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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! more
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. more
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. more
A few years ago, my husband spotted a sign along the Rim Road in Des Montes: "FREE!" Not one to pass up a bargain, he stopped the car and discovered a large box filled with zucchini … more
Wine grapes have been grown in what is now Austria for thousands of years, cultivated by Celtic tribes even before the Romans infiltrated the region. And with a history that long, there have to have … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
Apricots, which probably originated in China, have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. In "Gardens of New Spain," a comprehensive study of the movement … more
Stone fruits are coming into season in Northern New Mexico -- and the spring rains should deliver abundant summer crops of apricots, peaches, nectarines and … more
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