About the Cowgirl

Heather strikes a sassy pose with her nephew, a favorite market helper.
At the heart of it all, I, Heather Hunter, am a baker. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, I sometimes think they put flour in my sandbox instead of sand. However, now that I am in my 40's, my eating habits have evolved and I pretty much stick to a Paleo way of life.

Here's a little history on how I fell in love with food, cooking and being in the kitchen:

My maternal grandmother, Annie, and great-grandmother, Oma, taught me the ins-and-outs of cooking when I was very young, though what really stuck was the baking part. I feel fortunate to have been taught to cook by two talented women who could tell you when a homemade pasta or cookie dough, meringue, soup, jam or even a pot roast was ready by the way it felt or looked. We would spend hours upon hours in the kitchen cooking and baking for the Sunday family lunches, or "supper" as it was called, as well as for holiday celebrations and our every day consumption.

These are the memories I most cherish. For me, time stands still when I am cooking. Sometimes, if it's quiet enough I can even hear one of them tell me to "add a little more salt" or "stop whipping that now or else it will be tough."

But the truth is that after more than 40 years of living, I have become much more than a baker. And I have my husband to thank for that. Throughout the course of nearly two decades together, he has inspired me to move out of my comfort zone and expand my culinary repertoire. I mean, I knew how to cook, but because I excelled at baking, I left the cooking to him. Much has changed since then and I am grateful.

We have traveled together and eaten our fair share of incredible food and had meals that will be with us forever. We lived in Mexico at our resort for four wonderful and glorious, albeit hair-pulling and tequila sipping (or slamming), years where we foraged for the freshest ingredients, ate fish that was less than a few hours old, revamped our menus every quarter, worked with some fabulously talented chefs from the US and Mexico and thoroughly loved when our guests never left the resort because the food we served was "the best in town." Of course, the service, privacy and views of the Pacific Ocean and Ziuatanejo Bay weren't so bad either.

Ever since I was born, my world has revolved around food, although my passion has blossomed in the last decade. Now I love food--I eat and breathe food and allow it to permeate my every being. So much so that I started sharing some of the food I love with others when I launched Cowgirl Granola in 2009. This healthy, nutritious and delicious granola brand launched my platform to promote the importance of eating well and choosing food that is good for you. I firmly believe that good-for-you-food should taste great.

And through these rich and intoxicating conversations, The Cowgirl Gourmet was born. Customers were interested in learning know how to eat healthier, how to prepare certain foods, how to get away from processed foods, how to cut their sodium intake, how to eat after a heart attack, how to live with and/or control diabetes, etc.

This blog is my way of sharing with you what I am passionate about. Food. Real food. With the hope that the stories and recipes I offer will inspire you to get in the kitchen and cook. And to also get your family involved. Kids love learning about food and the farmers market is a great place to start.

Eating well makes me feel good and it will make you feel good. It's the way my grandmother, Annie, raised me. Use the finest quality ingredients, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and nothing processed. (So you'll know, I cook for my dogs as well, but that's another story.) 

My commitment to you is to share recipes that are always delectable and mostly healthy. I mean, a girl's gotta live, right?

So here's to living well. It's the best revenge.

I would love to hear from you, your thoughts, any questions or just a note to say hello. You can email me at hwhunter[at]gmail[dot]com.
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