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Summer is here, which means the beautiful weather is here. But unfortunately, so is COVID-19. Wouldn't it be nice if everything were normal again, and we could just have some friends over for a barbecue? There is nothing I would like better than to get outside for a little alfresco dining. Too soon? more
A friend from back East recently posted a photo of her rustic sourdough loaf on Facebook. Crusty, brown and picture perfect, I experienced serious baker envy. My husband took one look and said, … more
If we happen to peek into the kitchen of Margaret J. Hansen and Karen Zakar, who are kinesiology chiropractors at NorthStar Plaza in Taos, we would see both of them, their two good-humored papillons and one elderly apple-faced Siamese cat. more
From its origins as a rare and valuable condiment in ancient Mesopotamia to its use as a remedy for the bubonic plague and evolution into an everyday drink for the poor in the Middle Ages, vinegar has made an appearance in almost every culture, and every cuisine, around the world. more
It's no surprise that two wines made from the same grape can taste vastly different from each other. more
Oaxaca, Mexico, is a beautifully preserved Spanish Colonial city with impressive cathedrals and historic monasteries, picturesque cobblestone streets lined with brightly painted buildings, and a traditional zocalo (the central square) with an abundance of sidewalk cafés and restaurants. more
About this time of year the pots of soup, stews, braises and other comfort foods that get us through winter can get a little -- let's admit it -- boring. more
The most abhorrent, offensive, repellent wine I have ever tasted was a pinot noir from South Africa. This was back in "wine school," and another student turned to me and said, "It's like the Michelin Man rolled in garbage, then set himself on fire." more
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — in all its forms. Children give candy hearts and paper valentines to their friends at school. We treat each other with flowers, fancy dinners and missives of love. But nothing says “I love you” like a decadent, delectable dessert. more
If you blew out your budget on presents for the family (or yourself) over the holidays, your wine habit doesn't need to suffer. Before you grab a bottle of something cheap and dodgy, let's talk about some great -- and great value --wines that will tide you over to the next paycheck. more
Super Bowl LIV is just a few weeks away, on Feb. 2. But there are plenty of opportunities to watch playoff games until then. And I, for one, prefer to catch up on my favorite teams with something savory and delicious -- a one-dish dining solution. I am talking about a hearty, stand-up-your-spoon, thick-enough-to-satisfy, fill-up-again-at-halftime bowl of soup. more
Our pets are family members, too, and will be just as tempted by the delectable range of aromas wafting through family kitchens during the holidays as our human relatives.  But not all holiday cooking will be healthy for our pets. Here's a list of  some cooking that is safe to share – in moderation – with our furry companions: more
Most of us don't drink sparkling wine on a regular basis. Rightly or wrongly, we think of it as something to be reserved for special occasions, and are less likely to pick one up for a weeknight dinner than we are a still wine. more
The New Mexican tradition of preparing mistela as a special beverage for celebrations is not as common as it was hundreds of years ago. Mistela is an alcoholic beverage prepared for Christmas, weddings, funerals and quinceañeras, and as always with family recipes it is made a little differently according to family tradition. more
The year-end holidays are one of the busiest times for most of us. We prepare and plan for all sorts of get-togethers, from intimate gatherings to full-on crowds. An elegant holiday sit-down affair with Grandma's china. Or the whole clan for a gala help-yourself buffet feast. Maybe a holiday open house, with festive cocktails and fancy hors d'oeuvres. Some years, we might host all three. more
The fact is, cookies are good for the soul. Baking brings back memories of our childhoods. Cooking together connects us with our children and grandchildren. And most of all, we get to share treasured recipes. more
Taos Herb Company has officially crowned their biscochito winner for 2019. Sonya Silva-Baca took home the best cookie award in Taos Herb's annual contest held Dec. 5 that brings out the best bakers in Taos for the holiday season. more
It's that delicious time of year, when a group of hard-core Taos bakers gather for one of the most competitive events in the region - the annual biscochito contest at Taos Herb Company. more
Countdown to Turkey Day has begun. A turkey is one of the most common main courses for many holiday meals. According to the National Turkey Federation, a huge percentage of this country's population -- about 88 percent -- eat turkey for Thanksgiving. Over 52 million turkeys were consumed for Thanksgiving in 2018. Another 22 million were eaten at Christmas and 19 million for Easter. That's a lot of bird! more
For some people, Thanksgiving would not be complete without at least one kind of pie -- pumpkin. While I'm very fond of pumpkin pie, sometimes I want to present something a little more decadent. So this Thanksgiving, I am serving Pumpkin Cheesecake. more
Tradition is the foundation of Thanksgiving dinner. A savory turkey surrounded by tasty side dishes is the main event of a successful holiday affair. more
Recently, I've had several conversations with other wine professionals in town about Beaujolais. And believe it or not, there's plenty to talk about. more
En la década de los sesenta, Johnny Carson, entonces presentador de "The Tonight Show," bromeaba: "El peor regalo de Navidad es el pastel de frutas…Solo hay un pastel de frutas en todo el mundo y la gente sigue enviándoselo, unos a otros, año tras año." more
In the 1960s, Johnny Carson, then host of "The Tonight Show," famously joked, "The worst Christmas gift is fruitcake … There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other, year after year." Properly stored and wrapped in alcohol-soaked linen, fruitcake can indeed remain edible for years. But when did the dense, dark cake become the butt of so many holiday jokes? more
Think of Provence, and you probably think of lavender fields, ample sunshine, charming villages and rosé wine. The majority of wine made in Provence is pink, and for good reason. It's hot there, at least in the summer, and rosé is notably refreshing. Rosé also pairs well with the cuisine of the region: bouillabaisse and rosé. Yes, please! more
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