In the kitchen

Farm-to-table cooking: Taking advantage of farmers market bounty

The bracing air of a cool Saturday morning greets me as I venture to the historic Taos Plaza to visit the myriad of vendors as they set up their wares for Taos Farmers Market.
Drink Deep

It's all good Greek to her, but thumbs-down on the retsina

I didn't always love Greek wine. My first encounters with it were decidedly unpleasant - and I wasn't even drinking retsina (more on that later). The wines were overly acidic and tannic - and somehow reminiscent of wet dog.

Sandor Katz's 'People's Republic of Fermentation'

"People's Republic of Fermentation" is an eight-part YouTube series with an up-close-and-personal look at fermentation in one corner of the most populous country in the world.

A wine snob gives boxed vino a try and (kind of) likes it

It will not surprise you to know that I am a wine snob. I can't help it. It just goes with the territory. But being a snob does not mean that I am not willing to expand my horizons from time to time and try something about which I may have …

Summer salad picnic splendid way to enjoy outdoors

Midsummer is a splendid time for a picnic under the trees. Whether planning to bring a movable feast to one of Taos' multitude of outdoor concerts or inviting a few friends over for a backyard get-together, I love the simplicity of eating outdoors. You can keep things effortless and still reap the benefits of breathing in the fresh air and the convivial atmosphere.

New barbecue restaurant, SmokeHouse, makes a Texas-sized impression in Red River

Venture off the main drag of Red River and onto Pioneer Road, and you might be drawn in by the powerful aroma coming from SmokeHouse, a restaurant established in June 2017 by Red River …

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 …
Home & Garden

Poaceae grasses of New Mexico traditionally used for medicine, food

Every semester, John Ubelaker, a professor, guides a group of students from the main Dallas campus of Southern Methodist University through a botany project at SMU-in Taos at Fort Burgwin.

Native bees: In the wilds of Taos, scientific discoveries abound

The scope of what isn't known to science about native bees is far vaster than what is. Over the next several years, one scientist is slowly but surely collecting, pinning, labeling and identifying the little critters in the first major survey of native bees in Northern New Mexico.
Wonderful World of Native Plants

Annual conference explores history, future of seeds

The chapter in Taos of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is hosting the annual state conference Sept. 14-17. “The Seed: Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the …
Health & fitness

An Ojo Sarco meditation center offers free retreats to women veterans with PTSD

Active service in the United States military brings unique benefits and challenges. But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges that a major challenge is increasingly evident after …

Enchanted Circle Trails Association: Get outside, get healthy

If there are hiking and biking trails nearby that are safe and convenient, people are more likely to use them. And the more they use them, the healthier they get. “You might make a New …

Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp heads to Angel Fire Bike Park

After 16 years of bringing "more skills, more fun" to thousands of women across parts of Canada and the United States, the Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp is introducing a brand-new stop in Angel Fire on Sept. 23-24.
Great outdoors

Getting to know Virgo

Aside from the smell of roasting green chiles carried on the wind, nothing serves as a harbinger of the coming New Mexico autumn quite like the arrival in astrology of Virgo, the wheat-laden maiden.

Forest Service ranger cabins get new life

The Carson National Forest that surrounds Taos is home to many tantalizing reminders of early Taos history. The mountains near the Taos Ski Valley holds ruins of gold mines, mills and old cabins. Many of their stories are lost as the structures deteriorate and return to the earth. A few of these historical structures are being preserved for the future.

New Mexico wildflowers abound New Mexico's high country

During the summer months, the mountains around Taos explode with colorful wildflowers. As you hike along the trails, you may see yellow, purple and pink blooms in an amazing range of shapes and sizes. If you really slow down and look, you may notice even more flowers and learn something about nature, too.
Travel

A trip around 'Ancestral Circle'

To visit the densest settlements in North America of a thousand years ago, you have to travel through some of the most sparsely populated areas in New Mexico today.

Aztec Ruins National Monument holds first meteor shower party

AZTEC, N.M. - The Perseid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth in early August, and some New Mexicans were fortunate enough to see the show among the work of the ancients.

Reflections of a Taoseño in Idaho during the 'Great American Eclipse'

Some people called it the "Great American Eclipse." Others feared it would be an "eclipsocalypse," meaning there was concern infrastructure would be crippled in areas within the path of totality, where …
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