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Bowen Close believes that food should make people happy and healthy, and loves bringing together people with creative, delicious food made from the heart. She loves making farm-inspired, flavorful dishes with sustainable ingredients - whether that's a big plate of roasted veggies, a towering chocolate layer cake, or a cocktail utilizing backyard ingredients - and collects recipes and other food-related stories on her website, Bowen Appétit. She is a chef, cooking instructor, and food writer living in Southern California with her husband and fully stocked pantry.

Vietnamese Lamb Stir-Fry with Green Beans

Vietnamese Lamb Stir-Fry with Green Beans

A delicious dish to use the bounty of summer beans. It all combines for a sweet-salty-sour-spicy palette together with gamey lamb for a flavorful meal.…

Rhubarb Liqueur

Rhubarb Liqueur

This is the liqueur of the summer. Simple to make, it is not too sweet and is great for sipping. Mix into your favorite cocktail.…

Grilled Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Ramp Pesto Sandwiches

Grilled Mozzarella, Prosciutto, and Ramp Pesto Sandwiches

Perfect for spring, grilled sandwiches with ramp pesto, mozzarella, and thin prosciutto. Feature the garlic-y onions between crusty bread while you can.…

Loaded Baked Eggs

Loaded Baked Eggs

An easy, heart-warming breakfast that can fill everyone at your morning table. Use up your leftover vegetables and ham then toss it in the oven with cheese and cracked eggs.…

Refreshing Gin Gin Mule

Refreshing Gin Gin Mule

Perfect for the porch, Gin Gin Mules combine gin, mint, ginger beer, and lime for an herby cross between a mojito and a Moscow mule.…

Fresh Pasta Handkerchiefs with Garlic Broccolini and Ricotta

Fresh Pasta Handkerchiefs with Garlic Broccolini and Ricotta

Homemade pasta is rich and buoyant, paired with tender broccolini and fresh ricotta you will be eating like a spring king.…

Updated Mexican Cocktail – A New Paloma

Updated Mexican Cocktail – A New Paloma

A grapefruit paloma cocktail with added vanilla and honey, is warmed up just enough for a cool evening on the porch.…

Cardamom Old Fashioned’s

Cardamom Old Fashioned’s

The combination of cardamom and rye is a natural extension of the traditional Old Fashioned cocktail flavors.…

Homemade Ricotta Cheese Guide

Homemade Ricotta Cheese Guide

Learn how to make ricotta cheese, the science behind the transformation, and some fabulous uses.…

Rum-Orange Hot Chocolate

Rum-Orange Hot Chocolate

Perfect for a cold evening, rum-orange hot chocolate.…

Killer Spinach Risotto with Nutmeg and Lemon

Killer Spinach Risotto with Nutmeg and Lemon

The color of this spinach risotto is incredible and the flavor is even better.…

Wild Rice Vegetable Pilaf

Wild Rice Vegetable Pilaf

Wild rice, which is not technically a rice at all, has a toasty, nutty, earthy flavor that makes for a flavorful base to a versatile pilaf.…

Honey Gimlet

Honey Gimlet

This complex and sweet - but not too sweet - cocktail pairs perfectly with the comforting foods of the colder months.…

Vietnamese Braised Eggplant and Mixed Vegetables

Vietnamese Braised Eggplant and Mixed Vegetables

This warm and filling vegetarian dish is simple to make in large batches to feed a crowd or last all week.…

Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Onion Gratin

Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Onion Gratin

This cheesy, savory gratin makes a great vegetarian main, or you could save the recipe to serve as a luxurious holiday side dish.…

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie

This rendition of classic Fall flavors is especially delectable when served a la mode.…

Apple Picker Cocktail

Apple Picker Cocktail

This cocktail is full of Autumnal flavors but, unlike many seasonal drinks, it is served cold, making it ideal for the current mild weather.…

