Karen Schuld Photography: NYC Food Photographer

Sprouts in the Hood

Sprouts in the Hood
Exploring My Hood Through Food and Lifestyle Photography

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tofu Burger from Bang-Bite Food Truck

Tofu Burger from Bang-Bite Food Truck
Chef Enrique Guerrero
Santa Fe has a lot of great taco trucks but only one burger truck -
Bang Bite Filling Station, on old Santa Fe Trail.  Owned and operated by esteemed chef Enrique Guerrero, the sleek bright-orange truck offers a selection of fancy fast food
made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
For more information read my article in Santa Fean Now Magazine -

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Japanese Cuisine without the Sushi

Burdock Root with Carrots
Roasted Beet Salad

Izanami's Chef Kim Müller recently created a menu of appetizers sized dishes, reminiscent of what you would find in an Izakaya, or Japanese bar. Müller runs the kitchens and uses her 35 years of experience to source the most delectable ingredients. The wagyu beef comes from local farmers while the organically grown vegetables come from a variety of boutique growers around the country. On the menu, there is a selection of vegetable medleys, which have a delicate blend of flavors, colors and textures. For instance, The Roasted Beet Salad has an exquisite mix of pickled apples, chard, radish, fresh ginger and soy is delicious, as well as visually appealing. The Crunchy Brussel Sprouts’ petals are parched and lightly spiced with mint, lemon and chili; A dish that is balanced with a floral, slightly sweet flavor of the Inemankai, a specialty red rice sake. The Kinpira Gobos, thinly sliced burdock root and carrots, have a nutty and sweet flavor which fuses together with a fine sesame oil. The open style Japanese kitchen allows one can watch the chefs cooking on a robota, a high heat grill that gives foods a rustic, grilled flavor and seared texture. Items cooked on the robota include the organic chicken breast skewers, Lone Mountain Ranch wakyu tri-tip and Yaki Onigiri, which are toasted rice balls.

Crunchy Brussel Sprouts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Entree: Cardamom Dusted Pastry Filled with Veggies

Vegetarian Napoleon

Fresh, local ingredients served with a European flair are part of the memorable dining experience at Joseph’s of Santa Fe, a “culinary pub” helmed by acclaimed chef Joseph Wrede.  The eye-popping entrees, which burst with a rich array of colors, textures, and flavors, include swat potato gnocchi with sage brown butter and a fresh vegetable sautee courtesy of the Santa Fe Farmers Market, while the bar menu features pumpkin, kale, corn and local porcine enchiladas.  The featured photograph is of a vegetarian Napoleon with honey and cardamom dusted pastry and filled with root vegetables, goat cheese and sherry wine sauce, and carrot ginger foam.  Joseph’s also includes a broad selection of boutique fine wines from Oregon California, Italy and France as well as ample selection of premium beers.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Casa Chimayo: Northern New Mexico Ingredients with a Rich Food Heritage

Blue Corn Enhciladas


Northern New Mexico Ingredients

Owner of Casa Chimayo
Casa Chimayo specializes in "Nueva Espana” cuisine that reflects the heritage of the old Northern New Mexico tradition.  The restaurant is family-owned and has an interesting culinary history that starts with red and green chili. The chili is grown by local farmers, then sun dried, which turns them a bright orangish red, instead of the darker, roasted red.  Casa Chimayo educates its guests about New Mexican Cuisine with homespun recipes that go back to the days of Cortez and Montezuma. The owner, Roberto Cordova, wants his guest to experience comforting and traditional cooking the way it was prepared in his grandparent's kitchen.  

The old world “Nueva Espana” cuisine is earthy, rustic and simple. The main ingredient is chili which is lightly accented with salt and garlic.  Casa Chimayo's red and green chili is by far the creme de le creme of New Mexican chills because of its rich, distinct flavor and velvety texture. Chicos, dried corn kernels, go through an intensive roasting process in a horno, which gives them a smoky flavor. On the brunch menu, you can order chicos cooked with beans, which is a common way to cook this staple food of the southwest. Casa Chimayo's diverse menu includes Green Chili Stew, Fajitas, Posole, Tortilla Soup and Breaded Trout.One of the most interesting and delicious dishes is the Chile en Nogada, which is a poblano pepper filled with sirloin steak, raisins, orange nectar and walnut sauce topped with pomegranate seeds and piñons.  The blue corn cheese enchiladas, highly recommended by Food Network’s Guy Fieri, will melt in your mouth.  Another popular family recipe, named for his grandfather, is called Severo’s Green Chili Stew.  It combines simmered pork, green chili, potatoes and tomatoes.  

The atmosphere as Casa Chimayo is very relaxed and casual with its lively energy and familial hospitality.  Share a toast with the infused chili-agave wine or try one of the specialty beers. Both compliment the Guacamole Sabroso, made table side.  Eating family style is another great option because it is so hard to recommend any one dish. Outdoor seating is offered, so now you can enjoy Santa fe’s beautiful weather with some of northern New Mexico's regional home cooking.

Black Bean Tamale

Chile en Nogada