In the kitchen

A wine snob gives boxed vino a try and (kind of) likes it

It will not surprise you to know that I am a wine snob. I can't help it. It just goes with the territory. But being a snob does not mean that I am not willing to expand my horizons from time to time and try something about which I may have …

Summer salad picnic splendid way to enjoy outdoors

Midsummer is a splendid time for a picnic under the trees. Whether planning to bring a movable feast to one of Taos' multitude of outdoor concerts or inviting a few friends over for a backyard get-together, I love the simplicity of eating outdoors. You can keep things effortless and still reap the benefits of breathing in the fresh air and the convivial atmosphere.

New barbecue restaurant, SmokeHouse, makes a Texas-sized impression in Red River

Venture off the main drag of Red River and onto Pioneer Road, and you might be drawn in by the powerful aroma coming from SmokeHouse, a restaurant established in June 2017 by Red River …

Summertime wine: Italy’s Trentino-Alto Adige region

Last month when I was preparing for my article, it was snowing. This month, I was taking shelter from the blazing sun and in search of the perfect wine to help me endure the summer heat. I found that …

Gadgets to make cooking fun

A good sharp knife, a whisk and a meat thermometer are among the must-have items in any well-equipped kitchen, according to many chefs.But what about the gadgets that are kooky, cool and just fun while still having a measure of practicality? Every …

Guadalajara Grill and Chef Solís: The rhythm of cooking

Guadalajara Grill del Sur has been serving Taoseños for about 22 years. The family's culinary tradition started with a taco stand. Even today, when the family goes back to Guadalajara, people welcome them by saying, "Here come the taqueros."

Solar cooking, sustainable living

On the East Coast, when the mercury rises above 90 degrees, they hunker down indoors, avoiding both the heat and the humidity. But here in Taos, we revel in the warmth of the sun and take …

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 …
Home & Garden
Tree Talk

Summertime care for quaking aspen trees

Taos residents love quaking aspen trees (Populus tremuloides). Their care can be challenging during the heat and dryness of the summer. Let’s start with the aspen tree profile. Aspen …
SIDETRACK

Estafiate good for digestion, coughs

Spanish: estafiate English: sacred sage, South Dakota sage, man sage, silver wormwood, prairie sage Family: Asteraceae Genus and species: Artemisia ludoviciana Estafiate is common …

New hydroponic greenhouse in San Cristobal grows ‘supercharged’ produce

Retired editor and Taos resident Michael Burwell has been wearing a hearing aid since 1998. He had long established a routine in which he removed his hearing aid before going to sleep, after which he …
Health & fitness

Mountain biking a great way to enjoy Taos Valley, get fit

The Taos Valley has a plethora of trails suitable for mountain bikes. The trails available to mountain bikers run through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, across sagebrush flats and into the steep, rocky Río Grande Gorge. Shari Heier, who works …

Wild Earth Remedies: Pure skin care from the Sangre de Cristos

The plants we need to bring us health grow nearby in our ecosystem, says herbalist Cindy Stone. Through her business, Wild Earth Remedies, Stone uses the herbs she gathers in the …

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 …
Great outdoors

Solar eclipse countdown

A total solar eclipse is coming up next month. I am really, really thrilled. Here's why.
Great Outdoors

Mountain bikers take over Angel Fire slopes

Charging down the mountain on two-wheeled beasts, armored up in full-body pads and covered in mud are downhill riders from Angel Fire’s biking trails. When the snow melts and the …

Who maintains 613 miles of trails in the Carson National Forest?

In June, Taoseño Tom Mavilia assisted Craig Saum and Ian Barbosa, both Carson National Forest rangers, with a group of volunteers who came to Taos from many towns and cities around New Mexico to spend their weekend maintaining the hiking trails that are such an integral part of life up here in Northern New Mexico.
Travel

Summer hiking: Trampas Lakes

To wake up on a sunny morning at Trampas Lakes is to start the day amid some of the most glorious natural beauty in Northern New Mexico. The two lakes sit at the base of the towering Truchas Peaks, which extend beyond 13,000 feet in elevation.

Eclipse countdown

A total solar eclipse is coming up next month.I am really, really thrilled. Here's why. During a solar eclipse, the moon maneuvers between Earth and the sun, throwing a band of shadow, the umbra, onto Earth's surface. For the lucky folks in the direct path of the eclipse -- the path of totality -- it's sure to be an awe-inspiring and otherworldly event. The sun will appear as a black disk and it'll be dark enough to see the stars.

Propolis resin from trees antibacterial, antifungal

Propolis is a dark brown to red sticky resin that honeybees collect from a variety of trees - including cottonwood, aspen and birch - for use in the beehive. It used to be thought that this resin was used just to seal the cracks and …
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