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I’ve returned! I know it’s been a rather long absence, but let me explain… In March of this year, we moved down valley to Eagle. Amid the hustle and lack of organization that comes from a short notice move, I lost my digital camera, and have yet to find it. Right after the move came a huge scramble to finish my commercial kitchen in time for wedding season. This was a very stressful time of finding the right space, modifying it to comply with local health department codes, ordering equipment, coordinating deliveries, and inspections. If you’ve ever opened or worked in a restaurant or food establishment prior to opening, you know what I’m talking about, and the work that comes with it. The kitchen was finished just in time for my first [...]

High Altitude Bakes is now one year old. Last year, on February 17th, we published our first post and I am so pleased with the progress the site has made. Each month High Altitude Bakes continues to see new visitors, which is exciting and encouraging as there seems to be an under-served market when it comes to baking at altitude. And of course, a big thank you to all of you who have been with us since day one. Here are some highlights from the past year on High Altitude Bakes: Quick breads that bake up fluffy and moist…Vanilla-Scented Butternut Squash Bread The perfect classic birthday layer cake…Yellow Birthday Cake Coffeecake studded with berries and crumb topping…Blueberry Crumb Coffeecake Fudgy, decadent chocolate brownies…Chocolate Bourbon Brownies Wholesome Honey Wheat Bread…Honey Wheat [...]

Yesterday evening we launched The High Altitude Bakes Holiday Cookbook, which is very exciting! The cookbook is a downloadable flipping book format meaning you’ll have immediate access to the holiday recipes, and the ability to use the cookbook on your iPhone or iPad. The High Altitude Bake Holiday Cookbook includes the following recipes adapted to 8,200 feet above sea level: Eggnog Creme Brulee Rice Pudding with Port-Glazed Figs Hot Chocolate Torte Spicy Peanut Brittle Red Velvet Cake with Pecan Custard Cream Pumpkin Bread with Rum-Soaked Cherries White Chocolate Orange Biscotti Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Gingerbread Muffins Cinnamon Rolls with Whiskey Icing Honey Walnut Fig Cheesecake Sweet Potato Scones Braided Pistachio Coffeecake Christmas Apple Pie To purchase your own cookbook, go to the “Cookbooks” section on the top of the page. You [...]

The High Altitude Bakes Holiday Cookbook has almost arrived! Tomorrow you will be able to order your very own and receive INSTANT access to 14 high altitude adjusted holiday recipes including: Eggnog Creme Brulee Rice Pudding with Port-Glazed Figs Hot Chocolate Torte Spicy Peanut Brittle Red Velvet Cake with Pecan Custard Cream Pumpkin Bread with Rum-Soaked Cherries White Chocolate Orange Biscotti Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Gingerbread Muffins Cinnamon Roll with Whiskey Icing Honey Walnut Fig Cheesecake Sweet Potato Scones Braided Pistachio Coffeecake Christmas Apple Pie Happy Holidays!

As a chef I respect the ingredients we use to create food with, and along with that I also deeply care about where they come from. You can never overlook that when it is your job to cook and bake with food everyday. I can tell you it is much more satisfying to buy a flat of peaches from the farmer who grew them himself, than it is to select them from a huge display in a grocery store. When I buy from a farmer I can see how much love he puts into his crops by the way he talks about them. How he was up until the early hours of the morning trying to pick those peaches so they would be at peak for the farmer’s market, and [...]

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