Favorite Recipes from Laurie’s High Country Kitchen

One of the things I love to do is cook! Over the years I’ve created many of my own recipes or modified others which have become favorites at our house. I enjoy baking, too, and have a particular fondness for sourdough breads.

I’ve lived in high-altitude locations for roughly 30 years, and although I still experience a few flops, I think I’m getting it down. I lived at about 6300 feet at Lake Tahoe for 24 years, then moved down to 5200 feet, near Fort Collins, CO. Now at nearly 9000 feet I’ve added a few more modifications to my cooking and baking.

Good judgement comes from experience.

       Experience comes from bad judgement.

There are many variables to everyone’s cooking experiences, in addition to elevation. How experienced are you? How many trials and errors have led to final success? Do you keep at it until you get it right? What kind of appliances are you cooking with: gas, electric, induction, convection? What is your elevation? What is your water like: hard well water, filtered water, community water? What is your local humidity like? These variables, in addition to your choice of ingredients all make a difference to the outcome. I recently found the epigram, “Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.”  I think that applies to my cooking style: try and try again!

I’ll be including many of my favorite recipes here; some are old favorites and others will be new finds as well as new creations of my own. All of the recipes included here will work well at 9,000 feet. I know because I’ve done them, and have made the appropriate adjustments for this altitude.

One of my pet peeves is finding annoying internet recipes with lengthy descriptions and prolific photos that seem to never end. The actual recipe is finally found minutes later, at the end of the page. I will not include photos of each step in the process! You’ll find streamlined recipes that assume you have some cooking knowledge, such as how to measure, what saute or deglaze means, etc. When I feel an instruction is strange or problematic, I may then provide more detailed instructions or even a photo if I think it will be helpful.