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 …
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 …
Health & fitness

Tips for a lifestyle of wellness: Do better, be better and feel better

The human body is of immaculate design. The miracles of its functions are amazing. We should recognize that in its beautiful system, the human body was not intended to break down in the middle of …
Tips to Grow Younger

Beware; I almost got scammed – twice

‘Oh, yeah … the grandparent scheme,” the FBI agent said to me when I called to report that I almost fell for a scam for more than $3,000 – in cash! I’m smarter than …

Health care briefs: Positive metrics for youth; dental health in the spotlight

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) said it has seen improved health outcomes in key areas for New Mexico’s youth, including reduced rates of obesity, pregnancy, smoking and others. Two …
Great outdoors

What’s your fire IQ?

If fire was a big deal when Firewise was created over 30 years ago, today that concern is magnified by multitudes. And regardless of the debate about building homes in fire-prone forests, the vast majority of development in states like New Mexico in the coming decades is expected to happen in the wildland-urban interface.

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.
Travel

El Prado has a ‘new’ CrossFit gym

Married couple Emily Murphy-Darling and Ben Nichols have quietly opened a new CrossFit gym in El Prado. Well, it’s new in a few ways. Darling’s sister is Rachel Singer, who operated …

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 …

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, …
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