Danielle Kennedy’s spirit figures blend the commonplace, sacred

Kachinas have been originally used by Native people for religious and ceremonial purposes, but they are also sought after by museums and personal collectors. Story and pictures originally published in Taos News They are made to represent spirits of the natural world and can personify animals, plants, and even Nature forces like wind and water. Carved…

The gift of beauty

“If you want to make your family and friends happy this holiday, give them the gift of beauty,” says Montserrat Oyanedel. Originally published in Taos News Oyanedel is the creator, with Kristel McKanna, of the first Taos hemp-based skincare company, Nabis Naturals. The two Chilean natives first developed a moisturizing serum and have just added…

Quality pet food at an affordable price

When Diane Dau moved from Minneapolis to Taos 9 years ago she immediately thought about starting her own business. Originally published in Taos News “But I waited several years because I needed to know the area first,” she said. “The first rule in business is identifying a need so you can fill it.” She noticed…

Chef Horton: Hot food, cold beer, good wine

It’s Sunday, around 6 p.m. and all hands are busy at Common Fire. People are filling the restaurant, partly because it’s the Fourth of July weekend, but also because Chef Horton’s creations are quickly gaining recognition among Taos foodies. Originally published in Taos news Photos: Katharine Egli Common Fire Chef de Cuisine Andrew Horton grew…

A second chance at romance

Where there was fire, ashes remain, an old Spanish saying goes. Sandra “Zandi” Richardson and Runno Sarv proved that rekindling the flame isn’t that difficult, after all. Originally published by Taos News (Taos Wedding Guide) Photos courtesy of Zandi Richardson Richardson and Sarv met at a Christmas party in 1980 in Sydney, Australia. “When I looked across…

Cooking with your hands, your mind and your heart at Ranchos Plaza Grill

Taos-born and raised Adam Medina grew up in a family that loved to cook. “My father was a chef and had a catering business for many years,” he said. “I often helped him so my culinary training started early.” Story and pictures originally published in Taos News. Photos: Katharine Egli Medina was originally interested in…

Bienvenidos a Taos

A classic ski resort, a historic art colony, a paradise for outdoorsy adventurers like river rafters and balloonists… Recently chosen by USA Today as one of the 10 Happiest Towns in the West… “A state of mind,” as D.H. Lawrence called it. Taos is all that, and more. Originally published in Enchanted Homes, a publication…

Biscochitos: a traditional New Mexico treat

  The name comes from the Spanish word bizcocho used in its diminutive form, biscochito. But there is nothing “diminutive” about these spicy, anise-flavored cookies. They are utterly satisfying, and, like so many delicious treats, loaded with carbs. Their main ingredients are flour, sugar, baking powder, and lard. Story originally published in Taos News The…

Aztec Dancers: Centuries-old tradition alive in Taos

Every July, right at the start of the Fiestas, a group of Aztec dancers perform in front of the St. Francis de Assisi Church in Ranchos de Taos. Story originally published in Raíces, Taos News A symphony of color, music and movement, la danza is a memorable event. In preparation for it, dancers and other…