We are in the midst of an extended trip to the southwest, shooting several inns in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. While shooting here, we’ve been struck by the exotic nature of this part of our country. More than any other region in the US, when you’re here (particularly outside of the cities) you feel as though you are in a foreign country–the intersecting cultures, the architecture, the weather, the landscape–all of it combines to convince you that you have left the US. You’re definitely not in Vermont, Dorothy!
Casa Escondida, a charming B&B in the small town of Chimayo feels particularly exotic. In a remote location, it feels like an ancient adobe hacienda on a ranch, far from civilization. We loved all of Belinda’s decor–the rugs, the weavings, the pottery–it is lovely. The iconic front porch was a perfect place to revel in the silence (although a beast to shoot!).
Upon leaving Casa Escondida, we traveled to The Bobcat Inn, another adobe-style inn on a hilltop just outside Santa Fe, with gorgeous views in every direction. This is a really special spot, with a fantastic patio where guests relax and take in the view. We loved the decor here as well, with many of the rooms decorated with a refreshing sense of whimsy.
One of the highlights here was Amy’s breakfast creation called Egg Bakers, a guest favorite, similar to shirred eggs, but with a twist. Interestingly, the vessels looks local, but are anything but–they are from Japan! Here is the recipe:
Yields 4 servings
4 slices Canadian bacon
4 Tbs half and half
4 Tbs Monterey Jack cheese
4 Tbs green chile
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Spray pottery ramekins with cooking spray. Line ramekin bottom with a slice of Canadian bacon. Crack egg over bacon. Pour one tablespoon half and half over, and layer in a tablespoon of green chile, salt and pepper to taste.
Top with one tablespoon of cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, longer or shorter depending on how you like your egg. Serve with fresh salsa for a southwestern flair or hollandaise for a more traditional approach. You can substitute tomato for bacon, which is also delicious.