Today's Features


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Santa’s New Jet” by David Diedrzycki. Free and open to the public.
    • The Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at El Rialto.


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    • Robertson Track Presents a Winter Wonderland, an arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Mike Marr Gymnasium on the RHS campus. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 429-4469.
    • Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair at the Eagles, 211 S. Grand., 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 15. Call Sandra to reserve your space. $10 a booth. Call 429-8937 for more information.

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  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    The Associated Press

    My sister, Mary Pat, is the born baker in the family. She has a sweet tooth that she has polished into a fine baking skill. Everything she makes is delicious, but she is famous for her rugelach.

    As is common with rugelach, the recipe is passed down from family baker to family baker. This recipe originally came from our cousin Vera, but my sister has lovingly tweaked it to make it her own. It is made with sour cream instead of cream cheese, making the pastry lighter and flakier than most rugelach.


    Start to finish: 45 minutes
    Makes 24 bars

    2 cups old fashioned oats
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    3/4 cup chopped pecans
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
    12-ounce jar apricot preserves

    Heat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray, then line it with parchment paper.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    You can keep your decorated, stained glass, death-by-chocolate, triple-dunked biscotti bombs, or whatever this holiday season’s must-bake cookie will be.

    Any time of year — and especially this time of year — I’ll take the delicious simplicity and vanilla-ness (no, probably not a real word) of a chewy, soft and sweet snickerdoodle over just about any fancy, overwrought confection. Even better is to pair that simple, underappreciated cookie with the most perfect of holiday beverages — eggnog.

  • The Associated Press


  • The 11th Annual Winter Fest was held in the Mora Elementary gym on Saturday.

    The holiday festival is sponsored by the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the community. Crystal Fort, the director, and her staff worked long hours to make it possible.

    It was said to be a huge success with more than 500 people attending. Attendees stayed and shopped at the many booths set up by local and neighboring vendors.

    Attendees also ate Frito pies served by the women of the Presbyterian Church and enjoyed the many goodies sold at the booths.

  • If you drive Highway 518 towards Mora this time of year (as I do) you probably will meet trucks and trailers filled with our local, homegrown Christmas trees. They are sold in tree lots throughout New Mexico. Mora County is famous for its beautiful Christmas trees. Almost all of them are natural, not planted, and they thrive on our mountain slopes here.