• Wine Guy: Taos, N.M. full of history, culture, art and wine

    By Rich Mauro Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Wine travel isn't only about visiting wineries and tasting wine. And, for me, drinking wine isn't only about how a wine tastes or how the grapes were grown. It's also about the history of the vineyard, the winemaker's story and so on. So when visiting a winery, I spend time learning...

  • A robust grilled puttanesca by way of a chilled gazpacho

    By ALISON LADMAN The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    We love grilled vegetables. We love Italian puttanesca sauce. And we love a nice cool gazpacho. So why not combine them? We tossed some of our favorite summer veggies on the grill, combined them with the robust flavors of Italian puttanesca, and tossed the whole thing in a food...

  • Chill out this summer with refreshing flavored soda syrups

    By SARA MOULTON The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Have you ever noticed how tough it is to sweeten your favorite iced beverage using regular granulated white sugar? You can stir and stir, but the sugar tends not to dissolve and you're left with a barely sweetened drink. That is, until you reach the bottom of the glass, when you're...

  • Three new barbecue books will help you get your grill geek on

    By J.M. HIRSCH The Associated Press -
    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    With grilling season solidly upon us, let's all take a moment to reflect on the various ways we send our food to the fire. There is, of course, Monday through Friday grilling. This is when the intense heat of the grill helps us along that painful march to what we call "weeknight...

  • Food processor turns falafel into an easy weeknight meal

    By J.M. Hirsch The Associated Press -
    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Falafel is one of those easy weeknight meals I rarely think to make, but when I do I feel like a dolt for not doing it more often. That's because falafel - pan-fried patties made from chickpeas, onions and a mess of delicious seasonings - are healthy, speedy and versatile. They can...

  • US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a campaign to recover...

  • Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running. The fate of...

  • Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy national parks and other attractions this summer, tourism officials say. Gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time last year, state tourism...

  • Michigan lawmakers fight pushback on shifting funds to roads

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder's administration on Tuesday backed off the assertion that the popular Pure Michigan tourism program would have to be cut as a result of House Republicans' proposed plan to fund road repairs. The administration made it clear that it still opposes...

  • California man collapses, dies at Grand Canyon National Park

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities at Grand Canyon National Park say an 82-year-old California man has died after collapsing near the visitor center. Park officials identified the man Tuesday as Khushalbai F. Patel, of Pleasanton, who was visiting the canyon with his...

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