If you have found your way to our blog, we are the Mountain Maven and the Chef. We are two people who love living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the lifestyle that goes along with it, the music, the food, the arts, all of it.
The Chef grew up in a rural community in Southeast, Michigan, where he enjoyed his mother’s Midwest-inspired home cooked meals. Early in our marriage, he began exploring Thai cooking, and then he became interested in what Spanish chefs like Ferran Adria and Jose Andres were doing. He is classically trained and is the former owner of the Debajo del Sol food cart that featured his exploration of Spanish and Mediterranean inspired street food. His dishes have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Moxie, and the Ann Arbor Current. He continues to experiment, play, and explore on his own the flavors of the mountain west.
Me, I am the Mountain Maven-poet, baker, mother, maker. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. Creativity, food, and making were a huge part of my upbringing. My mother was born and raised in Sicily and shared her food, traditions, and creativity with me and my siblings. I have fond memories of time spent in the kitchen making cannoli and arancini. She also shared her love of the arts and handcrafts with us. She taught me how to knit, cross-stitch, and crochet, and every Christmas made sure to gift me a craft project that I promptly completed. My love of writing and storytelling came from my father, who always spins a good yarn. Now, I teach writing, and I write poetry, fiction, and essays. I also love to knit and felt and make whatever strikes my fancy. My first book of poems The Persistence of a Bathing Suit (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2017.
This blog is a place for the Chef and I to share the things we love about living here at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.