I am Heather Hunter and started The Cowgirl Gourmet food blog in 2009 because I was inundated with questions from friends and customers who knew of my passion for food that is good + good for you and who wanted to change their own lives through food.
“My husband has diabetes. What can I feed him and do you have any suggestions on tips and tricks to reversing it?”
“I have celiac disease and miss brownies. Do you have any gluten-free brownie recipes?”
“I need to lose weight. What is the first step I need to take?”
By featuring alternative, gluten-free, paleo and plant-forward recipes that soothe the soul and satiate the palate, I have helped friends, readers and customers lose weight, cook more often at home, overcome diabetes, read labels, decide to eliminate gluten from their diet, cut out dairy, choose to be vegan and other ways they improved their health with food.
Let’s face it, everyone wants to make better food choices, but many people find it too complicated, cumbersome and even catastrophic. The truth is that cooking is easy and if you can read a recipe, you can cook. And we should all cook more at home because we know it’s a key indicator that ensures good health.
These simple reasons have propelled The Cowgirl Gourmet to chronicle my own food journey as I have learned what works for me and what doesn’t, what’s trending and what are some easy ways we can vastly improve our health (and the lives of those we love) through food. I don’t want to be a slave in the kitchen, so keeping it simple and buying the best ingredients you can afford are my two biggest culinary weapons. I believe food is medicine and as I mature, I realize more every day how right Hippocrates was when he said:
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
(The following images were taken at the legendary Santa Fe Farmers Market, where you can find me every Saturday morning scouring the bustling market to fill my generous straw bag with our favorite eats as well as hunting for the newest seasonal finds.)
Thanks to my maternal grandmother, I have always been a healthy eater. Unlike many people my age, I was not raised on processed, packaged foods. Instead, my grandmother who survived the Depression cooked everything from scratch and prided herself on buying locally, in season, featuring brightly colored vegetables that reflected a rainbow and prepared her meals lovingly at home.
I can vividly recall sitting down for a meal at my grandmother’s house and my mother would effusively compliment her mother on creating such a colorful, beautiful plate of food that initially pleased our eyes and then nourished us in myriad ways with her heartfelt cooking.
Cooking real food has been a central part of my life since I was a child and my passion for helping others make life-changing decisions to eat better which continues to be what drives me. And once you eat better, you will feel better and everyone should feel vibrant and alive, not weak and sluggish.
This is my history with food and it is my pleasure to continue to celebrate real food with you. Real food that is not complicated but good + good for you. My hope is that you, too, will be inspired, nourished and nurtured by the recipes, tips, tricks and general health and wellness information you find here at The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe, along with top tourist tips when visiting my magical hometown.