In the kitchen
You can't go wrong by smothering bone-in pork chops in a paste of herbs, garlic and spices, and allowing some time for the seasonings to do their job. Cover and refrigerate them for at least an hour or up to a day, then allow to come to room temperature before grilling.
In the kitchen

Recipe: An easy Valentine's menu that's sure to please

This year, my menu features grilled bone-in pork chops, which my husband just loves.
File photoChocolate reigns supreme as the queen of culinary aphrodisiacs. So don't skimp on the chocolate for your sweetie on Valentine's Day.
In the kitchen

A little food for your love

Some of the more popular aphrodisiacs (like chocolate, chile peppers and maca, a Peruvian root) have a scientific basis for their claims
Albariño flourishes in the northwestern quadrant of the Iberian Peninsula, particularly in the Spanish region of Galicia and northern Portugal. Highly aromatic, a glass of albariño often smells of orange blossom and the sea.
Wine column

Albariño – a white wine fit for winter too

It’s cold out; why drink cold wine? But whether the dish you’re serving doesn’t lend itself to red, or it’s all you have in the house, there is still a place for white wine, even in the depths of winter.
Home & Garden
Hop vines derived from plants of the New Mexico subspecies are grown at the Cotyledon Farm, in Llano San Juan.
Wonderful world of native plants

Native or not: Hops in New Mexico

The question came up in conversation on a recent field trip, whether hops are native to New Mexico. Hops are added during the brewing process to stabilize and flavor beer and to add bitterness.
Two species of elderberries grow wild in New Mexico. The black elderberry grows in southern New Mexico and is both edible and medicinal. The red elderberry grows in northern New Mexico and should be avoided as it can mimic poison if eaten.
Taos Herb

Herb of the month: Elderberry

Two species of elderberry grow wild in New Mexico: Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa).
ShutterstockThe beginning of the new year signals a time to declutter their homes, studios, and offices and to begin again with a feeling of order and optimism.

Need some New Year order in your life? Decluttering is key

It is time to clean out the old to make room for the new. We asked several local experts for their advice on how to get started organizing your life, including your home computer.
Health & fitness
Special Kids Section

Mother Earth to humans: ‘Let’s take a walk’

Nature is a joyful thing, like when we go skiing or take a hike. Other times, it’s super scary, like during a bad storm. And the environment is always changing, meaning we can always learn new …
The author, Eliana Kaysing, pauses mid-build for a photo in her snow dome, also known as an igloo. courtesy Photo
Special Kids Section

Make your own snow dome

Materials needed: Epic snowfall, plastic bucket, lots of time and proper outdoor wear (gloves, big jacket, hat, scarf and snow boots).
“When we’re in the air, it feels like we’re flying. When we’re upside down, it feels like we’re swimming in the Atlantic Ocean,” wrote the authors of this story. See an upcoming performance at the Peñasco Theatre Collective.
Special Kids Section

Peñasco Theatre Collective aerial gym awaits students

The trapeze and fabrics move through the space rapidly as the students prepare for their upcoming performances in March.
Great outdoors
"The problem with polar bears is that their habitat is not stable," writes the author.
Special Kids Section

Polar bears: the bare facts about climate change

If you're like me, a world without polar bears would be pretty lame. Right now these big animals are in danger from climate change, aka global warming.
Sixth-graders from Taos International School ham it up after studying garbology. COURTESY photo
Special Kids Section

Taos International sixth-graders learn about 'garbology'

Garbology is the study of garbage. Where does all of our garbage go after we throw it away?
Flora Mack is traveling with her family to Peru this summer to document the effects of climate change, melting glaciers and flooding on villages there.
Special Kids Section

Just how 'natural' are natural disasters?

Some of the rise in water is caused by glaciers melting. Glaciers are melting faster because the atmosphere is getting hotter and hotter from the greenhouse gas emissions. This is mostly humans' fault.
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