In the kitchen
In the Kitchen

Croquetas, those yummy rolls of goodness

Now that fall is coming, and we have eaten enough fresh salads and enjoyed our share of healthy smoothies, it’s time for a little indulgence in the form of …

Use up those apricots with this jam

Some friends recently gave us about five pounds of freshly picked apricots. I used half of them for cobbler and made the rest into jam. Everyone in Taos seems to be overwhelmed by the …
Since it's summer, I thought about dining al fresco in the backyard, and selected fried chicken, potato salad, and fruit crisp for my paleo picnic.

Eat your way to health, the way your ancestors did

For most of humanity's two-million-year or so existence, we were hunter-gatherers, whose main diet consisted of protein, tree fruits, roots and nuts -- the original Paleo diet. Only since the …
Home & Garden
Nan FischerCovering a fall garden with straw mulch helps protect plants from frost, which can damage roots and reduce a total harvest.

Protect your plants: first frost is around the corner

As I write this, the forecast is for another 89-degree day, the umpteenth in a row. A weak monsoon season has not brought relief each afternoon, so it seems like it will never cool …
Nan FischerZinnias are among many flower and herb varieties that make excellent cut flowers that last a long time.

Beautiful blooms year-round

Do you cut flowers from your borders to bring inside and end up leaving empty spaces that affect the overall design? Do you spend too much money buying bouquets? Would you …

Herb of the Month

Valerian, Fragrant Valerian Spanish: Valeriana Family: Valerianaceae Genus & Species Valeriana acutiloba, Valeriana arizonica, Valeriana edulis Valerian is one of the best-known medicinal herbs, …
Health & fitness

'Be here now' is a prescription for youthfulness

We all have a repetitious flow of thoughts pouring through our minds every waking moment. Often these thoughts keep us from being here now. And our absence from the present moment is what's keeping …
I have a mouth-watering, easy way to get a ton of nutrition from this summer harvest and help you grow younger: make green smoothies.
Growing Younger

Drink your greens for youthfulness

Summertime and the livin' is easy. We don't have to worry about slipping and sliding on the ice and can enjoy getting caught in a rain shower. Just raise your face to the sky, stick out your tongue, …
Courtesy photoX-ray of Jamie Ash's broken ankle. She was an experienced hiker who was injured in the backcountry north of Taos.

Tips for surviving an injury in the high country

Jamie Ash was high up on the Deer Creek Trail in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness on a recent Mayday. She had hiked alone from the trailhead at the Columbine Campground …
Great outdoors
Ellen Miller GoinsAn Aspen bolete is one of many varieties of edible mushrooms growing wild in the mountains around Taos.

What to do with those marvelous wild mushrooms

Story and photos by Ellen Miller GoinsThe skies threaten afternoon rain and Moreno Valley wind gusts hard when I pull up to the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast to collect Henrik and Lone Krarup for an …
James TaulmanA green heron contemplates its next trick for catching a daily fish meal.

Green heron knows how to use tools

The green heron (Butorides virescens) is small and winters in southern New Mexico and appears throughout the state during migration to eastern breeding grounds. The green heron feeds on aquatic prey …
Cindy BrownAnnamiles Coxe and her llama, Denali, from Wild Earth Llama Adventures enjoy a trek in the forest near Taos.

Connecting with nature: llama trekking

A day spent trekking with llamas through the woods resets the rhythm of the body to a more ancient and natural pace. Under a blue sky in the quiet forest, distractions fade and the pace …
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