You have heard so much about New Mexico, right? What do you know about the state?
Come on board as we take you through a brief history of this fantastic part of the United States. Native American groups have been the inhabitants of New Mexico territory for over one thousand years. History reveals their ancient existence by the discovery of some abandoned cities across the early trade corridors, pit houses and cliff dwellings, kivas and local symbols etched in rock.
New Mexico now has 22 Indian tribes which include 19 Indian pueblos and three reservations. Some of New Mexico’s “famous people” range from outlaw William (Billy the Kid) Bonner; Army scout and trapper, Kit Carson; blues guitarist Bo Diddley; author Tony Hillerman; auto racers Al and Bob Unser, painter Georgia O’Keefe and actress Demi Moore. New Mexico is also very popular for its native delicacies. Some of the best meals you find in posh resturants originate from the part of the country. So many food experts have taken their time to study the rich culinary heritage f this part of the country.
Tipton and Ferguson demonstrated bold creativity and resourcefulness in retaining the local culinary customs in spite of food trends throughout the United States, which pointed in different directions. Tipton specifically, was insistent on using New Mexico ingredients and was probably ahead of her time. Worried that descendants of the colonial Spanish would soon relinquish being a majority in the state, they looked for ways to encourage New Mexicans to guard their heritage relative to retaining culinary traditions. If you have read any of their books, enjoy cooking New Mexican fare, even eating it in restaurants, you are sure to have been influenced by their efforts.
In 1939, Kathy Griggs, at the age of 19, opened La Posta as a tiny “chile hang-out.” Her uncle sold a corner of the building to her for “one dollar, love, and affection.” The place had just four tables on a dirt floor and, with her mother cooking in the back, Katy worked as a cheerful and jovial hostess, welcoming guests, taking orders, making tongue-in-cheek risqué remarks, and captivating all of her customers. The restaurant has grown in size as well as status, and a similar menu continues. Katy’s grandniece, Jerean Camunez and her husband, Tom are the current owners-managers, using some of Katy’s recipes in her La Posta Cook Book (1971).
New Mexico is known for its rich cultural heritage. That region is famous for its influence on American Value and customs. New Mexico remains one of the states in America with the constant pursuit of excellence in all areas of development like education, business, and even technological advancement.
Culturally, New Mexico remains very different from all other states. The state is the most preserved cultural heritage in the country. Majority of Navajo, Hispanic and Pueblo residents are very serious about safeguarding their most cherished customs. All other Anglo neighbors are happy with this commitment and always look forward to the opportunity to take part in their traditions.