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V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013

Market Report

Blacktop Greens

Scoping out the relocated Uptown Growers’ Market

We check in on the newly relocated market and find plenty of greens on the blacktop.
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V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012


The Daily Word in yard sales, Jeb Bush and Mr. Rogers

The Daily Word

Take the Central bus out of Downtown until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Fatal shooting last night.

Commissioner Wiener says he’s going after the photographer who took the snap of him in a notorious red-light district in the Philippines. (He lost Tuesday’s election bad.)

Why is the weather in Westeros so crazy?

Political reporter Haussamen comes out against LGBT discrimination.

City comes out against unending yard sales.

Republicans in Florida outlaw voting on Sunday to suppress the African-American vote.

Jeb Bush says something nice about President Obama.

And ex-Prez Clinton says nice things about Mitt Romney.

Mr. Rogers remixed.

A forest-themed nightclub in Seattle.

Meat talk.

Flaming Lips post naked pictures of Erykah Badu and her sister, angering Badu.

Parents’ blood and spit can reveal fetus’ DNA.

V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
Fixin’ to grind your own hamburger?
Ari LeVaux


Grind your own damn burger

Even if the weather’s not up for it tonight, you can plan on a dandy weekend for grilling burgers by fridge-defrosting a few of the neglected hunks of meat from the back of your freezer. In this week’s Food section, Ari LeVaux shares his tips on turning top round, sirloin steaks or whatever meaticles you’ve got on hand into awesome homemade patties.

Fixin’ to grind your own hamburger?
Ari LeVaux

Food for Thought

Ground and Browned

Burgers from scratch

Now seems like a good time to point out how easy it is to grind your own burger in the food processor. Grill season is starting, pink slime is everywhere and, for once, wouldn't it be nice to have a burger that isn't basically mystery meat? While most households don't have meat grinders, your old La Machine or Cuisinart can get it done like a champ.

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V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
A tough buck becomes soft and tender after a few hours in the Dutch oven.
Ari LeVaux

Eating In

Braise the Ante

Turning chewy, cheap cuts into lusciously flavorful food

Coffee and red wine are two of my favorite beverages to drink with meat. Given how much braising I do, it was only a matter of time until I tried braising meat in a mixture of coffee and wine. The results are exceptional: a browned, flavorful exterior and spoon-tender, succulent interior.

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V.21 No.2 |


The Daily Word in marijuana lungs, human zoo, Twinkies

The Daily Word

Workplace violence at Albuquerque Parks and Rec.

UNM's chess club is stone cold killin' it.

Marijuana smoking not linked to lung problems.

Taliban says video of marines pissing on dead Taliban members won't affect peace talks.

The biggest polluters in the state.

Human zoo allows tourists to throw food at Jarawa people.

Class conflict is the conflict, say Americans.

Liz Lemon's flashbacks. All of them.

Pittsburgh mayor cops a Tebow.

The maker of Twinkies is filing for bankruptcy. To honor the mighty Twinkie, explore its many alternate uses.

Whiney Beethoven letter discovered.

Oakland Tribune sends a cease-and-desist order to Occupy Oakland Tribune.

Ohio landlord says her pool is whites only because African-American hair products cloud the water.

Sinead O'Connor is not in a good way.

Americans are eating less meat.

They Might Be Giants: "When Will You Die?"

V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
Pickled garlic heads
Sergio Salvador


Ariana Halal Market

More than meats the eye

When I started getting fussy about which meats I’d eat in the line of duty, I knew it might limit the pool of restaurants I could choose from. But I also hoped my quest for clean meat would draw places out of the woodwork that I otherwise would have missed. Ariana Halal Market and Café is one such place.

