In the kitchen

Book review: Death Comes in Through the Kitchen

When American journalist Matt Sullivan arrives in Havana in the spring of 2003, he's carrying a second-hand wedding dress, a suitcase filled with pots, pans, …

Batter breads

Batter breads are great to eat anytime, but especially in the winter, when baking them warms the kitchen as well as the soul.When my children were young, I tried to limit their intake of sweets. And …
Drink Deep

Chenin blanc: Versatile grape, varied wine

Chenin Blanc is a grape of great and varied potential.It can make wine that is very dry or very sweet, still or bubbly, impressively complex or simple. It can age beautifully in the bottle from 40 to …

Barley wine: Beer or wine?

Wine is wine, and beer is beer, and never the two shall meet. Right? Not so fast. While there are certainly distinctions between the two, there's more overlap than …

Onion Cookbook by former Santa Feans

All food begins with onions. Well, most food, anyway. Almost every savory dish in the world begins with a base of some kind of allium, a genus that includes onions, …
In the Kitchen

One-pot meals to make you swoon

Simplicity has become my daily calling card.

Eating 'clean'

'Clean eating,' a food craze that gained momentum and popularity in 2017...

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.
Home & Garden

Tea from escoba de la vibora helps ailments

Escoba de la vibora blooms bright yellow in September and October in northern New Mexico. You will notice it out in the dry places where chamiso (sagebrush) has been cleared and in overgrazed areas.

Exploring the ancient art of naming plants

Now that we are well into winter and can't see many wildflowers, although thanks to the warm temps they are blooming at lower elevations already, let's consider the wildflowers of summer and how they …
Tree Talk

Driest winter in three decades challenges Taos tree community

Walking outside Wednesday (Feb. 7), the weather felt like spring instead of winter. Yes, this winter has had some freezing nights, but overall it's been more spring-like and dry. This soil dryness …
Health & fitness
Tips to Grow Younger

Laughing at gravity

Skin sliding south? Yep, me too. That's okay - it's what gravity does. Inevitable, like death and taxes. When I was younger, I got a facelift, but at 81, it doesn't make much sense. I'm happy with who …

Living with food sensitivities

Food gives us pleasure and is essential to our survival. However, depletion of our soils and other effects of our lifestyles seem to be producing an increased incident of food sensitivities.If you …

Recognizing the pain of shingles, treating the virus

Is it a spider bite? A burn? Did your dog cuddle up after running through poison ivy?Shingles causes a special kind of pain, and it's always interesting to see what it gets …
Great outdoors

Trekking the Taos Valley Overlook

In the winter, the wide, sage-covered mesa is quiet and windswept, allowing the echoes of the past to be heard.The land now known as the Taos Valley Overlook area south of town holds a network of …

Getting to know Pisces

When our movements are slow and the space around us so big that the swimming descent seems infinite, it must be Pisces season.

The power of powder

A weekend of clear skies -- no, a whole season free of storms, clouds and snow -- finally gave way to winter Saturday night (Jan. 20). By the time folks in Northern New Mexico woke up on Sunday, the …
Tips to Grow Younger

Ancient secret for growing younger

Fourteen years ago when I happened onto the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation in a book by Peter Kelder, I knew instinctively these exercises would help me grow younger, and they have.Known as The Five …

Taoseños talk tips for raising backyard chickens

I first became aware that many people in Taos raise chickens when my new neighbors broughttheir birds over from their previous house. They built the chicken pen up against our shared fence, which …
Taos Herb

Nettles, Stinging Nettles

Ortegilla (Spanish). Family: Urticaceae. Genus/species: Urtica dioica.
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