New Mexico: Red or Green?

Here in New Mexico, we’re famous for putting chile on everything. Most restaurants stock “red or green” even for non-traditional New Mexican dishes; burgers, eggs, hot dogs, you name it, we put chile on it. And if you want both, the more the merrier. You can order “Christmas” style at any given restaurant without a second look.

To embrace our New Mexico traditions at a time when the smell of roasting green chile fills the air, we thought we would share our favorite foods and recipes from our Relios family to yours, just in time for the holidays.

Carolyn’s Green Chile Stew – From Carolyn Pollack


2 tbsp olive oil
1 pound top sirloin steak or pork, cut into ½ cubes
2 yellow onions, diced
1 cup red wine
8 cups water
2 carrots, diced
2 russet potatoes, diced into ½ “cubes
½ cup roasted green chile, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup beef stock
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
1 ½ tsp ground coriander
2 cups chunky style salsa
salt to taste
pepper to taste
36 large garlic croutons
3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated
Sour cream
Red chile powder

In a large heavy saucepan pour the oil and heat it on medium until it is hot. Add the steak and onions, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the carrots and potatoes. Bring the stew to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Add the green chile, beef stock, cumin, coriander, and salsa. Simmer the stew for one hour. Season with salt and pepper. Place the stew in individual serving bowls. Top with 6 large garlic croutons. Sprinkle on the 2 cheeses, and broil in the oven until the cheese melts. Top with a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkle on some red chile powder. Serves 6.

Bill’s Amazing Chile Rellenos – From Bill Pollack

½ lb. longhorn style mild cheese cut into chile size bars*
6 large New Mexico green chiles roasted, peeled and seeded, stems on
3 eggs
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. pressed garlic
14 oz. can petite chopped tomatoes undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. marjoram

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is soft. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and marjoram. Reduce to simmer. Stuff green chiles with cheese. Separate eggs. Combine flour and egg yolks. Beat egg whites until peaked. Fold in yolk/flour mixture. Heat greased griddle or pan until hot. Check by dropping egg batter. Coat stuffed chiles in egg batter. Fry until golden, don’t flip too early! Serve with sour cream, black beans, calabacitas and Spanish rice.

*cut cheese into the same length of chiles to stuff

Roasted Green Chile  – From Alex Montoya, Brand Ambassador

There are few days throughout the year when green chile isn’t part of my diet. Great source of vitamin C and gastronomic delight! Nearly 7 years with Relios and I’ve never called in sick. Hmmmm…coincidence? I think not! Good genes and green chile are my allies. At home we chop it up, add a bit of garlic salt and always have it at the ready. Our 40 lbs of home-roasted, peeled and frozen chile will mostly be used as a topping but we also do the traditional stews, enchiladas etc. This morning’s pigs-in-a-blanket got a kick with green chile and cheese inside and out.

Rolled Chile Enchiladas – From Jayme Bennett, Ecommerce Manager

12 corn tortillas
Olive oil  (to fry tortillas)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 cup chopped, cooked green chiles AND/OR red chile sauce
4 cups jack cheese, mild cheddar, or a mix, grated
Optional: shredded chicken, sour cream 

Lightly fry the corn tortillas for flavor. Add a handful of cheese (and chicken if desired), chopped onion, and garlic to each tortilla and roll. Place in long baking dish stacked side by side. Top with red and/or green chile. Cover chile with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with sour cream and serve.

Avocado Salsa – From Louisa Escovedo, Merchandising Manager

1 medium can diced tomatoes (drained)
3 medium jalapenos, seeded and chopped (leave seeds if you like it hot!)
1 cup chopped yellow onion
3 medium avocados, semi firm but ripe, peeled, cored and diced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, finely minced
½ tsp salt (more or less to desired taste)
¼ tsp pepper

Drain can of diced tomatoes and blend. Add to mixing bowl with chopped jalapenos and onions, mix well. Add seasonings (salt & pepper), minced garlic and lime juice, mix well. Add diced avocado and mix. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pork in Red Chile – From Zisumy Bencomo, Merchandising Sales Planner


1 lb solid pork, with a little fat, 1/2 in cubes
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup of water
1 garlic clove
1 pinch of oregano
6 chiles
Vegetable oil (Optional)
1 tsp flour

Cook meat with salt and water & be sure to put the lid on your pan! Simmer until fully cooked. Boil chiles 10 minutes or until soft. Mix cooked chiles in blender with garlic, oregano, and water. Once this is blended you can add to the meat and let it boil for 15 minutes. Serve with flour tortillas.