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V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011
Cattle graze on 4 Daughters land.
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

Heritage Ranch

National program rounds up local cows

Small, natural ranchers in New Mexico face a lot of challenges getting their beef to local consumers. But it turns out, an unlikely solution to our state’s problem is coming from Minnesota.
V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
A trio of grilled romaine hearts are filled with lentil salad in an herby vinaigrette.
Sergio Salvador



Local meats, exotic flavors

Pastoral paintings of thoughtful, grass-chomping cows adorn the red walls of Albuquerque’s brand-new designer burger joint, bRgR. The restaurant’s lineup of burger names could double as the course catalog of a tantric yoga ashram, including (in order of the stages of spiritual growth) the Harmonic, Elation, Euphoria, Jubilation, Ecstasy, Nirvana and, finally, Enlightenment. The beef, which is grass-fed and grain-finished, comes from Heritage Ranch, a national beef company that matches local beef producers with consumers, state by state.
V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011
Meat combo #1 from Yasmine’s
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

Halal in the Duke City

Meat with a higher calling

Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favorites, but I only recently learned about eating halal—the Islamic version of kosher. The word “halal” simply means lawful or allowed. The Islamic laws that govern the preparation of food—especially meat—are nearly identical to the requirements for the best organic products. In accordance with Islamic law, the person taking the animal’s life must invoke the name of God at the time of the slaughter. Animals have to be treated humanely from field to table. Companies that sell halal products are certified. Pork is haram—unlawful.

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V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

A Cut Above

I try a new take on steak and peppers

When it comes to flavor, it’s hard to beat a well-marbled rib eye. But when it comes to cost without sacrificing flavor, I go for the flatiron. It comes from the top of the shoulder and is sometimes called a top blade, top boneless chuck or petite steak. It’s used in steak frites in restaurants, and it’s sometimes hard to find at a standard grocer. When trimmed out by a good butcher, a tough, sinewy membrane down its center is removed to leave a perfect steak for the grill.

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Eggs Benedict is a plateful of good mornin’.
Sergio Salvador


Cafe Green

Fresh ideas in seasonal cuisine

Meat, of all the ingredients a restaurant serves, is arguably the most deserving of care in how it is sourced. Unless, perhaps, the name of the restaurant in question is Cafe Green. At the three-year-old Downtown breakfast and lunch joint, the greens of both the salad and the chile persuasions are local. And some of the meat on the menu is too, if you consider Pueblo, Colo, to be local. (We do.)

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V.20 No.22 | 6/2/2011
Gorgonzola cheese and applewood-smoked bacon beef up the Five Star Burger.
Sergio Salvador


Five Star Burgers

Meat that’s bloody well done

Last week I explained the new direction this review column is taking, including the fact that I’ll no longer be eating or writing about mystery meat. There are many shades of mystery, and this simple-sounding mandate was tested numerous times during my first attempt to follow it at Five Star Burgers—with tasty results.
V.20 No.15 |


The Daily Word 4.15.11: Ides of April

The Daily Word

A man and his pig.

Bosque Farms cop investigated for stealing stuff from the department. Third in a year.

Pollen count.

Tornado kills two in Oklahoma.

Meat contaminated with nasty bacteria.

Indiana House committee passes immigration bill.

World's first 3-D porno movie.

Arizona approves 'Birther' bill.

Brooke Mueller tries to pawn watch and stereo.

Marilyn Manson wants to be in Charles Manson biopic with Lindsay Lohan.

V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
Young sprouts
Ari LeVaux

Food for Thought

Swapping the Love

On food and seed exchanging

Early spring means different things in different places. It's called mud season in some regions. Elsewhere it's the fifth month of winter grief. In warmer climes, winter can be so mild and summer so hot that spring is little more than a fleeting end of tolerable weather. But everywhere that winter is significant enough to interrupt the growing season, early spring has a special meaning among locavores. For cooks, gardeners, hunters and mead-makers alike, it's time for swapping.

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Today's Events

Annual Winter Solstice Concert at First United Methodist Church

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.

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A Night in the '40s: Big Band Swing at New Mexico Veterans Memorial

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