Enjoy a Top New Mexico Bed and Breakfast: Breakfast At The Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast
Jake and Wild Creatures: Some “Lively” Fun At Our Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast
As much as you might think, dogs are not domesticated. We pretend to be, but put me in front of another animal and watch me. It could be a fly or a bug, a feral cat or a roaming dog. I’ll try to stomp it, bite it, and eat it (as long as it’s really small). I have those desires to be the king of the kingdom. I may be black and white, with huggable qualities and –most of the time- good manners, but never forget how wild I can be.
I wanted to make a French toast meal in a ramekin. The reason I wanted it in a ramekin was the egg mixture was more than just eggs and cream. I wanted to add a little after-dinner liquor that was a blend of chocolate and red wine form one of our local wineries. The first attempts were utter failures: The first baking, the bread was too soggy; The French bread sunk, leaving a gooey bottom. With the next try, the bread came out hard as a rock; The French bread wouldn’t stay in the ramekin because the egg floated it.
Jake and the Magic Pan: A Taos New Mexico Hotel’s Unique “Tale”
I’m the official guest greeter at Dreamcatcher B&B, one of the best Taos New Mexico Hotels around. Okay, maybe I’m just the dog greeter. Name’s Jake. I was only 13 weeks old when I moved into the Dreamcatcher. My human partner is John, he’s my alpha. John sometimes gets into the ‘I’m the master, you obey’ mode but not often. When I’m at the door I bark once –it took a while for John to learn my message technique- and he opens the door for me. Good human! Problem with height of door handle.
One discovery I’ve made in New Mexico is the Jerusalem Artichoke. My neighbor Norm asked me during our first summer in Taos if I’d like to have some of his vegetable plants for my garden. At that time of year, middle summer, the plants were towering with yellow flowers at the top. I didn’t know what part of the plant to cook. Norm pulled out of his pocket a gnarly root. “Here, cook this and tell me what you think,” he said, handing me dirt-covered root.
Prudy and Jake
We knew we had to find Jake, a dog that will be loved at our B&B. And we did right after we bought the B&B in 2009. Jake has become the quintessential symbol of all that is good and welcoming and warm here at the Dreamcatcher B&B. Every guest is enthusiastically greeted by Jake when they check in.
Jakes Arrival at Dreamcatcher
My first and only airplane flight was a blur, it happened so fast. I was young, so didn’t know what to expect. I arrived in Albuquerque, first class in my own cabin, with special handling, by the airplane crew. I was only 13 weeks old, coming from South Carolina. Prudy picked me up and we drove to Taos in the north. It was dark as she drove, I watching the mountains as we home. John said hello when we got to the big house.
Hot Oats Brulé
I want to share with you one of my dishes that I start each day with. I discovered this dish at a B&B in Corrales, NM, a suburb of Albuquerque: the mixture of Irish Steel cut oats, regular oats, raisins and almonds. I’ve added my previous cooking experience and now it has become one of my signature dishes that guests love – Hot Oats Brule.