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In the kitchen
File photoA plate of fresh biscochitos, the quintessential New Mexican holiday cookie, is served to local judges at Taos Herb Company's annual biscochito contest.

Bakers vie for Taos biscochito title

It's that delicious time of year, when a group of hard-core Taos bakers gather for one of the most competitive events in the region - the annual biscochito contest at Taos Herb Company.
Lucy HerrmanA chile-spiced turkey will give the Thanksgiving meal a decidedly New Mexico flavor. After rubbing with chile spice rub, drape in a butter-soaked cheesecloth, which will keep the turkey moist while baking.

Let's talk turkey

Countdown to Turkey Day has begun. A turkey is one of the most common main courses for many holiday meals. According to the National Turkey Federation, a huge percentage of this country's population -- about 88 percent -- eat turkey for Thanksgiving. Over 52 million turkeys were consumed for Thanksgiving in 2018. Another 22 million were eaten at Christmas and 19 million for Easter. That's a lot of bird!
Lucy HerrmanPumpkin Cheesecake is the perfect dessert to finish off a New Mexico flavor Thanksgiving dinner. The great thing about this dessert is that it can be made a day ahead.

Pumpkin Cheesecake: An easy alternative to pie

For some people, Thanksgiving would not be complete without at least one kind of pie -- pumpkin. While I'm very fond of pumpkin pie, sometimes I want to present something a little more decadent. So this Thanksgiving, I am serving Pumpkin Cheesecake.
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
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsGreta Allen of Red River practices poses Friday (Nov. 15) at Taos Aerial Gym.

Grace in the air

There's something celestial about the Taos Aerial Gym. On a recent afternoon, the high-ceilinged space tucked away on Bertha Street was decorated with sparkling white lights and music played softly. Four women twirled and spun high up in the air on brilliantly colored blue, magenta and purple silk fabrics.

Holidays - the emotional roller coaster

Dear Dr. Ted: 'Tis the season to be jolly has hit me like a fist in my belly. Why is it that I'm already anticipating a difficult emotional roller coaster as the holidays arrive? This year I had a loved one die and all I can think of is her every time there is hint of the holidays. Why is it that this happens?
shutterstockRecognizing the signs of concussion and getting treatment is important, according to a recent press release from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Some of the early signs of concussion can include nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, difficulty focusing, fatigue, sensitivity to light and noise, blurry vision or ringing in the ears, mood swings and insomnia.

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Enroll now for health insurance Taos County residents and all New Mexicans have until Dec. 15 to sign up for health insurance or to change their current plan.
Great outdoors
James TaulmanAbert's squirrels take their food to nests in treetops.

Speedy Abert's squirrels build treetop nests

Abert's squirrel (Sciurus aberti), also called the tassel-eared squirrel, inhabits dry ponderosa pine forests of New Mexico and extends up into Colorado, Utah and northern Arizona. There are four separate populations of Abert's squirrels across their range, all occurring in areas where ponderosa pine forests are present.
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.
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