In the kitchen

Limpieza con productos 'verdes'

¿Quieres estar más saludable y reducir el estrés en tu vida?Mantener el hogar limpio y organizado ayuda a deshacerse de …

Herb of the month: Chamiso

Is it chamiso or chamisa?

A clean start for the New Year

Want to be healthier and reduce stress in your life? Keeping your home clean and organized helps get rid of germs that can make you and your family sick.

Sherry, cocktails or wine -- an apertif is always fine

First, I decided to write about aperitifs. Then I realized I really didn't know what an aperitif was.

Taos business offers up loads of seasonings, flavored oils

There's something of the apothecary about Taos Spice Merchants. Shelves of hand-labeled jars line the walls with powders and seeds and liquids of every color.

Food tip: shop smart, waste not

In a 2013 report the London-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers estimated that between one-third and one-half of all food produced worldwide is wasted every year …

Chili party: Easy fare for game day

As the holidays end, we think we can slow down on the eating. But the new year brings the National Football League playoffs and the Super Bowl.

'A very bad and disloyal plant'

Once grown in abundance in France's Burgundy region, the Gamay grape's reputation suffered a blow when it was outlawed from the region by a 14th century duke. He called it "a very bad and disloyal …

Stocking up

Looking for stocking stuffers or small, practical gifts for your favorite cooks? Here are a few suggestions for gadgets they will actually use:A salt pigYes, …

The season for giving: Cookbooks

There's an old saying, which I loosely adapt here: Make someone a meal, and you've fed them for a day. Teach someone to cook, and they'll dine well for a lifetime. Give someone a cookbook, and you …
Home & Garden
Wonderful World of Native Plants

Resolving 'plant blindness' at the time of light

Plant blindness is the inability to see or notice the plants in one's own environment, leading to the inability to recognize the importance of plants in the biosphere and in human affairs.

Ag extension offers master gardener classes

Want to become a master at gardening?Whether you are a beginner or have been gardening for years, learn more about growing produce in the Taos County high desert. The classes will cover plant …

Ice-free birdbaths important in mild winters too

Although much of the late fall and early winter has been mild, the nights have been cold, below freezing, and we've seen little precipitation. As a result, birds don't have much to …
Health & fitness

Winter fitness

The weather is cold outside and good food abounds inside. Why exercise or go outside?
The Bugman

Bite marks: Bedbugs, mites or spiders?

If you stay in a hotel or motel – or anywhere else – and you wake up with bite marks, there are some things to consider. Could it be bedbugs?

Frenzied Christmas? Not for Ellen

Christmas is the least miserable day of the year.
Great outdoors

Getting to know Capricorn

  Welcome to winter and the season of Capricorn, our sky's very own sea-goat. When your best friend says to you, "I'm totally a Capricorn," they are almost always referring to their "sun …

Sharing the hunt and harvest, a New Mexico tradition

In decades past, locals would share their hunting photos - of family, friends and the harvests - with The Taos News. And for the last edition of 2017, we're picking up that tradition.

Hike and soak at Ojo Caliente

If getting more exercise and staying relaxed are on your list of new-year goals, a trip to Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring might be a good start.
Travel

Beware carbon monoxide poisoning risks

With cold winter days and nights, people are keeping their doors and windows closed to save heat. That also means dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless gas, can build up inside homes.

Anise

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Anis (Español)Plant family: ApiaceaeThe seeds of anise have a distinct licorice-like flavor that makes them the "must have" flavoring for biscochito holiday cookies …

A welcoming home for the holidays

This is a time of year for celebrating; for welcoming family and friends into our homes. The winter season in Taos is infused with tradition and enriched by the deep faith of its people. Glowing …
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