Bloopers create infamous days in journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I never wanted to drown Little Miss Merry Christmas, but I was accused of plotting this unthinkable crime when my headline came rolling out of our newsroom printer. On this fateful day in the early 1990s, my then colleague Janet Bresenham came waving a piece of paper I had just [...]

Green chile is the best chile

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, [...]

Lenten meals hold special memories

By Helena Rodriquez The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special Lenten dishes, [...]

Doing the Christmas wrap

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer For 30 years the Garcia family has been making tamales year-round for customers at the two local restaurants they’ve owned, and once a year, this business trade becomes a Christmas tradition and labor of love for their own family and friends. In the weeks before Christmas, sisters Joann Estrada, Gloria [...]

Chile: Is it fruit, vegetable or berry?

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist The burning question in Santa Fe right is how to label our precious red and green chile peppers. This is not a mild matter for us chile-chomping Nuevo Mejicanos. But in a strange twist, the debate over our fiery state vegetable has turned fruity. And I do mean fruity. A [...]

On a quest for the perfect chile

By Helena Rodriguez When I worked as a reporter and restaurant critic in Abilene, Texas, several years ago, I pledged to find the perfect chile relleno. I searched high and low, from the taqueria’s in the city’s northside barrios to the chain restaurants on the city’s southside mall strip, but to no avail. I quickly [...]

‘Creative Living’ ventures into home-decorating methods

Sheryl Borden Information on creating storage units, making a coat rack and home decorating will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University. Deborah Durham will show how to [...]