In the kitchen

Bring on the heat

I don't know about you, but the recent spate of wintry weather has made me weary! One day, we're shedding our shoes in favor of sandals, getting out the gardening tools and eagerly planting basil. The next day, we're …

Song's restaurant: Asian fusion cuisine in the heart of Taos

The battered shrimp was crispy, golden, lacy. It dissolved in my mouth, soft and slightly spicy. The dipping sauces (there were two kinds) accentuated the flavor. The dish came with a green salad, artistically …
Side dish

Cooking like a pro with a few key tips

A lot of us want to be better cooks, but don't have time or money to binge-watch Food Network shows, study at Le Cordon Bleu of London or experiment with five-course meals.So what are frustrated (and often hungry) would-be chefs to do?Plenty of …

High-altitude winemaking challenges not for the faint of heart

Here in Taos, we know something about altitude. We know the thinner atmosphere gives us our stunningly blue skies and gives our visitors headaches. We know the altitude can make our baked goods go wonky and one drink feel like two to flatlanders. …
In The Kitchen

Chef Martinez helms the kitchen at De la Tierra

Cristina Martinez felt the pull of the kitchen early on. The new executive chef at El MonteSagrado Resort & Spa has been cooking for about 17 years. "My mom used to cook for many church groups and I started helping her when I was very young," …

Remembrance of pizza past

As someone who grew up in Chicago, I thought I knew something about pizza. For a long time, in fact, I thought it was invented there. And why not? We have every kind: deep-dish, stuffed, thin crust, wood fired. Much to my surprise, though, there …

Antonio’s: The Taste of Mexico serves up an experience true to its name

Every Mexican dish has a story to tell, and after five restaurant locations and more than 30 years in a business that often trades cultural traditions for culinary trends, chef Antonio Matus remains …

Discovering Alsace wines

To the east, the Rhine River. To the west, the Vosges Mountains. Alsace is at once a curious hybrid of French and German influences — having belonged to both at various times in history — and a …

The rocky road to delicious deviled eggs

In the next few weeks, many of us will have more eggs than we know how to eat. After a steady diet of hard-boiled eggs, egg salad and sliced eggs in salads, I know I always look forward to making …
Melting Pot

‘Leftovers surprise’

Recently, as I often do, I made breakfast using the leftovers of the evening before in an egg scramble.  The only thing was that the leftovers were a bit unusual to include in an egg dish. …
Home & Garden

Know before you spray

Springtime and summer mean weeds. For a lot of people, that means pulling out the chemical herbicide to spray the plants into submission instead of the hard work of pulling the weeds out by the roots. But those …

Local expert provides tips on using feng shui

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Your surroundings, particularly your home, may have something to do with it. Feng shui consultant Sheryl Bhame talks about how this traditional Chinese art of harmonious …

Getting acquainted with 'terror of the earth'

Terror of the earth, goat's head sticker, puncture vine (English)Tríbulo (Spanish)Tribulus terrestris (genus/species)Zygophyllaceae (family)You might think that you don't know Tribulus terrestris, a flat-ground-hugging little plant with yellow …
Health & fitness

High Frequency Loft: Fitness fusion

Fusion, Noun: the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. Adjective: referring to food or cooking that incorporates elements of diverse cuisines. Source: Google. At High Frequency …

Reducing stress through exercise, good food, meditation

Nothing ages you faster than stress! How do we know? Well, let's back up for a second and look at the science of aging. DNA is the genetic material that makes up the chromosomes, and each chromosome starts out with a lengthy protective cap - a …

Going outdoors?

Summer is finally here and the sun invites us all outside to play, run, hike and bike. Sure, a nice tan is good for the ego of those of us not blessed with dark skin. But sun-browned skin ages faster and can actually turn deadly. Sun damage can lead …
Great outdoors

Dark skies: connected to the past and future

In Taos, we enjoy darker skies than many places on earth. Growing up seeing stars and planets as familiar landmarks or coming here and glimpsing the Milky Way for the first time can bring feelings of …

Sidetrack: Gemini

In the astrological zodiac, the sun moved from the earth sign of Taurus into the air sign of Gemini on Saturday (May 20). When people talk about their “sign,” they’re usually …

Martens: Curious critters in the mountains of Taos

A trail of animal tracks in the deep snow caught the attention of Brian Long, a wildlife biologist and avid researcher. The tracks led him up a familiar mountain. He’d climbed it lots of times …
Travel

'Taos Community Tree Care Project' underway

The "Taos Community Tree Care Project" is well underway toward growing a healthier tree care program in the town of Taos. Thanks to enthusiastic participation in community meetings, the work of numerous volunteers and …

Bees: Messengers of love

"For bees, the flower is the fountain of life;For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love."- Kahlil Gibran, poetThe relationship that bees have with flowers is very much like the …

Ute Mountain

Finding the trail up Ute Mountain is a challenge well-worth taking on for the views at the top.
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