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In the kitchen
The Bandol region in southeast France makes rosé (and a glorious one) and even some white wines, but its powerful, inky, gamy red is undeniably its star.

Think beyond rosé for wines from Provence

Think of Provence, and you probably think of lavender fields, ample sunshine, charming villages and rosé wine. The majority of wine made in Provence is pink, and for good reason. It's hot there, at least in the summer, and rosé is notably refreshing. Rosé also pairs well with the cuisine of the region: bouillabaisse and rosé. Yes, please!
Pan de muertos is a sweet, soft roll sprinkled with sugar (white or colored), glaze or icing, and covered with bone-shaped decorations.

Day of the Dead: the richness of the ritual

Day of the Dead evokes images of loved ones, wax-dripping candles and tantalizing smells coming from the kitchen. Sheets of colorful tissue paper, cut into elaborate designs. Little sugar skulls, too extravagantly ornamented to be edible, but pretty nonetheless. Flower arrangements, generally featuring marigolds or cempasúchil.
Lucy HerrmanA Mexican flourless chocolate cake, which is more of a custard than a cake.

A feast for the living on Day of the Dead

Although celebrated in many countries around the world, here in New Mexico, and especially in Taos, Day of the Dead is special. For some private, and for others public, Día de los Muertos is welcomed with festivities all around town. Ofrendas (altars) spring up, decorated with flowers, sugar skulls, photographs, candles, tissue paper flags and the favorite foods of the departed.
Home & Garden
Each type of bulb should be planted at a specific depth so read the package as you prepare to plant.

Plant bulbs now for colorful spring

Winter is coming but by late February and March there are just times you need a little pop of color to brighten your day. And frankly I get hungry for color at the end of winter. A solution for this is planting bulbs.
Snow decorating a bush honeysuckle that also has berries on it for the birds.

Autumn garden cleanup do's and don'ts

Frost has arrived signaling the end of the growing season and time for garden cleanup. There are two schools of thought about fall chores. One calls for a …

Los Jardineros: Celebrating autumn, preparing gardens

The autumnal equinox occurred on Sept. 21 and we've said goodbye to the summer sun while those cooler evenings and mornings let us know the beautiful fall days are here. So take …
Health & fitness

What is the difference between sadness and depression?

This column seeks to help educate our community about emotional healing through grief. People may write questions to Golden Willow Retreat and they will be answered privately to you and possibly as a future article for others. Please list a first name that grants permission for printing.

How the seasons impact your emotional stability

This column seeks to help educate our community about emotional healing through grief. People may write questions to Golden Willow Retreat and they will be answered privately to you and possibly as a future article for others. Please list a first name that grants permission for printing.
Courtesy photoFrom left, Damika Martinez is leading Mama while classmate Sophia Montoya is leading Micky.

Ponies help Enos students thrive

The shiny blue pickup drives into the Enos Garcia Elementary School parking lot pulling a large red horse trailer. Out steps Madalena Miera, a CCSS Taos Behavioral Health worker, who opens the gate to lead out two miniature horses, Mama and Mickey. Across the lot dash a group of smiling elementary students with joy in their eyes. The pony therapy session is beginning.
Great outdoors
Courtesy imageThe female northern flicker looks the same as the male but lacks the male's red mustache.

Fascinating flickers abundant in Northern New Mexico

The northern flicker is the only woodpecker to regularly feed on the ground. It has a long, barbed tongue that it uses to dig in the dirt to lap up ants. Don't be surprised to scare up a flicker or two while strolling in the woods or along wooded edges.
Courtesy photoA male red-winged blackbird. Some of the common birds particularly affected by environmental changes in recent decades include meadowlarks, dark-eyed juncos, horned larks and red-winged blackbirds, all birds we see in New Mexico.

We are the canaries in the coal mine

Over the past half-century, North America has lost almost 30 percent of its bird population, or around 3 billion birds, according to a new study published last month.
James Taulman/Courtesy photoGreen darner dragonfly, named after its resemblance to a darning needle.

Wildlife notes: Green darner dragonfly, an ancient predator

Green darner dragonfly, an ancient predatorThe common, but beautiful green darner dragonfly (Anax junius) migrates from the northern United States down into Texas, Mexico and Central America, …
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