for more than one month.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Check fish

'Food on the Hill': Congo Bars

on August 7, 2012 - 6:58am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
 
This week's recipe...
 
Congo Bars:
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
  • 2/3 cup butter(softened)
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6oz chocolate chips
  • 6 oz butterscotch chips
  • 3 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sweetened coconut
Congo Bars:
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add brown sugar, butter, and cream together.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Add eggs, and morsels, mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Spread into a well greased pan, you can

'Food on the Hill': Smoky Cheese Fondue

on July 31, 2012 - 6:36am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Smoky Cheese Fondue

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (12 oz) beer, NOT all at once (I like the dark beer)
  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard
  • 4-5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack (shredded)
  • 1 1/2 cup smoked gouda cheese or smoked cheddar (shredded)
  • paprika on top
  • bread cubes for dipping
 
Directions:
 

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
Fry onions in olive oil for 1 minute then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
 
Mix in

'Food on the Hill': Italian Parmesan Cheese and Herb Bread

on July 24, 2012 - 7:18am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

 
This week's recipe...
 
Italian Parmesan Cheese and Herb Bread
 
 
1¼ cup warm water ** see note about water in recipe
1Package of dried active yeast
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3 Cups of bread flour (I use King Arthur)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dry milk powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of softened butter
4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese (Kraft is fine)
1 teaspoons dried chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons dried marjoram
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
Small amount of olive oil for pan

Food on the Hill: Bruschettas

on July 17, 2012 - 6:35am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
 
This Week's Recipe...
 
Bruschettas
 
 
To make the base for all of these I use the sourdough baguette bread you get at Smith’s. Cut them at a diagonal and butter one side. Arrange them butter side down in a non stick fry pan. Have a sauce pan about the same size as the bottom of the fry pan and fill it with about 2 inches of water. You need the water to add weight to the pan. Put the sauce pan on the top of the bread and the weight will press the bread into the fry pan making a beautiful crust on the bread. Cook until golden.

Economic Vitality Administrator Meets with Housing Board

on July 10, 2012 - 10:46pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher met with the Los Alamos Housing Partnership Board in White Rock Tuesday to introduce himself and find out ways in which the County might collaborate with LAHP to develop affordable housing locally. LAHP developed the successful Pinon Trails affordable housing project in White Rock several years ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Food on the Hill: Cherry Crisp

on July 10, 2012 - 7:14am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

 
This week's recipe...
 
Cherry Crisp
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
10-inch tart pan or large pie plate
 
Filling:
8 cups cherries, washed and pitted and halved
½ cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon mace or nutmeg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
 
 
Topping:
1 1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
butter - for dotting the top
 
Filling:
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Mix ½ cup of sugar into the cherries and let sit ½ hour.

Food on the Hill: Island Flank Steak

on July 6, 2012 - 10:09am
 
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
 
 
This week's recipe...
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Island Flank Steak
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pound flank steak
  • 1 cup Teriyaki marinade
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup mango juice (found in fresh juice area)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, pressed
  • black pepper
  • Reserve 3/4 cup of mix for basting during cooking.
 
Mix all marinate ingredients together.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Score flank steak lightly in a crisscross pattern on both sides.
 

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