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, learn to read labels, decide to eliminate gluten from their diet, cut out dairy, choose to be vegan and many 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 are the reasons that propelled me to start The Cowgirl Gourmet to chronicle my own food journey, as I continue to learn what foods work 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 simple changes in the foods we eat. I don’t want to be a slave in the kitchen, so keeping it simple and buying the best ingredients are my two biggest culinary weapons. I believe food is medicine and as I mature, I realize more each 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, prided herself on buying locally, in season, featuring brightly colored vegetables that reflected a rainbow and lovingly prepared most of her meals 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 and is now my passion for helping others make life-changing decisions to eat better and continues to be what drives me. And, once you start to eat better, you will feel better and everyone should feel vibrant and alive, not weak and sluggish. Living in Mexico for many years only served to cement my appreciation for healthy, real and wholesome foods and gave new meaning to what good food meant for me and how I could and needed to share that knowledge with others.
This is my personal 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.