Memories of 2013 from Pachamama’s Beautiful Food archives…from Paonia to Ft. Collins, Colorado. Thank goodness for gardens! Out of the thousands of photos I took, I hope you enjoy these mementoes. Click on the first image to view as a slideshow.
Stuffed Cabbage with Smoked Cheddar Mashers, Tempeh Italian Sausage and Roast Heirloom Tomato Sauce
“he slowly made his way back out the door”
the Girls giving smooches
Fresh (farm to table) Herbed Goat Cheese Au Poive
another close-up of the fabulous chips!
dawn through an ice crystal forest
Oh yes – bring on the chipotle smoked cheddar mac
the delicate trails of deer through snowflight
Sweetness – snowdrops in bloom February 5
the browned butter chocolate glaze
Chipotle barbequed baked beans…and a Cornbread Heart
Quadruple Coconut Chocolate Pancakes
return of the Light!
Potato found in the spring garden diggings – and celebrated!
welcoming the bees … and apricot blossoms
the fascinating start to rhubarb season
A beauty! Have you ever tasted sugared violets? These have a divine, subtle, maply flavor! Let them completely dry first, if you have the will power! The crunch and following sweetness of the flower itself is…exquisite!
red tulip and exquisite snow flakes
early cherry blossoms beneath the snow
japonica rice and vegetable spring rolls
….one more look… at the fabulous peach and almond with coconut rice dessert spring rolls
with a green glow all around them
—stalking the wild asparagus
three headed daffodils near Loui’s strawberry beds
crab spiders spotted on red clover
glorious bounty! Paonia…
milkweed stars lakeside
spring peas soaking up the sun
oh! the joy of plums…
the refuge of a pumpkin flower
our first wee watermelon
slicing into the watermelon for the going away party, I am confronted with LOVE
slightly smoky, grilled zucchini layered into the casserole…
… the Second ear!
smoked paprika roast tomatoes
I fell in love with the fuzzy Mexican sage
Sunday farmer’s market San Raphael, California
The Celestial Crepe
be-jeweled lawn with the Glass Gem corn
a fine haul of tomatillos for salsa
frost tinged artichoke with cottonwood leaves
Cabernet Chocolate Truffles
Christmas lavender and clementine gluten free shortbread
rosemary bush in a new life role for winter
Red Wine Spiced Pears
I’m beginning to more earnestly focus on the Pachamama’s cookbook, going through recipes, gleaning the cream of the crop. Scrolling through folder upon folder of photographs. This morning an image flashed into my mind of a fresh style, a slightly different format for the book than I have been holding. This blog has been such a gift to encourage me along the way, and the road ahead. Please wish me well on my cookbook journey! There are more recipes to share from my professional cooking and catering days, as well as my current life – these garden to table, gluten free times. The cookbook became more than a twinkle in my eye back in 2006, when I compiled my favorite original recipes from over the years of restaurants, a catering company, cooking classes and food demos into a Cooking with the Elements theme, honoring the traditional ways of my teachers from South America.
In this time of resolutions as 2013 comes down to the final minutes, let us all forge ahead through these somewhat – sometimes chaotic days with strength and groundedness. For us all to create our dreams into realities. You know I wish for everyone a beautiful new year, full of fresh local foods, a warm kitchen, a well rounded garden and good hearted people to share it all with. Blessings to you!