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In the kitchen
Courtesy photoSauteed veggies is a delicious, nutritious stay-at-home meal during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Kitchen

Cooking in corona times: 'Feasting like hermit queens'

If we happen to peek into the kitchen of Margaret J. Hansen and Karen Zakar, who are kinesiology chiropractors at NorthStar Plaza in Taos, we would see both of them, their two good-humored papillons and one elderly apple-faced Siamese cat.
ShutterstockToday, vinegar is often used to clean, pickle and preserve -- but its most important function may be to bring out the flavor of many different kinds of dishes.

Choose your vinegar

From its origins as a rare and valuable condiment in ancient Mesopotamia to its use as a remedy for the bubonic plague and evolution into an everyday drink for the poor in the Middle Ages, vinegar has made an appearance in almost every culture, and every cuisine, around the world.
ShutterstockThe barbera grape can produce a spectrum of wines, depending on where and how it's grown. Most vines produce better wine if pruned -- the fewer grape bunches on a vine, the more resources the vine has to give to those grapes.

Explore two varieties of the food-friendly, rich barbera grape

It's no surprise that two wines made from the same grape can taste vastly different from each other.
Home & Garden
Vadito, New Mexico, bee researcher Melanie Kirby with beekeeping brothers, Antonio and Francisco Velasquez, checking on their beehives in Alora, Andalucía.Courtesy Melanie Kirby

Local beekeeper's research takes new form

Taos News spoke with Vadito, New Mexico, beekeeper Melanie Kirby as she prepared to go to Spain to study honeybees on a Fulbright scholarship in 2019. One topic she was …
Courtesy Sarah NelsonA male Bullock's oriole in the area eats from an orange. The birds, which are prevalent in Northern New Mexico in spring, also will feed on grape jelly.

For the Birds

Mid-May is peak migration and we are seeing a flood of colorful birds in Northern New Mexico. The eye-popping Bullock's oriole is showing up at area backyards, some to nest and others stopping before farther migration.
Tulips gone by and ready to be deadheaded, leaving the lush foliage behind.

Busy in the garden in the merry month of May

I'm not sure how merry the month of May is this year, but gardening goes on. This is the big planting month. Aside from providing food and beauty for …
Health & fitness
Courtesy photo'I have learned that owning your own business requires more time, money and energy than I anticipated,' Mirabal said a few days before she had to close the FreeWorld Fitness gym on Doña Ana Drive in early April due in part to restrictions put in place by the state to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health & Fitness

Summer Mirabal: 'Working out helps me reset'

The world influences us in many ways, driving us to create art, to improve ourselves and our surroundings, to help our communities and the people within them. For some, that influence, or inspiration, comes from nature; for others it may come from their spirituality, heritage or culture. Summer Mirabal found inspiration in the people she influenced at her gym.
As Taos Herb Company co-owner Rob Hawley said in his My Turn op-ed piece (Taos News, March 26-April 1) and as he reiterated April 2 by email, alternative medicine advocates like himself “believe strongly that there are many things that can be done to help support a body’s immune system.”
La Vida: Health & Fitness

Integrated approaches to Western and Eastern medicine

People have been mixing Western and Eastern approaches to health care forever. Tai chi, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, breathing exercises and a bastion of herbs are often used to contribute to many people’s wellness in Taos and the world over.
Courtesy Cindy BrownDr. Shane Lieberman of the Supportive Care Dept. at the Franklin Medical Center in Denver.
Health and Fitness

Dealing with unknowns when a family member has cancer

My world changed radically on a December morning last year. I was on my way to the toy store to finish my holiday shopping before heading to Colorado …
Great outdoors
Western tent caterpillars swarm a tree in Santa Fe this past week.
Environment

Unwanted pests set up camp

Their long, silken, almost delicate tentlike structures fool an onlooker into thinking all is benign. It isn't. The western tent caterpillar is the enemy - at least to …
Gary ZientaraM13 Hercules Globular Cluster imaged May 18, 2020 at Mount Sangre Observatory, New Mexico. It is one of the few objects that looks better through the eyepiece of a telescope than any photograph ever taken.
Great Outdoors

Astronomy: Majestic beauty of Hercules Globular

Everyone has a favorite object in the night sky. Mine is the Hercules Globular Cluster. It is one of the few objects that looks better through the eyepiece of a telescope than any …
Jan MartensonSwath of paintbrush near the Río Grande Gorge. May is a perfect time to hike the trails near Taos and see spring wildflowers blooming.
Wonderful World of Native Plants

On the trails: what's blooming in May

If you need some fresh air and haven't tread on a trail yet this spring, now is the time to catch our early native wildflower blooms on the Rift Valley Trail system.
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