Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich #recipe—Southern Style

Beloved of Southern folk—a quick, lunch staple

pbbansandw1. Slice then mash 1 banana.

2. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter—this is to taste.

3. Mix—here’s where it varies from Southerner to Southerner.

I add a tablespoon of mayonnaise into the mix. Why? Because that’s how my mother and grandmother made it. My aunt Grace doesn’t add this step. So again, this part is up to you.

4. Spread mixture on bread or just eat as-is off the plate.


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Southern Pecan Pie #Recipe

images23Foolproof Pie Crust—Ingredients:

•4 cups all-purpose flour

•1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening

•1 Tbsp sugar

•2 tsp salt

•1 Tbsp vinegar

•1 egg

•1/2 cup water


1. With a fork, mix first 4 ingredients. In a separate dish, beat remaining ingredients. Combine the 2 mixtures, stirring with a fork till all ingredients are moistened.

2. Mold dough into a ball. Chill at least 15 minutes before rolling into desired shape. Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to 3 days or frozen until ready to use. Divide into 4 dough balls.

3. Roll out one ball for crust of pecan pie.

Pecan Pie—Ingredients:

•1/2 cup melted butter

•1 cup sugar

•1 cup light corn syrup

•4 eggs, beaten

•1 tsp vanilla extract

•1/4 tsp salt

•9-inch unbaked pastry shell

•1 cup pecan halves


1. Spray medium-sized cooking pot with cooking spray. Combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup in pot.

2. Cook on low heat; be sure sugar dissolves. Stir constantly.

3. Cool mixture slightly. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.

4. Pour into pie shell and top with pecan halves. Bake 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

5. Serve warm or cold. Many Southerners top with whipped cream or ice cream.

Yield: 1 pie

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Christmas on the Navajo Rez

My favorite ornaments and nativity sets from the Navajo Reservation


images4Storyteller Dolls


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You may think this could never happen to your child, but . . .

indexWarning Signs for Gang Involvement—3 Minute Must-Watch #Video


imagesimages2This could save your child or grandchild’s life. Gang recruitment and victimization doesn’t just happen in the ‘hood.



What parents can do to prevent gang involvement:



Sights and Sounds of New Mexico from Under a Turquoise Sky

index28Golden cottonwoods


images26Canyon arroyo

images24A bosque—a ribbon of water through a forest

images23A mushroom-shaped hoo doo


images21A fight to the finish

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#Recipe—Green Chile Stew—Under a Turquoise Sky

Green chile stew is a New Mexico classic.images2

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 8


2 pounds of cubed pork

1 pint canned tomatoes

2 cups cubed potatoes

1 1/2 cups diced onion

1 TBSP minced garlic

2 cups roasted, peeled, chopped green chile


1. In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, boil 6 cups of water and meat until done.
2. Add the cubed potatoes and simmer about 30 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add salt to taste.
3. Warm some tortillas to use as a “sop” bread while you eat your stew.images1
New Mexicans are particular about their chiles and will only buy fresh roasted chiles from the markets. If you must buy canned chile, try to procure Hatch’s Whole Green Chiles, available at Walmart and grocery stores especially in the Southwest. Enjoy.
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SPAM Sandwich #recipe with a Southwestern Kick—from Under a Turquoise Sky

And not the stuff that clutters the Internet—

Makes 4 sandwichesindex3

1 (12 ounce) container fully cooked luncheon meat (Spam)

1 1/2 cups salsa

Diced green chiles (Hatch’s)

Favorite loaf bread or tortillas, toasted


  1. Slice the lunch meat into thin slices.
  2. Sandwich SPAM, chiles, and salsa in bread.
  3. If using tortilla, wrap and secure with a toothpick.

Easy—but make sure your spicy, Southwestern style SPAM sandwich comes with plenty of sweet tea.

How adventurous are you? Or, like Aaron, would you prefer something safe like peanut butter and jelly?

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Native Plants from Under a Turquoise Sky

5Saguaro century plant



4Indian rice grass

3Desert sagebrush

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Sopa Burger #Recipe—from Under a Turquoise Sky

index1Prep Time: 30 min.
Makes: 4 servings


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup evaporated milk

1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil

Oil for frying


1 pound ground beef

3/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper


1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir in water, milk, and oil with a fork until a ball forms.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 2-3 minutes. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Divide into four portions; roll each into a 6-1/2″ circles.
  3. In a small frying pan or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry circles, one at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion; drain. Stir in the salt, garlic powder and pepper. In a large saucepan, combine the soup, broth, chilies and onion powder; cook until heated through.
  5. Split one side of each sopapilla; fill with 1/2 cup of meat mixture. Top with cheese. Serve with heated sauce.

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Prickly Pear Jelly—from Under a Turquoise Sky

images5This orange fruit matures in August in the Southwest deserts of the United States.

Perhaps an acquired taste???

The worst part—I think—would be removing the spines.

Kudos to fictional Delores Yazzie for mastering this not-so-simple jelly.index4

Anyone out there ever made this?

I’d love to hear about your process and recipe.

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