Casa Gallina dresses up for the holidays

Photo: Tina Larkin Originally published in the Taos News Christmas is almost here and Taos gets ready to embrace it. The aromas of the season (pine cones, gingerbread and anise bizcochitos) permeate the town. The sad and poignant music of villancicos, Christmas carols, is in the air. Houses are decorated in festive themes and so…

Taos cuisine: putting the New in Mexican

Picture taken from Orlando’s website Originally published in The Taos News “The anise and nutmeg fragrance of the biscochitos, the traditional sugar cookies, filled the house,” reads “Christmas in New Mexico,” a heartwarming essay by Chicano writer Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless me Ultima and Randy Lopez Goes Home. Though biscochitos are particularly popular during Christmas,…

9 Questions to Jude Gochee

  Pictures taken from Graystone Furniture website   Originally published in Enchanted Homes   9 Questions to Jude Gochee, owner Graystone Furniture and Sofa Gallery  815 Paseo del Pueblo Sur,  Taos, NM 87571  Phone: 575-751-1266  http://www.graystonefurniture.com/ Teresa Dovalpage: You were chosen Entrepreneur of the Year by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce. What is the secret for staying afloat…

Traveling grandmas revisit Charles Kuralt’s America

Shell outside Taos Lodging, holding a copy of Kuralt’s America After Inda Lou Schell read Charles Kuralt’s America for the first time, in 1995, she and her husband decided to follow the journalist’s journey. “We loved his descriptions of the places and personalities and wanted to have a similar experience discovering our land and its people,” said…

Taos Christmas Guide: posadas, processions and parades

The Lightning of Ledoux This is a beloved annual tradition that welcomes in the holiday season. It will take place on December 10th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Take a stroll and you will see farolitos and luminarias (sand-filled paper bags with a votive candle inside) while enjoying good music, food and entertainment. It’s…

Local galleries deck out for Christmas

Sculpture at Des Montes Gallery Christmas music is playing on the radio. Taos neighbors start shopping for gifts and trees. Homes look festive and so do local galleries, as artists get inspired with the arrival of the holidays. Las Comadres Women’s Gallery is celebrating its fourteenth holiday season with a show of miniatures, “Good Things…

Get into the holiday spirit with local toy drives

Even in times of economic crisis communities can get together to bring joy to the children’s hearts. CAV, the Angel Tree project and Taos Mountain Casino are askingTaosresidents and business owners to donate toys and gifts for their upcoming holiday toy drives. The Angel Tree Project was founded by Jerry and Shirley Lujan so that…

Architect turned baker shares gluten-free recipes

Photo: Tina Larkin Matt Thomas, an architect who has been in Taos for over 9 years now, said that being diagnosed with celiac disease (intolerance to gluten) was the best thing that ever happened to him. “I had been feeling tired and had no energy at all for over ten years,” he said, “and suddenly,…