Snoop Dogg’s for-the-people label and an exclusive club mark extreme poles of the wine world

In this weird year, when we experience whiplash whenever we watch TV, check our phones or open the newspaper, we shouldn’t be surprised to see two head-scratching debuts that show wine arguably at...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

A platter of crisp, Cajun-spiced fried green tomatoes is a fitting coda to summer

Many times I’ve tried to replicate the taste or flavor of a specific dish I’ve had. Sometimes, though, the memory is so distant that it turns out all I’m trying to capture is a feeling – and create...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

New Mexico to grocery stores: Stop taxing food on deliveries

SANTA FE – New Mexico state taxation authorities on Wednesday urged grocery stores to stop unnecessarily collecting sales taxes on food that is delivered during the coronavirus pandemic. New Mexico...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Wine-centric novels to pair with a good vintage for pandemic escapism

Unable to satisfy my wanderlust this summer, and tired of binge-watching “Somebody Feed Phil” and “Chef’s Table” on Netflix, I turned to my bookcase and dusted off a few wine novels. My favorites...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

The best summer tomato salads use just a few ingredients to generate big flavors

Here’s how to make a tomato salad: Cut tomatoes, salt them, then drizzle with fruity olive oil. You need only salt and fat to turn a perfect tomato into a perfect tomato salad, because tomatoes are...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

As wineries reopen for tastings, expect appointments, pre-poured glasses and plenty of sanitizer

The text message conveyed urgency and alarm, even without all caps and exclamation points. “There’s a 6-foot snake in the Pavilion terrorizing guests.” It was June 4, the first day in nearly two...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

How to choose, prep and use all those summer cucumbers

Each family has its own lore, often-repeated stories and catchphrases. One that I’ll always remember, although told to me secondhand, is from my oldest niece, who while at her great-grandparents’...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

In the quest for a pandemic coping mechanism, I’ve become a cookie monster

I don’t know when it began, but at some point during the pandemic I became somewhat panicked whenever the household cookie supply started to run low. I may have even cut out, once or twice, for a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Soba noodles, tomatoes, zucchini and bright vinegar make this pasta salad fit for summer

When I was young, pasta salad fell into two categories: A creamy concoction in which mayonnaise held together elbow macaroni, vegetables and ham; or a vinaigrette-style salad with tri-color fusilli...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

As the restaurant industry suffers, the James Beard Foundation scraps its prestigious awards until 2022

With the coronavirus wreaking devastation in the restaurant industry – many establishments are closed or operating at low capacity, thousands of workers have been laid off and many sickened – the...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Ugly produce is the best bargain at farmers markets. Here’s how to buy and use it.

We all grew up hearing that it’s not what’s on the outside but the inside that counts, that you can’t judge a book by its cover and all those other oft-repeated pieces of wisdom. Of course, as...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Former Ignacio science teacher makes salsa to send students to Space Camp

As of yet, Danny Jacques hasn’t been to outer space. Growing up on a ranch in Ignacio, he was fascinated by space exploration and wanted to be an astronaut. But not knowing how to accomplish that...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

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