Guacamole – From Doug Small, SEO/PPC Analyst

2 avocados, chopped
1 small onion, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
Fresh cilantro to taste

Mix together and serve with corn chips.


img_8784It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year- in Albuquerque!

Every October, Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon fiesta in the world. Hundreds of balloons grace the sky, like bursts of color scattered on a canvas of blue. It’s a beautiful sight and one of our favorite fall traditions!

Celebrate our most colorful and uplifting weekend of the year in true New Mexico style. Bright and bold gemstone designs from American West Jewelry will elevate your altitude and make your spirits soar! Bold and bright gemstone colors of lapis, coral and malachite beautifully reflect the giant balloons that rise through Sleepy Beauty Turquoise blue skies. Authentic, nature-inspired earthtone gems from American West complete this Southwest splendor by bringing the majesty of the landscape to life.

While you’re in town for Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta come visit the Carolyn Pollack Jewelry Outlet for our Balloon Fiesta blowout sale! Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 9.

Speaking of celebrating, a favorite ballooning tradition is the ceremony the pilot performs after the flight for his passengers. The Balloonist’s Prayer is recited, followed by a champagne toast!

The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with its warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well
that God has joined you in your laughter
and set you gently back again
into the loving arms of Mother Earth.



My Grand Adventure

The summer is filled with memories, adventures, and a reminder that life is what you make it. My summer was one for the books. I took a 7 day road trip with my husband and our cousin. Our destination was the beautiful and spirited Las Vegas, Nevada. We packed up the car and left Albuquerque before the sun was up and we set off for the open road!

We arrived in Flagstaff and ate lunch at the cutest restaurant called MartAnne’s Breakfast Palace. The salsa was pretty impressive since we were coming from New Mexico and believe we have the best salsa in the world!

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After lunch, the Grand Canyon was our next stop!

I traveled to this marvelous wonder when I was in middle school, but my husband has never experienced it in person. As we approached the welcome sign, I felt a sense of calmness and wonder. I was suddenly so small compared to the marvelous wonder in front of me.


My jewelry is often a representation of my spirit and style and it only seemed that one particular style should travel with me on this journey: The Treasures Collection. It was the ideal choice for this vacation because of its versatility and interchangeability. I had a blast changing and swapping all the inserts to match the mood of the moment!

After spending some time at the Grand Canyon we jumped back into the car and headed for the City that Never Sleeps – Las Vegas, Nevada.

Our trip in Nevada was 6 days filled with shows, music festivals, restaurants, street performers, and of course the pool. The hottest day was 118 degrees!! I loved dressing up for dinner and a show and taking my American West Jewelry with me. From Couture to Iconic style, every outfit was a success.

My favorite part of the trip was visiting Fremont Street which is also known as the “Old Strip”. I’m a huge admirer of vintage signs and retro Americana decor. We finished off our day eating at the Heart Attack Grill and that was a blast.

We also visited the Siegfried and Roy Wildlife Animal Sanctuary which was located at our hotel, the Mirage. It was amazing to see the animals up close and the white tigers are some of the most breathtaking animals I have ever encountered.

My jewelry truly did take me away to a beautiful adventure with people I love. I will treasure the memories for years to come.

Analicia Stroud, Graphic Design Manager

Baby Blue: Dad’s Love for Lincolns and Carolyn


I was 10 years old when Dad drove in the driveway with his first Lincoln.

