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Come eat your fill! The Albuquerque Taco & Margarita Festival is taking place at The Civic Plaza (1 Civic Plaza NW) on Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come celebrate with live music, good food and good company. Organizers are working to bring as many taco vendors together from…

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When I was a kid, it was a special occasion for me to get a TV dinner, reserved for those rare times when my folks went out and I had a babysitter. Do you remember the ones in the aluminum pans with the individual compartments for each food? When I was 8 years old it was so exciting. A whole…

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Fresh versus frozen in the seafood aisle: Unless you’re at the docks, most seafood in the grocer’s fresh fish case is thawed from frozen. Always ask. It’s much cheaper to buy frozen and thaw it yourself.

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Come find your bliss! The nation’s largest festival dedicated to chocolate, coffee and gourmet foods returns to EXPO NM on September 25-26. Founded in 2009, the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest brings together purveyors of incredible chocolates, coffees, candies, teas, gourmet foods, an…

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Look at this dessert! It’s a Pavlova, named after legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after touring Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. It’s a texture lover’s dream, with meringue that’s crispy outside and marshmallow-soft inside, blanketed with lightly sweetened whipped cream and t…

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If you’re looking for a way to change your favorite fish recipe, try adding salsa.

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Honey has amazing properties, and one of them is its antiseptic powers. You can even use it on pimples. Just a tiny dab will help keep bacteria responsible for breakouts from taking over.

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Although good nutrition is essential for human life, food production has a significant impact on the environment. Taking a more sustainable approach to sustaining your body can help protect the Earth and its climate.

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Y’all come on out to the Wildlife West Nature Park (87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood) for a Cowboy Chuckwagon BBQ followed by live western swing music. Saturdays, July 17, August 7 and 28, and September 4. Hayrides at 6 p.m., raptor free-flight presentation by world-renowned falconer at 6 p.m., …

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It’s time to pick the berries! Blackberries will be ready for U-Pick at Heidi’s Raspberry Farm in July, followed by raspberries until October. U-Pick is a special time of year when you can pick your own berries, right on the farm, with sweeping views of the Sandia Mountains in the background…

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Do you love potatoes but think they’re fattening? Potatoes are good for you and have one of the highest nutritional values in the produce department. At just 25 cents per serving, a medium potato (5.3 ounces), eaten with its skin on, has just 110 calories. Potatoes provide nearly half your d…

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Add a cinnamon stick or softener sheet to your vacuum bag when you change it. As you clean, you will distribute the good smell throughout your home.

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Plastic pollution is not just an eyesore. According to environmental experts, it also affects marine species, accelerates climate change and adversely impacts human health, particularly in low-income communities near plastic production sites, which face greater exposure to toxins and waste a…

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Take home the memories and tastes of Albuquerque Little Theatre with a commemorative cookbook. These wonderful cookbooks feature many recipes collected from ALT’s volunteers, staff and board members. You’ll enjoy seeing shots from past ALT shows as well as learning some trivia about the thea…

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If you’re bored with the same vegetable and tuber routine, it’s time to try something new — like Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes. Like many tubers, sunchokes look a little strange. But when it comes to food, looks can often be deceiving. The sunchoke is the tasty, knobby, root …

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Make chopping walnuts easier: Put some in a bowl, and nest another bowl into it, then rock the top bowl back and forth to crush the walnuts.

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Matriarchs are honored and revered in Pueblo culture, and this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, Indian Pueblo Kitchen (located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center) will be presenting a “Mother’s Day Contemporary Indigenous Experience,” as a unique opportunity to celebrate mom. The one-of-a-…

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505 Southwestern is proudly kicking off their first annual 505 Day celebration, by launching the official 505 Day Recipe Contest. To celebrate its deep New Mexican roots, 505 Southwestern is asking people to submit their most delicious recipes using 505 products for a chance to win a variety…

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I was looking for a new spring vegetable to explore (move over asparagus and spring peas) and discovered a wealth of information about radishes.

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At first I was skeptical. But, after trying spring mix, I’ve become a fan of the interesting combination of flavors and textures. Now one of my favorite spring pastimes is visiting my local farmers market and looking at all the varieties of lettuce greens at their colorful best.

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Add some nuts to your morning cereal or smoothie for a nutritious boost. It’s not just for oatmeal or granola. I like to crush a handful of walnuts and sprinkle them across my waffles.

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Make simple no-bake bird’s nest treats with your kids to celebrate spring. Drop peanut M&Ms or natural-looking candy eggs in each one. Or for Easter, substitute jelly beans, tucking the nests in Easter baskets or setting them at each table setting for Easter Sunday dinner. Either way, th…

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According to a National Center of Biotechnology Information article, the discovery of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet is attributed to American scientist Ancel Keys, who researched the correlation between cardiovascular disease and diet for the first time.

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and eggs are one of my favorite ingredients any time of the day! Whole eggs are nutritious and contain almost every nutrient you need to maintain good health, and they keep you feeling full between meals.

