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MIAC Presents Baking with Norma: Blue Corn Muffins

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

December 17, 2020


The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is excited to present a horno cooking demonstration with Norma Naranjo streamed via Zoom at 4 p.m. MST on Sunday, December 20. This free event is part of the New Mexico Traditions programming from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Naranjo, a member of Ohkay Owingehone of six Tewa villages in northern New Mexico, is the owner of The Feasting Place, which offers traditional horno cooking and baking classes out of her home. Her hands-on classes include instructions on baking bread, pies, and cookies, as well as preparing traditional dishes in the horno. She and her husband, Hutch, are farmers and ranchers; they farm chico corn, blue corn, chile, and many other vegetables that are used in their traditional recipes.

Naranjo learned how to cook and bake from her mother and grandmother, from whom she learned to master the art of baking in the horno. 

This program is generously funded by the Sternberger Foundation as part of the Imagine Your Story series to engage K-12 literacy and storytelling. 

Please use the hashtag #NMTraditions when sharing this recipe on social media.

When: Sunday, December 20, 2020, at 4 p.m. MST

We encourage you to follow along with Norma using the below recipe:

Norma’s Blue Corn Muffins

1 cup blue cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
¼ to ½ cup pine nuts (optional)

Mix blue cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, mix eggs, add sugar, buttermilk, and vegetable oil. Add into dry ingredients and mix well.  Add pine nuts and mix.  Spray muffin pan and pour in mixture ¾ full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Enjoy with homemade preserves, honey, or butter.


About the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and our donors. The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to serve as a center of stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest. 


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