Not the normal black or white sedan, no way. It was turquoise, a clear sky blue like Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, with a white convertible top and all the chrome!
It was pretty unusual, especially in Buffalo, NY.
Dad never minded standing out from the crowd.  He was very proud!
Once I had my driver’s licence, I’d dream of dating in that car. I could just imagine pulling up to a girl’s house in that car. Wow. I begged, I pleaded, worked hard, best behavior. Nothing worked, and it never happened. Dad was tough.
Dad decided to keep his first Lincoln.  Stored it for years. As a matter of fact, he loved that car so much, he started a collection! Much to Mom’s dismay, within a couple decades he had all seven Lincoln convertibles, all the same body style. He was very protective of them all, no matter what stage of decay.  But Baby Blue was always the favorite.
Then Carolyn came into our lives.  She loved Baby Blue, and wasn’t shy about letting everyone know.  After all it is the color of her eyes! It took about five years, but surprise, there it was, backing off a truck, in our driveway.  Of course, we had already built our garage with the Lincoln in mind. And, as fate would have it, five miles down the road, Gary, the owner of Spear’s Automotive, also had an enthusiasm for Lincoln convertibles.
Yes, we visited often.
Soon, Carolyn and I were inspired by Baby Blue to do our own Route 66 mini-series.  It was in the early 2000’s, we refurbished a retro travel trailer and planned to trail it from New Mexico to Amarillo, to Santa Monica and back.  Two weeks before the scheduled departure, we came to our senses, realizing the trip could be too much for our vintage vehicle.
We bought a pickup truck, painted it turquoise, hit the Mother Road and the show went on.
And the Lincoln lives on.  In fact, we take it on weekend “date” rides a couple times a month.  Of course, I’m always reminded of Dad and that special place he held in his heart for Carolyn, and his car.  Just check out the vanity plate! IMG_6043
To American Classics and endless turquoise skies, enjoy the ride.
– Bill

Join Us in Santa Fe – Part II

Ann Marie, Deb and I took a short break from preparing for next week’s Indian Market, and why not model our favorite jewelry, Carolyn Pollack.  We are huge fans of Carolyn’s jewelry, and have been for years, so you might say we are like kids in a candy store working here in Santa Fe!!  I always say, you can hardly call it work when you get to play with beautiful jewelry all day, and we love helping you choose special pieces to add to your collections.  Our cases are filled to the brim with so many new treasures to choose from, stop in and try them on in person; you won’t be able to choose just one.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we now carry the Jennifer Nettles pieces, and here in Santa Fe, they are 20% off retail!  We all personally own many of these pieces and are so excited to add to our collections.  Ann Marie has her eye on the black spinel cuff and the silver textured bold cuff, Deb is picking up the sterling turquoise bold leather cuff, and I can’t wait to add the silver bold turquoise cuff and the domed silver and turquoise ring to my collection!  A little birdie told us we might even be receiving a few of the spectacular squashblossom necklaces, be still my heart, I can’t wait to try that beauty on!

Speaking of squash blossoms, we couldn’t resist another platter of the tacos and a glass of watermelon fresca from Tres Colores, oh so yummy! They are located in the Santa Fe Outlet mall, just down from the gallery.  Stop in when you’re here, and tell Hugo that the ladies at CP sent you!  Enjoy….

I can’t believe that Indian market is only a week away, we are so looking forward to seeing all of you.  Safe travels, see you soon…..


P.S. If you mention you read this blog when checking out, you’ll receive an additional 10% off our already 50% discounted jewelry.

– Sue Sassin – Gallery Manager

For more information visit American West’s Facebook Page



Join Us in Santa Fe!

Fall is upon us here in Santa Fe, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  Fall means that thankfully the summer heat is finally leaving, and being replaced by cooler evenings and monsoon rains.  The onset of fall also means that Indian Market can’t be far behind.  This year’s market begins on Saturday, August 20th, at 7:00 am, and ends Sunday, August 21st.  Other activities will happen around Santa Fe starting as early as Tuesday, check out the Indian Market website at for information on all the festivities.

