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State Fair cooking contests begin

Competitive culinary folks, be advised: This year’s New Mexico State Fair will feature a few new food competitions: gingerbread house making, cake decorating for young people and a New Mexico favorite: a green chile stew competition.

Torinos’ @ Home chef Maxime Bouneou prepares a salade Niçoise with grilled tuna and fresh, organic heirloom tomatoes. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Heirloom tomatoes star in salad

Fresh, local heirloom tomatoes star in salade Niçoise, a classic dish from the South of France

Sorrel, a sour, tangy lettuce that often gets ground down to fish sauce, is brilliant when used for salad.

Cook is schooled in sorrel

Sorrel provokes pucker. It’s lemon-sour, tangy tart. Which is why the bold green with the bold plan …

Turn your zucchini abundance into no-fry fries, like these cheesy zucchini fries with paprika dipping sauce.

Turn zucchini into no-fry fries

Those darn zucchini! There’s an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big …

Marcona almonds, Padron peppers, Jamon Iberico and chorizo are staples of a Spanish food spread.

Pair tapas, drinks for fun party

It’s no wonder Michael Chiarello’s flirtatious Coqueta has been such a hit on San Francisco’s waterf …