Sunday, January 19

A Taste of Montana

The third cookbook in my series has been released! For more information about this beautiful new book authored by Seabring Davis, please visit amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or your local independent book store.

Sunday, February 17


I am delighted to announce the publication of the second book in my cookbook series! As many of you know, I passed on authoring the Colorado and Montana books due to my busy work schedule; so my publisher recruited Michele Morris, a talented chef and food writer in Denver, to author the Colorado book and Seabring Davis to author the Montana book. Note A Taste of Wyoming is now available as an ebook!

Saturday, August 4

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival - 2014

It's that time of year when I am looking forward to the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival from September 3 - 14, 2014. According to the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is widely recognized as one of the premier cultural events in the Rocky Mountain West.

Opportunities to meet featured artists Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and Joshua Tobey will be part of this year’s schedule, which includes the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s trademark mix of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts. The festival offers visitors more than 50 family-friendly events, many of them free, surrounded by the Teton Mountain Range in its autumn colors – with a chance to purchase original artworks from cowboy to cutting-edge contemporary.

For more information about the festival and to see a schedule of events, click on the following link:
http://www.jacksonholechamber.com/fall_arts_festival/

Wednesday, August 1

Blues n' Brews

I am delighted to discover and share so many fun events going on in the cowboy state, and my latest find is The Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society - a wonderful organization that was created to promote blues and jazz music across the state of Wyoming. The Society recognizes blues and jazz as being a true American heritage and seeks to educate and encourage young and old to play and listen to blues and jazz. Members are primarily in the Casper area with a few spread across the state, and a few elsewhere in the U.S. The society hopes to grow its membership to encourage and enjoy shared events in many towns across Wyoming.

The Sweetwater Blues n’ Brews Festival is a rockin' annual event held on the second Saturday of August in Rock Springs (this year on Saturday, August 9, 2014). The festival is a celebration of music and microbrews, located downtown in Bunning Park. The all-day event will feature live blues music, the best microbrews in the region, some homemade BBQ, and a lot more! For more information, visit http://www.sweetwaterbluesnbrews.com/

Tuesday, July 31

BBQ and Bluegrass

The 10th annual Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Blue Grass Festival will take place August 15-16, 2014 in Worland, WY! Each year over thirty master BBQ'rs converge in the Big Horn Basin to compete for prizes totaling over $10,000.00. Each participant spends countless hours preparing their favorite recipes for brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken. Additional categories include lamb and sauce.

For more information about this tasty Wyoming state BBQ championship (sanctioned KCBS) event, visit:
http://www.wyo-bbq-bluegrass.com/

Monday, December 26

Christmas in Yellowstone

Nature presents Christmas in Yellowstone, a stunning visual journey of nature and wildlife during the winter months deep within America’s first national park. Click on the following link to view breathtaking landscapes and intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters, who provide a fascinating glimpse into their ability to survive the most challenging months of the year.
http://video.pbs.org/video/1650648092

Friday, April 1

Wyomingwood

If you've never heard of Craig Johnson, then you will know who is when you see the promos for a new series titled, Longmire, to be launched by A&E based on his best-selling books. With titles like Kindness Goes Unpunished and Hell is Empty, along with a group of international fans that rivals super star status, the charismatic character, Walt Longmire, was destined to become a star and take Craig right along with him to Hollywood.

I had the opportunity to meet Craig and his lovely wife, Judy, a few years ago at a writer's conference when I was seated at the same table for dinner (along with another favorite Wyoming author, Tim Sandlin). It was one of my most memorable evenings. And if you ever get a chance to meet Craig and Judy, then you will know why I feel this way.

For more information about Craig and his upcoming book signing schedule, check out his website at: http://www.craigallenjohnson.com/

And here is an excerpt about the new series from examiner.com written by Carol Thomas (3/6/11):

The Art & Entertainment Network (A&E), in partnership with Warner Horizon Television and TNT, has placed Longmire, a pilot episode for a television series based on Craig Johnson's mystery series, on its production schedule for 2011. Australian actor Robert Taylor will take on the role of Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, Johnson’s central character.

Taylor has appeared in such films as Coffin Rock (2009), Storm Warning (2007) and Rogue (2007). He is also known for his role as Agent Jones in the 1999 film The Matrix.

Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny wrote the hour-long pilot for Longmire. They will also serve as executive producers along with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. Greg Yaitanes will direct.

In a March 3, 2011 post on his Facebook page, Craig Johnson comments on his role as “creative consultant” for the Longmire production. “They've pretty much kept me in the loop and asked my opinions on everything – which means that if it fails, I'm blaming me,” he writes. He also includes a photograph of Robert Taylor, whom he describes as being “the guy I wanted” to play Sheriff Walt Longmire.