Market PlazaHere at the Carolyn Pollack Santa Fe Outlet gallery, we are preparing for what is always an exciting time for us. Carolyn is keeping our UPS man very busy, sending us fabulous new treasures that we can’t wait to share with you.  Plan to join us on August 18th from 5-7 pm for a special VIP event at the gallery. Whether you are a collector from near or far, you’re a VIP to all of us, and we’d love to see you!

In addition to getting a first peek at many special pieces at fabulous prices, you’ll be able to munch on delicious food from the Santa Fe Outlets’ own Tres Colores.  You will love their southern Mexico cuisine, we had their squash blossom (organic and picked local that morning) tacos over the weekend, and they were out of this world!

If you are able to make the Market, have a wonderful time, and please plan to stop in and see us, we will have special pricing all weekend long, see you then!


Back to School

The first day of school is an exciting day for students, parents and teachers.  In my teaching career, I had 30 of these “First Days,” all located in the kindergarten classroom in the Birdville ISD in Texas.

Left: School Yearbook Photo, Right: One of Becky’s Students Receiving the Citizen of the Year Award!  Becky nominated him and his essay won for the entire district!

The night before the first day was always a very restless sleep night for me.  I felt so responsible for making all of my new students and parents feel welcome, excited and comfortable with the education journey that awaited them.  The first day of kindergarten, in particular, is filled with smiles and tears and plenty of emotion.  Parents hugging their children goodbye and trusting them into a teacher’s care was always a touching time.

I was always amazed at the end of the first day, how smoothly everything seemed to go!  All of the hugs and smiles I received from the children and their parents, made me feel confident that it was going to be a wonderful school year!

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Retirement Luncheon where she was presented with her favorite jewelry…Carolyn Pollack!

Even though I’ve been retired now for 11 years, the beginning of the new school season still brings a sense of excitement for me.  I’m so very grateful for all of my years of teaching and the wonderful memories made.

Becky Robeson – Gallery Stylist, Gaylord Texan 2004 to Present



Becky in front of Carolyn Pollack 2016

American West Jewelry Takes You Away


The spirit of summer comes alive on a road trip through the plains of adventure. Chase the sun and discover freedom with American West Jewelry. No matter the destination, take the endless sky home with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. Find independence from the ordinary and celebrate authenticity in layers of bold, bohemian necklaces. Listen to the call of the mountains and whisper of the sea as the sounds of the city are transformed by a sense of wanderlust. Get lost in the moments that will become memories and cherish the expression of creativity. The world is a dream and traveling is living it.

Where will your jewelry take you?

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This Fourth of July we are doing something revolutionary!!

This year, rather than presenting our Today’s Special Value in celebration of this great American holiday ONLY on July 4th, we are kicking things off with Rick Domeier at 10pm ET on July 3rd, and celebrating ALL the way through July 8th!! YES, at the Today’s Special Value price!! WOW, what a new way to celebrate! I know you’re all busy celebrating our freedom on July 4th, and I certainly don’t want to take you away from your family and friends. Join me when you have time between your local parade, BBQ , fireworks and other family traditions.

JUST ADDED! An additional HOUR on July 9th!


I am also thrilled to be collaborating with the amazing Denim & Co. team. We’ll be having lots of fun this week on social media, behind the scenes and on air together! However, I do need to fill you in on a secret. This bracelet will NEVER be reordered, so if you love it, GET IT!! OK, I just added some stress, but I think you’ll thank me for it for many holidays to come. Not only is this cuff bracelet a colorful, classic and iconic American designed and crafted piece, but ALL of the shows throughout this event are full of jewelry that I am so proud to present.  I hope that you, your friends, your daughters, your daughters’ friends and generations to come embrace the expressive, iconic style of American West Jewelry! Let’s get together over this special holiday and keep American iconic style alive!!

God Bless America!




Weekend, Wine, And Sunshine!

Summer time means festival time! I was so excited to kick off the festival season at the annual Albuquerque Wine Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. One of my favorite things about attending festivals is the inspiring bohemian looks they bring that beautifully reflect the joy and freedom of summer.


The wine festival held in my home city is no exception to this as thousands of New Mexicans gather at the Balloon Fiesta Park to soak up the sun and sample the most delicious wines our state has to offer.

