The Home Ranch chefs to sign new cookbooks in Steamboat
December 11, 2010
Steamboat Springs — For 21 years, The Home Ranch Executive Chef Clyde Nelson has been tucked away at the ranch in Clark, cooking gourmet food using local ingredients.
This weekend, Nelson and Chef de Cuisine Craig Singer will make an appearance in Steamboat Springs to sign copies of two new cookbooks that feature them and Routt County-inspired recipes.
On Sunday at The Homesteader, a kitchen shop in downtown Steamboat, Nelson and Singer will make hors d'oeuvres and sign copies of the books, which feature recipes from the 60 Relais & Chateaux resort properties in North America. The Home Ranch is the lone Relais & Chateaux in Colorado.
The event is free and takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 19.
"It's great," The Homesteader owner Steve Kennedy said. "It's amazing, actually, to have chefs of their caliber right here in Routt County. They're experts in their field. There's some great restaurants in town and phenomenal chefs … it's good to let people know who's here."
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The more practical of the two cookbooks is "Chefs at Home," featuring favorite recipes of Relais & Chateaux chefs that readers can cook in their own homes.
Northwest Colorado heritage makes an appearance with Nelson's beer-braised bison short ribs using meat from the Bear Mountain Bison Ranch. The Home Ranch's featured dessert is Palisade peach cobbler.
"We're trying to support the farm-to-table movement as much as possible," Nelson said. "We are also trying to involve our community here in North Routt and support our local growers. We've been here 30 years, and we're trying to be more and more one-to-one with the community.
"We're part of that culture."
The second cookbook, "85 Inspirational Chefs," which also features Nelson and Singer, highlights more high-level cooking, but some recipes might be achievable for experienced cooks, Nelson said. It also makes a nice coffee table book.
"People are addicted to them," Nelson said about cookbooks. "Seriously, they buy them to collect them, sometimes not even to cook with them."
Nelson said he's looking forward to making Sunday a unique experience for shoppers.
"Part of it is because we're not open to the public, but we want to be in touch with our community somehow and let them know we're up here," Nelson said.
For the next week and again in April, The Home Ranch offers a local special called Lunch & Ski. For $35, anyone can access the ranch's cross-country skiing trails and enjoy a gourmet lunch.
For those who don't have the chance to travel to Clark, the chefs will offer a taste of The Home Ranch at the signing events.
Hors d'oeuvres will include cocktail bratwursts made from The Home Ranch hogs. Lamb sliders feature meat from a North Routt ranch, and the chefs will provide an array of exotic cheese and meat snacks.
"I think it's going to be a great experience, a good chance for people to sample some wonderful hors d'oeuvres," Kennedy said. "It's a chance for people who are passionate about food to get together and talk about it."
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