In the kitchen

Drink Deep: Visit to Galicia results in discovery of delicious wines

I don’t usually go for wine tourism. Sure, as a wine professional, it can be fun to visit the places where the products I sell are made. But, really, going to wineries on vacation sometimes …

Melting Pot: Accommodating dietary issues to make everyone happy

Cooking for friends gives me much pleasure. Whether simple or sublime, the food for a dinner party can express friendship and affection. I love to create special menus for my guests, coordinating …

Warmed by the hearth, inspired by Taos

Julia Collier began her culinary career at a young age. She was only 12 years old when she started helping at The High Country, the Chama restaurant that her mother managed. She did everything …

Taos' El Monte Sagrado has a new executive chef

Cristina Martinez has joined the El Monte Sagrado Resort & Spa in Taos as its new executive chef.  Martinez, a Native New Mexican, opened her own catering company at 18 years old, …

Melting Pot: In praise of chicken soup

The holidays are over. After weeks of cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner and taking care of others, I am left with the leftovers and dishes after everyone has gone home. And while I enjoyed watching movies and playing a host of board games, I now …

Drink Deep: A toast to Champagne’s unique, luscious history

You’ve read it here before, but every year around this time, I find myself reminding people: Sparkling wine, that delightful, frothy beverage that elevates holidays and celebrations, was discovered by accident. Many people, especially Moët and …
Home & Garden

Tree Talk: We want your feedback on presence of Siberian elm in Taos

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) was originally introduced to New Mexico under the name “Chinese elm” beginning in the early 1900s. Much to our confusion, the original name has more commonly …

The roots of greatness: Four tree-mendous giants hold national crown for size

More than a century ago, about the time New Mexico became a state, a Goodding black willow sapling emerged naturally — or was planted by a resident — along an earthen irrigation ditch near the center of Taos. It survived through drought, …

You can attain a certified wildlife garden habitat

The National Wildlife Federation offers a “Garden for Wildlife” program. If the criteria exist in your backyard or farm, you can get your yard certified through a simple application process and it can become an educational tool. A plaque placed …

Prepare for the unknown: Find inner tranquility and outer harmony in Taos

With the beginning of the new year, we feel the need to get rid of the old and make room for the new. As we take down our holiday decorations, we may crave order and simplicity. Pearl Huang of Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts says that in her …

Taos Herb: The bitter truth about herbs and digestion

Bitter is a taste that has become so foreign to most of us that when I ask people if they know what tastes bitter, I get answers like “lemons” and “vinegar.” Perhaps you know those as sour tastes — just one of the six basic tastes that …

Hot, dry cough? Try this featured herb.

• Mullein, miner’s candlestick, velvet plant, blanket leaf • Spanish: punchón, gordolobo • Family: scrophulariaceae (figwort family) • Genus and species: verbascum thapsus Mullein grows throughout the world, growing from sea …
Health & fitness

Summit stress one mountain at a time by inviting nature in

It’s toasty warm inside my car when I pull over on the side of the icy road and kill the engine. My dog is whimpering with excitement as she looks out at the fields of snow. She wants to run …

Apitherapy: Healing with nature

It seems that humans have always been fascinated by bees and the honey they make. “There’s honey that has been found in Egyptian tombs that is over 3,000 years old and the honey is still edible. Pure, raw honey never goes bad and has an …

Daily practices that could reverse or prevent Alzheimer’s

As promised in my last column, here are the daily practices that I have used to reverse early Alzheimer’s. I continue to practice these action steps to keep the Alzheimer’s gene I inherited in the “off” position. To make them into habits, …

Elixir of life through the power of plants

Healing with herbs is based on the idea that plants hold the key for good health – and even perhaps a touch of magic and the ability to transform us. There is a long tradition of folk healing in Taos with generations-old remedies still used at …

Curanderismo: Ancient wisdom for modern problems

Healing with herbs and rituals has been practiced for thousands of years by Native peoples. The tradition continues as herbalists and curanderos make use of old wisdom and apply it to the emotional and physical problems people face today. Dr. …

Residents have one more chance to vote on trails plan

Taos-area residents will have another chance to weigh in on regional trail and conservation plans for the area next week. The Taos Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land are hosting the last in a series of meetings to gather community input on …
Great outdoors

Lace it up and get outside: Discover the ins and outs of snowshoeing in the Taos area

The sun is out. The snow is deep. It is time to snowshoe! As the snow continues to accumulate, hiking can become more difficult. But if you have snowshoes, you can still get outside to enjoy the …

Elk: Wild, gorgeous, show-stopping creatures

The first time I got really up close and personal with an elk was in the middle of the night on State Road 522 between Costilla and El Rito. The second time I got up close and personal with an elk was 5 miles south on the very same road.

Powder puts Taos Ski Valley’s tubing park in full slide

Snow tubing has come to Taos Ski Valley. Officials have opened the Strawberry Hill Tubing Park for those who want a bit of an alternative to other snow activities. The all-ages activity is available starting Jan. 5. Officials said snow tubing …

At Acoma Pueblo, the famed ‘Sky City’ tells stories new and old

"Looking northward from Aacqu and the tall rock monolith on which the mother pueblo sits, there is an opening, like a gateway, between two mesas. Looking northward, too, from Aacqu, one can see Kaweshtima — Snow Peaked — a dark blue misted …

Poor health of forests attributed to exclusion of wildfire

We often hear that the poor state of health of much of our forest area is due to the exclusion of wildfire as a result of the aggressive fire control policy of forest managers in recent decades. Blame it on Smokey Bear? There seems to be …

Tree Talk: The Christmas tree

The Christmas tree offers an undeniable contribution to our celebration of the Christmas holiday. The familiar symbolism of a Nativity scene is accompanied by colorfully adorned evergreen trees to create an unmistakable feeling for us that says, …
Travel

Rosca de Reyes: Three Kings Cake a sweet tradition for Taos family business

My Mexican friends boast that their Christmas season lasts for almost a month. Celebrations start on Dec. 12, the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. They continue with Las Posadas, a nine-day re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to …

Forget post-holiday sales: Find the best deals at local boat shows

(BPT) - Post-holiday sales aren’t the only deals to be found during the winter months. Starting in January, boat shows take place across the country. They offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year — a major draw for the …

Resolutions on the road: Cruising into 2017 with plans for better car care

(BPT) - Every new year brings a flurry of resolutions, and Hankook Tire checked out the road-related improvements Americans resolve to make happen in 2017. Whether you’re looking to save money or are determined to make that cross-country road trip …

Embark on winter hiking at the La Cieneguilla petroglyph site

The signature of history is always present in the landscape of New Mexico. The La Cieneguilla petroglyph site contains hundreds of rock carvings left by local pueblo peoples and travelers as they passed the rock volcanic cliffs of La Bajada near …

Wintery Wisconsin: 5 vacation destinations that can help you relax

(BPT) - It may sound contrary to the holiday hype, but the winter season following the holidays can be a perfect time for a relaxing, soul-soothing getaway. Research cited by the American Psychological Association shows stress increases for many …
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