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A few years ago, Dr. Mehmet Oz asked me to create a recipe containing foods that help to naturally reduce stress and to do a cooking demo on “The Dr. Oz Show.” I found that the following ingredients have stress-reducing properties: red, orange and yellow peppers; turkey; spinach; quinoa and …

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With heightened restrictions imposed statewide to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has removed all its iconic Red Kettles from storefronts across the state. “We were already estimating a nearly 50 percent decrease in funds raised due to economic impacts from the virus,” sa…

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In a typical year, we would be shopping all the local craft fairs now for unique holiday items and gifts. But, since 2020 is anything but typical, we’re changing the way we do things. Sandia Band Boosters hosts an annual craft fair that draws a huge crowd each year. Now, they’re taking it on…

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Prickly pear cactus is thought to be native to Mexico and is eaten as a vegetable. The cactus is called “nopal” in Spanish, and the pads or stems are called “nopales.” Preparing the fresh cactus pads takes time and care, as all of the prickly spines and thorns must be carefully removed. Afte…

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We’ve all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts — chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their values, whether it’s protecting people or t…

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On November 19-22, the Friends of Folk Art, in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, will host World of Treasures, an online auction of collectors’ quality folk art, fine art and distinctive experiences that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. More than 100 items will be o…

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Pomegranates are known as a superfood with tons of wonderful health benefits, including fighting cancer and heart disease, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. They’re also loaded with B vitamins, potassium and folic acid.

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If your vacuum has a paper filter, spray it with your favorite perfume or essential oil. It will blow into the air as you vacuum, leaving behind a pleasant scent.

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It is 8 a.m. in the Datil Well Campground. On this early September morning, the campground is almost empty. I’ve just finished a delicious breakfast of two fried eggs, sausage and potatoes. A pinyon jay is perched in a tree a short distance away. He is waiting for me to leave the table. To m…

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Every year, my small vegetable garden produces far more tomatoes than I can possibly use. As the season wanes, an abundance of green tomatoes forlornly hang on the vine looking for enough sun to turn them into red jewels. I’ve begun searching for unique ways to use green tomatoes as a vegeta…

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If you have a plant cutting you are trying to root in water, here’s a tip to keep the end from resting on the bottom of your container: Use a twist tie wrapped around the stem on one side and hooked over the edge of the container on the other.

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Old tools can be hard to identify because many are no longer used. A carved ivory leg with a little wheel at the top looks like it might be a toy or a drawing aid, but it would be odd to make a tool of ivory. This auction item, recently sold by Eldred’s Auctions, is a pie crimper, probably m…

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The Second Annual New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival is going virtual! In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, this year’s festival will be in a modified format with virtual programming, an online vendor store and drive-through market. Enjoy cooking and cocktail-making demonstrations that …

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Chuck shoulder top blade, or flat iron steaks, are perfect for the grill. The fat that marbles it keeps it moist and infuses the steak with flavor. The shape of the steak looks like the bottom of an iron, hence the name, flat iron.

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The late Dr. Paul Talalay, noted professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences at Johns Hopkins, wrote that eating your vegetables “isn’t a substitute for sunscreen, but the protection you get won’t wash off in the pool.” A sunburn is a type of inflammation, and diet has a tremendous impa…

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We’re all starting to slowly ease back into our former home, work and social routines guided by new health and safety restrictions. Many of us also are dealing with new challenges to our family budget and loss of income. If your pantry and freezer are stocked with canned or frozen goods, you…

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As the country slowly re-opens, we may be able to have family gatherings again if we adhere to the health guidelines under our “new normal.” My family has always enjoyed getting together for a backyard barbeque. This year, our time together will be even more meaningful because we have a newf…

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With social distancing orders in place in many areas across the country, you may be doing your grocery shopping with shelf stability in mind. But this factor should not be your only priority. Right now, it’s especially important that the foods you eat also support your health and longevity.

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Baking bread is just plain fun when your preschoolers shape prepared dough into adorable bear shapes. They’ll love “painting” the bears with an egg wash before you pop them in the oven. Serve them warm, drizzled with some honey for a memorable afternoon treat.

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The Downtown Growers Market is offering pre-order pick up from some of its vendors. You can browse the vendors individually, view their products and order from them directly. Pick up happens Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fusion Theater, 708 First St. NW. For more information, visit  ww…

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In addition to their high protein and fiber content, a new study finds that beans, particularly black beans, are a rich but overlooked source of antioxidants and may provide health benefits similar to some common fruits, including grapes, apples and cranberries.

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Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis — a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for…

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Due to the health and safety concerns surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants in our area have closed their dining rooms, limiting their service to take-out and delivery. We can still support those businesses! A group of locals has created the Facebook page, “Burque Take Out &…

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Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you’re helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner …

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Set a timer to remember to add softener to your load of laundry, and another for when the load is done. Buzzers can’t always be heard, and it’s best to not let your wet laundry sit.