Kelley Epstein
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Chef It Up with Kelley Epstein

Sharing recipes and anecdotes from her high-altitude kitchen.

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A native of Utah, Kelley Epstein blogs as Mountain Mama Cooks, sharing recipes that are seasonal, mostly healthful, sometimes indulgent, family-friendly and uncomplicated to prepare. Along with running her blog, she works part-time as a private chef in Park City, Utah, for local families, seasonal visitors, Sundance Film Festival-goers, and her two young boys and husband of 15-plus years. When not cooking, she’s on the slopes snowboarding. In her first cookbook, Après All Day (Chronicle, 2021), Epstein shares recipes that capture the après-ski culture and mountain town life.

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Kelley Epstein’s Ski Soup

Ski Soup

Cooking Tips at Altitude:

1. When cooking meat, add up to 25 percent more time than called for. A food thermometer is key. Test often so you don’t overcook.

2. Pasta takes longer to cook at altitude as the boiling point is lower. When cooking pasta, add 10 to 15 percent more cooking time than the recipe calls for.

3. With casseroles, add a few minutes of extra cooking time and keep covered for the majority of the cooking time. This compensates for the additional time it takes for the food to cook through, and covering helps keep food from drying out.

Apres all day

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