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Chef Kim Müller, shown here preparing nasu dengaku  with den miso sauce, says none of the food at izanami is hard to prepare. It’s as simple as “buy the best quality ingredients you can get.” (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

It’s all in the details

izanami chef’s recipes call for the best, freshest ingredients, and simple preparation

Olive tapenade is easy to find jarred in specialty shops, but when you make it yourself, the flavors pop in a surprising way. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Homemade tapenade taps into earthy olives

Olive tapenade, an earthy, salty paste of olives, capers, anchovies, garlic and other flavorings, is easy to find jarred in specialty shops.

Green chile stew contest new at fair

If you have a favorite recipe for green chile stew, sign up for a new food contest at the 2014 New Mexico State Fair.

Kabobs pair mint and lamb

Prepared pesto sauce, quick cooking speed meal to table