In the kitchen

Summertime wine: Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region

Last month when I was preparing for my article, it was snowing. This month, I was taking shelter from the blazing sun and in search of the perfect wine to help me endure the summer heat. I found that …

Gadgets to make cooking fun

A good sharp knife, a whisk and a meat thermometer are among the must-have items in any well-equipped kitchen, according to many chefs.But what about the gadgets that are kooky, cool and just fun while still having a measure of practicality? Every …

Guadalajara Grill and Chef Solís: The rhythm of cooking

Guadalajara Grill del Sur has been serving Taoseños for about 22 years. The family's culinary tradition started with a taco stand. Even today, when the family goes back to Guadalajara, people welcome them by saying, "Here come the taqueros."

Solar cooking, sustainable living

On the East Coast, when the mercury rises above 90 degrees, they hunker down indoors, avoiding both the heat and the humidity. But here in Taos, we revel in the warmth of the sun and take …

Bring on the heat

I don't know about you, but the recent spate of wintry weather has made me weary! One day, we're shedding our shoes in favor of sandals, getting out the gardening tools and eagerly planting basil. The next day, we're …

Song's restaurant: Asian fusion cuisine in the heart of Taos

The battered shrimp was crispy, golden, lacy. It dissolved in my mouth, soft and slightly spicy. The dipping sauces (there were two kinds) accentuated the flavor. The dish came with a green salad, artistically …
Side dish

Cooking like a pro with a few key tips

A lot of us want to be better cooks, but don't have time or money to binge-watch Food Network shows, study at Le Cordon Bleu of London or experiment with five-course meals.So what are frustrated (and often hungry) would-be chefs to do?Plenty of …

High-altitude winemaking challenges not for the faint of heart

Here in Taos, we know something about altitude. We know the thinner atmosphere gives us our stunningly blue skies and gives our visitors headaches. We know the altitude can make our baked goods go wonky and one drink feel like two to flatlanders. …
In The Kitchen

Chef Martinez helms the kitchen at De la Tierra

Cristina Martinez felt the pull of the kitchen early on. The new executive chef at El MonteSagrado Resort & Spa has been cooking for about 17 years. "My mom used to cook for many church groups and I started helping her when I was very young," …

Remembrance of pizza past

As someone who grew up in Chicago, I thought I knew something about pizza. For a long time, in fact, I thought it was invented there. And why not? We have every kind: deep-dish, stuffed, thin crust, wood fired. Much to my surprise, though, there …
Home & Garden
Natural Resources Notebook

Management constraints impact healthy forests for wildlife

Imposing constraints on specific operations of forest treatment to make it compatible with wildlife and other uses can be costly.So, to what extent can constraints be imposed on forest treatment without ending up with an economically unviable …
Wonderful World of Plants

Taos chapter hosts state conference focused on seeds

Members of the Taos chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico are excited to be hosting their third state conference since the chapter was created in 1999. The conference, scheduled Sept. 14-17, will be based at the Fort Burgwin campus of …
Tree Talk

Taking stock of trees

During the month of July, Taos arborists, student interns and volunteers will be traveling through the town, counting, mapping and observing the trees that occupy the town of Taos …
Health & fitness

High Frequency Loft: Fitness fusion

Fusion, Noun: the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. Adjective: referring to food or cooking that incorporates elements of diverse cuisines. Source: Google. At High Frequency …

Reducing stress through exercise, good food, meditation

Nothing ages you faster than stress! How do we know? Well, let's back up for a second and look at the science of aging. DNA is the genetic material that makes up the chromosomes, and each chromosome starts out with a lengthy protective cap - a …

Going outdoors?

Summer is finally here and the sun invites us all outside to play, run, hike and bike. Sure, a nice tan is good for the ego of those of us not blessed with dark skin. But sun-browned skin ages faster and can actually turn deadly. Sun damage can lead …
Great outdoors
Night Sky

Getting to know Cancer the crab

With the summer season officially upon us, there's no better time than now to take a look at Cancer the crab.

Healthy forests are better for wildlife

Note: This is a continuation of the previous edition of "Natural Resources Notebook." Can productive, extractive management be made compatible with wildlife in achieving sustainability? The term "sustainable productive forest management" implies that …

Enchanting burrowing owls make home in Taos

Taos birdwatchers eagerly await John Lay's email missives. "Both owls on burrow," he wrote in early April. Like expectant parents, we're wondering if there will be …
Travel

'Roswell is about believing'

ROSWELL – One hot day in early July 1947, rancher William "Mac" Brazel told Lincoln County Sheriff George Wilcox that he had found strange debris from some sort of aircraft crash at a remote …
TRAVEL

Looking for different in the City Different

Everyone has their dream trip to Santa Fe planned out with days full of historical landmark visits and trips to museums and galleries. But what if the eye-rolling, 20-something-year old has a …

Tiny ticks, big trouble

Planning that camping trip into the woods or along rivers? Be sure tick bite prevention is part of your plan. Ticks carry the bacteria responsible for some 15 different illnesses, some of which are downright deadly. Most of the illnesses can be …
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