Johnson introduced Walt Longmire in the 2004 series debut novel, The Cold Dish. Longmire is a Vietnam veteran who has served for over two decades as the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

Johnson has continued the adventures of Longmire, his Philadelphia-born deputy, Victoria Moretti, and his best friend, Henry Standing Bear, through five additional novels – Death Without Company (2006), Kindness Goes Unpunished (2007), Another Man's Moccasins (2008), The Dark Horse (2009) and Junkyard Dogs (2010). A seventh Walt Longmire novel, Hell Is Empty, will be released in the U.S. on June 2, 2011.

http://www.examiner.com/mystery-series-in-national/a-e-to-air-craig-johnson-s-walt-longmire-series-pilot-robert-taylor-to-star

Wednesday, December 15

Winter Wonderland!

It is finally ski season! There is so much going on in Jackson throughout the year, although winter is my favorite time to visit because it is the BEST place to ski! Plus, the shopping, galleries, and fabulous dining (see some samples in my cookbook!), make it a top destination for pleasures beyond the incredible skiing and outdoor activities.

Check out this site for the latest information about ski conditions and some great photos of one of the most splendid winter wonderlands on earth!

I look forward to seeing you on the mountain and happy holidays to you and yours!

Monday, September 13

Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine

I am delighted to share an exciting new publication with you titled, Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. According to the magazine's editor, Kati Hime, "We celebrate the Wyoming lifestyle! From homes to family activities, travel & tourism, business, agriculture to the arts, we cover it all. We combine beautiful photography and informative columns by our own Wyoming experts in addition to interesting feature articles." The magazine is offered in both print and online formats so please visit the website by clicking on the link above and discover how we "celebrate the Wyoming way of life!"

Wednesday, June 30

Sweet 16

Sweet 16 is the nickname for U.S. Highway 16, that runs east-west in the northwest United States, between Rapid City, South Dakota, and eastern Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This 507 mile passage was designated by Road & Track as the "shortest, safest most scenic route" from Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone Park.

There is so much to do along this pleasurable path that there is a publication titled, Sweet 16 Travel Guide, with nearly 50 pages of information about all the fun and interesting places along the way.

So if you are planning a trip to the cowboy state, or live here, and looking for new territory to explore, load up the car and travel one Wyoming's sweetest highways! For more information about the Sweet 16 Travel Guide, email: editor@newslj.com

Monday, June 28

The mountains are alive...

with the sound of music! Summer is my favorite time of year in Wyoming. Old man winter has gone into hibernation, the mountains are blanketed in gradient shades of green, and the wildflowers garnish the landscape with dollops of splendid colors. And what is most exciting about summer in Wyoming is all the fun activities and events around the state that offer something to do for everyone. For those who love music, a must-do event is the Grand Targhee Music Festival at Grand Targhee Resort, nestled in the majestic Teton Mountains. People from all over the world convene in one of our state's most beautiful settings to enjoy the music of talented and accomplished musicians, that includes Grammy award winners and nominees. This three day event is a pleasure for people of all ages, with a variety of activities for kids, too. For more information about the Sixth Annual Targhee Fest on July 16-18, click here.
Photograph courtesy Grand Targhee Resort

Tuesday, August 4

Summer Harvest

Summer gardens are bursting with a glorious symphony of ripe, colorful vegetables and herbs. I have two summer harvest favorites that are a harmonious pair - luscious tomatoes and cool cucumbers. This classic duo, combined with a medley of other fresh vegetables and herbs, create a cool refreshing soup to enjoy on a hot summer day. Gazpacho is a chilled, light soup consisting of fresh raw vegetables that originated in Spain, with ancient roots.

Traditionally, gazpacho is made by pounding the vegetables using a mortar and pestle, but contemporary cooks favor using a blender or food processor for ease in preparation. Another preparation method is to dice the ingredients, reserving the liquid from the vegetables, to create a chunky version of the soup. Gazpacho is typically complemented with different garnishes. These may include the same vegetables the soup contains, as well as croutons. I like to serve gazpacho with sliced baguettes, drizzled lightly with extra-virgin olive oil. Click here for my favorite gazpacho recipe.

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. -Laurie Colwin, Author

Sunday, June 28

The Sky is the Limit



Sunsets in Wyoming - simply spectacular! And what a splendid view we had from the cockpit of our Cessna during my first flying lesson - very uplifting therapy after a long week!

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. -Amelia Earhart

Thursday, May 21

Down to Earth

The planting season has arrived here in the Big Horn Basin, finally! With my favorite vegetables and herbs grounded firmly into the rich soil, my only task now is to nurture them with water, and lots of it, in our very dry, high desert climate. If all goes as planned, I will harvest enough tomatoes for canning an ample supply to enjoy through fall and winter in my favorite soups, salsas, and sauces. I'm going to try preserving herbs this year, so I planted several varieties to determine which will hold their flavor. And I found a delicious vegetable antipasto recipe for canning that I will share in an upcoming magazine article I'm writing for Teton Family Magazine. The magazine's first issue will debut August 1st, so stay tuned for more information about this exciting new publication featuring Paulette Phlipot’s beautiful photography.