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In the kitchen

Sweeten your summer: the joys of homemade ice cream

The tradition of ice cream socials dates back to the 1800s. They were held at family or church gatherings, usually on summer weekends.My husband, Gary James, remembers attending …
Easy recipes to prepare

Hot summer, cold soups

When the hot weather settles in, especially during the day, I find it more difficult to be motivated to cook.
Wine Column

When-in-doubt kinds of wine

I was talking to some people the other day about wine pairing, and told them, "When in doubt, you can rarely go wrong with sauvignon blanc or pinot noir."
Home & Garden

Mulling over mullein

The flowers are effective for lower respiratory inflammation and especially useful for a hot, dry cough, encouraging moist secretions and helping to relax spasms.
Tree Talk

Top tips for growing healthy trees in Taos

Like humans, trees can become sick. But unlike humans, trees do not have specialized cells to fight off diseases. So, it is important to do what you can to improve the health of your …

Wildflowers of the Agua Sarca Trail

Seventeen members of the Taos Chapter of Native Plant Society of New Mexico hiked the Agua Sarca trail (near Sipapu) on July 29 and were delighted to identify more than 60 species of wildflowers and …
Health & fitness
Special report

A Florida city nurtures babies with 'Brain Bags' for parents. Can New Mexico do the same?

Editor's note: Communities nationwide are trying to crack the same nut: how to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor kids. Pensacola, Fla., became one of …

Hiking for life

Hiking has benefits for both the mind and spirit. Studies are showing that if we continue to exercise as we get older, we reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and increase the …

Messes and inner work

Oh nooooo! The oat groats are bubbling over the lip of my nice, clean stainless steel pot, sliding their not-yet-soft bellies down the sides - getting their behinds blackened on the flame licking the …
Great outdoors
Photo Gallery

Wheeler Peak summit shots from our readers

Hiking to the top of Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,167') is epic. It's New Mexico's highest peak and overlooks the vast Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. The hike usually encompasses the full Wheeler Peak …
Starlight

Get ready for a meteor shower as Perseid puts on a show

I always enjoy writing about the annual Perseid (PURR-see-ID) meteor shower. It’s one of the most reliable and relatively prolific meteor showers of them all.

Wheeler Peak wilderness yields exciting discovery

In the rocky crags above Williams Lake, three intrepid birder-scientists confirmed the presence of a bird species not observed breeding in New Mexico for nearly 30 years.Luke …
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