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July 18th, 2013 | 3:47pm

Restaurant Recipe: Duck Confit Blue Corn Crepes with Cotija Cheese and Chili Colorado

Join Executive Chef Brett Sparman in celebration of ingredients that allow him to create dishes that delight and inspire. The Study Of culinary series features an in-depth exploration of ingredients with the chefs of The Destination Culinary Collection of Destination Hotels & Resorts. Each quarter, a new gastronomic topic is given for our chefs to examine through cooking demonstrations, educational lectures, innovative recipes, or delightful tastings.

Explore the featured ingredient in Luminaria Restaurant and Patio or enjoy Chef Sparman's amazing duck recipe in the comfort of your own home.

Duck Confit Blue Corn Crepes with Cotija Cheese and Chili Colorado
Serves Five

10 blue corn crepes
2 lbs shredded duck confit, recipe below
10 oz cotija cheese, crumbled
1 qt chili Colorado, recipe below
5 oz green onions, chopped
1 c chipotle crema, recipe below

Blue Corn Crepes

4 eggs
2 c whole milk
5.5 oz water
12 oz flour
12 oz blue corn meal
3 oz melted butter

In mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients and slowly add dry.  With non-stick pan, warm to medium-high heat, add small touch of oil or butter and just enough batter to the pan to cover the entire bottom. Turn down heat and gently lift the edge of the crepe to allow wet batter to flow under.  Flip crepe over like a pancake and remove from heat.  Slowly slide crepe out onto a plate lined with paper towel, stack for service.

Duck Confit

12 duck legs
10 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
2 oranges, zest
1 tbs black peppercorn
12 garlic cloves, crushed
4 c duck fat, melted
4 c canola oil
salt and pepper to taste

Season duck heavily with salt and pepper, add thyme sprigs, orange zest, bay leaves and peppercorn, refrigerate overnight.  Heat oven to 200 degrees.  Place duck legs in a large pan and cover with duck fat and canola oil, add garlic. 

Cover with foil and cook in oven for two to three hours until duck falls off bone and easily shreds.

Chili Colorado

24 dry pasilla chiles
24 dry guijillo chiles
4 qts boiling water
2 Spanish onion, diced
12 garlic cloves, chopped fine
4 tbs cumin
4 tsp Mexican oregano
8 tbs Flour
4 tbs sherry vinegar
4 tbs sugar
Salt to taste

Rinse chiles, split open, discarding stems, seeds, and ribs.  Toast chiles, skin sides up, in batches.  Transfer to heatproof bowl and pour boiling water over them.  Cover bowl and soak, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 15 minutes.  Purée chiles with three fourths of soaking liquid (reserving remainder) until smooth.  Pour purée through a china cap into a bowl, pressing on solids, discard solids.  Whisk reserved soaking liquid into chile mixture. 

Cook onion, garlic, cumin, and oregano in oil in large heavy saucepan over moderately low-heat, stirring.  Add flour and cook.  Whisk chile mixture and simmer, partially covered, whisking occasionally, until reduced, about 30 minutes.  Season with salt, vinegar, and sugar.

Chipotle Crema

4 c Half & Half
4 c heavy cream
4 tbs sour cream
½ c chopped chipotle chiles
Salt to taste

Mix Half and Half, heavy cream, and sour cream in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight.  Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.  Season to taste with salt


Heat two crepes and stuff with Duck Confit, roll.  On large round plate, ladle chili Colorado on plate, place crepes on top of sauce.  garnish with Cotija, Green Onion and Chipotle Crema.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

July 17th, 2013 | 10:43am

The Inn and Spa at Loretto Recognized in ‘World’s Best’ Awards for 2013

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is pleased to announce that the iconic Santa Fe Inn is recognized on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards list of Top Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is the only hotel in New Mexico to make the list of Top Large City Hotels.

Every year, Travel + Leisure readers rank the world’s best hotels, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, destinations and more in the publication’s annual World’s Best Awards Survey.

“We are thrilled to be recognized on this prestigious list by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine,” said Dana Ortega, Marketing Director at The Inn and Spa at Loretto. “It is truly an honor to be named one of the world’s best properties by those who have experienced the Loretto’s world-class level of service.” 

The complete results and methodology of the 18th annual survey are available on now and will be featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands July 19.

Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator

July 16th, 2013 | 12:44pm

The Spa at Loretto’s Newest Santa Fe Spa Treatment - Signature Salt Glow

Imagine an entire day of ambling the streets of the Santa Fe Plaza, enjoying amazing New Mexican cuisine in The Railyard, and experiencing native art on Canyon Road.  Taking in all the history and culture Santa Fe offers will leave you exhausted.  How do you remedy this?  With The Spa at Loretto’s newest Santa Fe spa treatment - Signature Salt Glow

This amazing Santa Fe Spa treatment will remove dead skin layers that regular soaps and a loofah can’t.  Our revitalizing scrub will exfoliate and soften your whole body with mineral-rich sea salts that not only nourish and promote healing but will reduce rough, dry skin uncovering a baby soft texture unlike you’ve ever felt.

In our award-winning Santa Fe Spa you will customize your salt glow experience by choosing a scent from our house crafted aromatherapy oils.  Your therapist will blend your selection tableside with a highly nutritive sea salt, used in reducing inflammation, detoxifying the body and encouraging new cell growth.  A smoothing and uplifting experience.  Begin your aroma journey to peace, tranquility, and balance.

For more information about The Spa at Loretto’s Signature Salt Glow Santa Fe spa treatment, please call 505-984-7997.


Posted by Suzanne Chavez, Spa Director

July 12th, 2013 | 11:56am

Guest Review: “Awe the Beauty and Comfort"

"The Inn and Spa at Loretto was a thing of beauty and charm.  Starting with the valet & ending with the General Manager and literally everyone in between; the staff exemplified customer service and they all genuinely seemed pleased we were staying with them.

The hallways and grounds are strewn with lovely art and quant shops, with equally quaint curators, line the halls of the lobby.  The view from our open air balcony was stunning and The Loretto Chapel and Saint Francis Cathedral were literally downstairs and out the lobby door!  We were within two block of the Plaza, tours, art galleries and every imaginable eatery.

Our room was absolutely gorgeous, dimly lit in the evenings creating a peaceful ambiance with a cool breeze from our open air balcony which overlooked the beautiful pool and grounds. Oh and we decided the bed was one of the most comfortable we'd ever enjoyed.

We will be returning year after year!"

Posted by Sandra Morello, Posted on Behalf of TripAdvisor Guest

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