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New Mexico One Taste at a Time
By Pat Veltri, Sharon Niederman photos

Reprinted by permission of the Raton Range
Story appeared Tues., Jan. 25, 2011
It’s been said by a daily customer at Yum-Yum’s, a “mom and pop” restaurant, in Tularosa, that the brisket served there is so tender she has to take her teeth out to eat it! This is one example of the many culinary anecdotes, experiences, and traditions gathered throughout New Mexico by author, journalist, and photographer Sharon Niederman  while organizing and writing her latest book, New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions: recollections, recipes and photos.

Niederman’s tenth book is comprised of sixteen essays, each illustrated with colorful photos and each focusing on food legacies, histories, traditions, and recipes representative of New Mexico. New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions treats the reader to “an armchair tour of cafes, ranches, festivals, home kitchens and farmers markets through the eyes of a veteran food-travel writer” according to the back cover of the book. The book concludes with a special section providing readers with a ready-made schedule outlining the state’s fairs, festivals, and other food events for the coming year.  (more…)

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Temple Aaron commemorated at meeting – Oct. 26, 2010
By Steve Block
Staff Writer, The Times Independent, Trinidad, Colorado

The long and storied history of Trinidad’s Temple Aaron synagogue was the subject of a presentation at the 25th annual meeting of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society in Las Vegas, N.M. Saturday.
Sharon Niederman, a Raton-based author and historian, presented a montage of the temple, its people and the role it has played in the history of the region. The meeting was held at the Plaza Hotel in collaboration with the Board of the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Niederman’s address was part of three days of faith-based education, music and other festivities at the meeting. She talked about the early German-Jewish settlers in the region, who became a key part of the business, social and political scene during the years of its early development. (more…)

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Total Recall in Raton

By Denise Tessier

In an interesting illustration of the state of journalism today, the news that three Raton city commissioners, including the mayor and mayor pro tem, were recalled Tuesday comes not from a newspaper, but from a blog by the wife of one of the recalled commissioners.

On her blog, Embracing the North, writer/author Sharon Niederman reported Tuesday night that:

In an historic, sweeping recall election on Sept. 14, 2010, Raton citizens removed all three city commissioners on the ballot: Chuck Henry, Jesse James Johnson and Joe Apache. The two remaining city commissioners, Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, who are both new to their positions, do not constitute a quorum, leaving the future undetermined. It is likely a special election will be called, once the procedures in such events are understood. Both the mayor, Johnson, and mayor pro tem Henry, are among those recalled. . . . (more…)

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CONGRATULATIONS RATON

Congratulations to all those who took the time and effort to get out and vote.  To all those who supported the drive to throw out the bad apples.  To all those who had the courage to put their names and businesses on the firing line in order to take back control of our city from those who have been running rampant over us and driving our city to ruin. And a lesson to those who said that “nothing will change” and that “it has always been this way”.  Our founding fathers said that “The price of freedom is the eternal vigilance of the government by an informed populace”.  We have been lax and the price for being lax is heavy.  It allows the scoundrels to take over. It allows the ruling elites to use the city for their own personal gain to the detriment of the rest of us.  We have just ended a long running regime that has bankrupted Raton and was still, as of this last week, trying to borrow more money thus increasing our dept, considering more taxes, wanting more projects for out of town businesses and spending money we don’t have. (more…)

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As of late last night, informed speculation was that  8th District Court Judge John Paternoster will appoint someone to fill one of the three vacated Raton city commission posts. Such a move would enable the continuity of the city commission, as three members constitute a quorum. That quorum, which would consist of current commissioners Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, plus one, would then be able to make appointments to the remaining two seats, or call for a special election to fill them, as determined by state laws that concern length of time the recalled commissioners have served. (more…)

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In an historic, sweeping recall election on Sept. 14, 2010, Raton citizens removed all three city commissioners on the ballot: Chuck Henry, Jesse James Johnson and Joe Apache. The two remaining city commissioners, Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, who are both new to their positions, do not constitute a quorum, leaving the future undetermined. It is likely a special election will be called, once the procedures in such events are understood. Both the mayor, Johnson, and mayor pro tem Henry, are among those recalled. (more…)

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Thayla Wright, Director of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library in Raton, offers a selection of local authors.

Books By Local Authors at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library

The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library will have a copy of “New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions” by author Sharon Niederman on the shelves after the publication date of December 1, 2010.  Other non-fiction works by Ms. Niederman held by the library are,  “Hellish Relish”, “Living Treasures Celebration of the Human Spirit: A Legacy of New Mexico”, “A Quilt of Words: Women’s Diaries, Letters, and”, as well as “Return To Abo”, a novel of the southwest.  These do not represent all the printed works of Ms. Niederman, who lives in Raton, New Mexico, with her husband, Charles Henry.  Other works that can be borrowed through the interlibrary loan system include, “New Mexico: An Explorer’s Guide”, “Shaking Eve’s Tree”, and “The Santa Fe and Taos Book: A Complete Guide”. (more…)

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NEW MEXICO’S TASTY TRADITIONS: RECOLLECTIONS, RECIPES AND PHOTOS BY SHARON NIEDERMAN

published by NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE,  will be available Dec., 2010. The book is a compilation of essays, photos and recipes celebrating the rich and varied cuisine of the state – from homesteader fare to horno bread baking to Cowboy Dutch oven cooking to making  ethnic specialties such as potato latkes and potica bread. More of a food history and culture book than a “cookbook,” it directs you to the best of New Mexico’s fiestas and festivals. The author is a 30 year veteran food-travel writer – this is her tenth book, the fourth she has illustrated with her own photographs. The book was edited by Emily Drabanski and designed by Bette Brodsky, and is distributed by University of New Mexico Press. This softcover is priced at about $27.00 and may be ordered from Amazon or your favorite bookstore.

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Only in New Mexico

Last night I met Billy the Kid’s grandson
Serving beans and sopaipillas
To  hungry souls these past forty years
Driving north through Vegas, snow coming in
We parked the UHaul
At the only open place in town (more…)

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Quelites

Begin with scissors, staff, sack
Prowl back alleys, startle feral cats
Hope in God’s gifts:  Quelites,
Wild spinach, yes, here, in dusty despair
Nourishment abounds. This portion of manna
Forces its way through shattered glass, broken concrete,
Forgotten intentions, discarded possessions
A scavenger for grace rejoices in
Stalks bearing jagged green leaves.

With no abuelita to teach preparation
Grasp the spoon, intuit the method: Rinse well
Chop garlic, onion, fry bacon, add leaves,
Stir gently until tender, serve hot.
Sharon Niederman@2010

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