Saturday, June 30, 2012

Carried On Great Winds

Sometimes I go about pitying myself--
And all the time
I am carried on Great Winds
across the sky.
   Chippewa Woman

Look for your other half
who walks always next to you
And tends to be who you aren't.
   Antonio Manchado

These two special quotes have become very profound to me as I embark on my renewed journey. Tomorow I head back to Yellowstone National Park to resume working there, cooking and exploring the marvelous first National Park.

I love the seasonal lifestyle, the people there are so much like me, minimalists, lovers of nature, open and at times spontaneously crazy. I say that with all love.

I'm working on a cook book which includes all the crazy things I did raising my large family, working in National parks with great chefs and cooks, special tips and campfire experiments. I hope its funny, educational, inspirational. I think the culinary world spawns artists, artists who work with food, making masterpieces, pressing limits, throwing out disasters. We've never been easy to understand, taking food and life at face value, changing its properties, sculpting it to our vision.

Sounds heady, I'm sure. Wash, chop, add heat. Thats cooking. A good cook knows when to call it quits or add more. Thats all I'm saying. The new work is in progress, I'm in progress. Stay tuned for my updates. Sunday night I plan to camp near Mack's Inn, in Montana. Monday I'll visit a good friend at Lake. Then, its on to check in on Tuesday.

Can't wait!


  1. I look forward to reading about your adventures! And if you should come across the recipe for that roasted red pepper soup with chevre they serve at Mammoth in winter, I would be ecstatic!

  2. Can't wait until the new cookbook comes out. So glad that you are back on track with your work at the park. Looking forwards to seeing new hikes and receipts on the blog and on amazon.

  3. Oh, goodie.... a new cookbook! I really enjoy "Everything Except Corn Pasta." Lots of new ideas in there. I don't know why I didn't think of a disposable pizza pan as a sauce tray for my dehydrator.... but since you did, my food drying took a whole new, easier turn!

    I especially relate to your second quote. My better half is so unlike me.

  4. Of Course, Ellie, the other half is our evil twin, not our husband or significant other, least thats what I'm thinking.

    On the other hand, it could be the Good twin walking next to us. I feel much wilder since arriving here, getting back to lifting weights and hiking.

    I'll try to remember the camera, FLO! We hiked up to beaver pond, forgot the camera. Thats my bad twin for ya!

  5. Please do not for get the camera! Lots of pictures please!