Kristine Kidd

Cabin Life, Cooking, Improving Lives

Kristine Kidd | Fresh Gluten-Free Food

Come up to the mountains
and stay for a cabin meal

A Bon Appetit Editor Cooks at an Alpine Cabin
Cabin Life

Trail Adventure
Super Easy Bell Pepper and Red Onion Pizza on Broccoli Crust

The air was crystal clear, the sky a true Sierra blue, the temp around 73°F, a perfect day to take our guests, Blas and Vanessa, …

Cabin Life

The Flavor of Summer
Heirloom Tomato Sauce

At the end of summer, Apple Hill, the fabulous organic farm near our cabin, harvests crate after crate of gorgeous, flavorful heirloom tomatoes in what seems like endless varieties, each one tastier than the one before. And when they have …

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Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

Welcome to the Cabin
Picnic Tomatoes with Rustic Pesto

Every time we travel to our cabin, I rouse from drive induced numbness when the Sierra peaks first come into view. It’s difficult to stay alert as we pass through the stark high desert landscape of the Owens Valley. But, about …

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Cabin Life

Celebrating Wild Flowers
Mountain Carrot Cake

Wild flowers in midsummer in the Sierra are spectacular, a real celebration of the short growing season. When hiking near North Lake, we came upon flowers in such profusion, the trails looked like English gardens. In early August, sterling blue …

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Cooking Classes at a Homeless Housing Program
Cooking to Improve Lives

Kareem Returns, a Kerfuffle
Chicken and Vegetable Sauté with Lemon
Basic Rice
Strawberry Shortcake-Again

As I was setting up for today’s class, who should saunter in but Kareem, one of the first to take my classes, and the person …

Cooking to Improve Lives

Intro to These Classes
Easy Green Pozole
My Famous Guacamole

A lanky youth walked into the community room, eyes down, mumbling an incomprehensible reply to my welcome. Then an outgoing, smiling young man bursts in with an affable hello. Next, a guy who won’t make eye contact sneaks in. Our …

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Cooking to Improve Lives

Cooking is Caring
Chicken and Vegetable Pho
Crème Brûlée

While we were eating guacamole and pozole at the end of the first class, I asked what dishes the boys would like to learn to cook. I was totally unprepared for the sophisticated requests. No one mentioned spaghetti, stir-fried chicken, …

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Cooking to Improve Lives

What’s Good with You?
Cheese Omelettes
Mustard Vinaigrette
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

I’m learning that more than a bunch of easy, inexpensive recipes to recreate, the kids want good food experiences. So, not only am I going with the request for French Omelettes, but I decided to include a cheese tasting too. …

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About me

Kristine Kidd

I was Bon Appétit magazine’s Food Editor for 20 years, and it was my responsibility to fill its pages with delicious, modern and reliable recipes. I also developed many recipes for Bon Appétit, wrote a monthly column, often created the cover dishes, and was the resident food trends expert.
Then Bon Appetit moved to New York, and I stayed in Los Angeles with my husband, ending my career at the magazine. Since then I’ve written eight cookbooks and taught about food at UCLA, wellness resorts, and on small cruise ships. Twelve years ago, I developed celiac disease, which demanded a change to my diet. I began focusing on gluten-free food, and for me that means fresh gluten-free food so delicious even people who can eat wheat love it. Most recently, I blog about the adventures and food I cook at an alpine cabin and classes I teach at a homeless housing program.
Find this super easy gluten-free pizza topped with caramelized onions and peppers on #seasonalfood #seasoalcooking #easyrecipes #cabincooking #opennaturepizza
An heirloom tomato sauce enriched with Parmesan cheese rinds. Find the recipe on my blog #applehillranch #cabinlife #seasonaleating #seasonalcooking
Find the recipe for these Picnic Tomatoes with Rustic Pesto on #seasonalfood #applehillranch #cabinlife @alpenglowgardens
I teach cooking at a homeless housing program. Here one of the youth enjoys our creations. Read more about this project on
My new blog has launched. I hope you’ll check it out.
Produce we picked at Apple Hill Ranch. Everything tastes better with their fruit and vegetables!
Peach Blackberry crisp, fruit from Apple Hill Ranch, gluten-free, but you’d never know it.
Lunch at lower Tyee Lake
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