Festivals of any kind are a fantastic chance to show off how we’re wearing the latest trends and lasting favorites and it’s no secret that the festival boho chic look is one of the biggest trends in fashion this year. To me, nothing brings this fresh and free-spirited look together more than jewelry.


What I love most about festival jewelry is that there are no rules. I can mix and match my pieces to make a statement that is authentically me. And in a large crowd of people, it feels good to stand out. At festivals, my style tells my story and my jewelry wardrobe helps me tell it my way.

At a Memorial Day weekend festival that celebrates our rich and diverse culture in New Mexico, as well as local businesses and artisans, I felt particularly proud to wear my genuine American West Jewelry pieces that were designed and crafted in my hometown.

The true spirit of boho is rooted in authenticity and I love that my jewelry reflects this. I found myself smiling down at the incredible pure green turquoise and mixed metal naja statement necklace that laid perfectly around my neck. And the brilliant sterling silver of my bold ring choices caught more than just the sun’s light, as I received dozens of compliments on them throughout the day.


I had fun stacking my favorite cuff bracelets that are all so colorful and unique in detail! I also rediscovered my love for the most simple of the pieces, my mixed metal cuff bracelet from the Jennifer Nettles collection. Although it was by far the most delicate piece in my ensemble, I was continuously drawn to it. Attached to the feminine cuff bracelet is a dangling charm with three sterling stars and one brass star with a diamond encrusted in the center. The back of the charm is always a sweet surprise with the word “Believe” inscribed. I love this message, especially as this new summer surrounded by boundless promise approaches.

Here in New Mexico, we are often spoiled by the temperate weather and this weekend was no exception. Turquoise-blue skies stretched over the festivities and the Sandia Mountains made the perfect backdrop for my tasting adventures. Each guest received a beautiful custom wine glass for sampling and also as a keepsake from the event.

I opted to wear my staple over-sized sunhat, which was a lifesaver under the Saturday afternoon sun! I also packed a vibrant yellow kimono made of soft chiffon that kept my fair skin protected. Even in the desert, the lush grass of the Balloon Fiesta Park made walking in my platform wedges a breeze!



I was delighted to begin my tasting tour at my favorite local winery, St. Clair. If you’re from out of state and are planning to visit us in the Land of Enchantment, I highly recommend making a reservation at St. Clair Winery & Bistro. They have locations in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Deming, and Farmington, with their winery settled in the gorgeous Mimbres Valley in southwest New Mexico which is recognized as America’s oldest wine producing region.

My favorite pour from St. Clair’s is actually the Mimbres Red, a uniquely sweet, medium-bodied red wine. The notes of blackberry, honey, and vanilla create a lush sweetness and make this blend smooth and easy to drink.


After sipping on my go-to wine, I headed to Casa Rondeña Winery, another of my local favorites. Here, I sampled several delectable dry reds before ultimately settling on a refreshing white wine called Serenade. Floral and fruity, the blend falls between a Riesling and Gewurztraminer that strikes a wonderful balance of sweetness and acidity.

This proved to be the perfect blend to sip on while soaking up the summer sun, exploring local art and enjoying this year’s festival.

IMG_4699Thanks so much for reading about my first adventure in style this season!

What summer festivals are you attending in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below!


Shop the look:

Durango Green Turquoise Mixed Metal Naja Statement Necklace

Jennifer Nettles Sterling Silver Gold Hematite Dangle Earrings

American West Sterling Silver Natural Pink Mother Of Pearl Ring

American West Sterling Silver Textured Single Star Ring

Jennifer Nettles Sterling Bold Domed Black Spinel Ring

American West Olive Green Kingman Turquoise Bold Ring

American West Sterling Silver Elongated Feather Ring

American West Sterling Silver Chevron Triple Row Ring

Jennifer Nettles Believe Sterling And Brass Diamond Accent Cuff

American West Gold Mother Of Pearl Cuff Bracelet

American West Mixed Metal Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

American West Sterling Oval Green Turquoise Leather Toggle Bracelet