Apple Rum Cake

Apple Rum Cake

This is the perfect dish for anyone going apple picking this season -- more apples than cake. Even if you don't, it makes a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert.…

Banana Cream Pie with Salted Caramel and Ganache

Banana Cream Pie with Salted Caramel and Ganache

If you're celebrating a banana-lover in your life, this multi-layer pie is well worth the time and effort.…

Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby

This baked pancake requires just a few ingredients to come together and can be topped with anything from lemon juice and powdered sugar to peanut butter and bananas. …

Polenta Olive Oil Layer Cake with Fruit and Créme Fraîche Whipped Cream

Polenta Olive Oil Layer Cake with Fruit and Créme Fraîche Whipped Cream

Créme fraîche adds an elevated quality to whipped cream in this stunning, but easy-to-assemble dessert.…

Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds

These are pumpkin seeds gone luxury, coated in a sweet and spicy mixture of brown sugar, butter, and spices and baked until toasted and caramelized.…

Summer Cocktail – Herbed Citrus Radler

Summer Cocktail – Herbed Citrus Radler

The more flavorful your beer the stronger you may want the lemonade to be. Or not. In general you can play with the ratios as you like.…

Grapefruit Margarita Spritzer

Grapefruit Margarita Spritzer

Sitting in the backyard after work, on a warm evening, with a cocktail in hand and a tasty, fresh snack nearby. A perfect image of summer.…

Roasted Sunchokes with Pumpkin Seeds, Pickled Red Onion and Shaved Parmesan

Roasted Sunchokes with Pumpkin Seeds, Pickled Red Onion and Shaved Parmesan

Warm sunchokes make a perfect combination with the pumpkin seeds, the little bursts of cold, piquant pickled onion, and the creamy shavings of Parmesan.…

Basic Risotto

Basic Risotto

You can serve it for its silky, stripped-down self as a side dish, or as a main mixed with almost any combination of vegetables, meats, eggs, and sauces.…

Spring cocktail – Frühling’s 19

Spring cocktail – Frühling’s 19

If you want to use Campari for this cocktail instead of Aperol, try reducing the amount to 1/2 ounce and increasing the simple syrup to compensate.…

Spring Cocktail – Honey-Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour

Spring Cocktail – Honey-Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sour

Quick, fresh, ridiculously easy version of a whiskey sour, nothing but Meyer lemon juice, orange juice, honey, and bourbon.…

West Coast Wild Rice Soup

West Coast Wild Rice Soup

You need approximately 2 cups of cooked wild rice to make this soup. Ideally it’s real wild rice from a local grower.…

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Just a little chicken, pounded into thin, tender slices and coated with a bit of savory salt and pepper flour.…

Ginger and Apple Bourbon Cocktail

Ginger and Apple Bourbon Cocktail

Bowen Close invites us to try this wonderful ginger and apple bourbon cocktail.…

Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

If you’re in a place where tomatoes are still in their prime, this is a quick, easy, and tasty appetizer or side dish.…

Chipotle Chilaquiles

Chipotle Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles is a hearty dish, full of flavor, and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or, well yes, dinner.…

Perfect Appetizer – Beet and Feta Bruschetta

Perfect Appetizer – Beet and Feta Bruschetta

This beet and feta bruschetta recipe from Bowen Close is the perfect easy to make appetizer.…

Snapshots from Argentina, the Land of Beef

Snapshots from Argentina, the Land of Beef

Bowen Close is in Argentina to immerse herself in the food and culture in the land of beef. …

Holiday Breakfast – Buttermilk Brown Sugar French Toast

Holiday Breakfast – Buttermilk Brown Sugar French Toast

The brown sugar and vanilla adds a smoky depth to the flavor of these buttermilk French toasts.…

African Chicken Peanut Soup

African Chicken Peanut Soup

This delicious African chicken soup is full of spices and thickened with peanut butter. …

Brown Sugar Applesauce with Bourbon and Vanilla

Brown Sugar Applesauce with Bourbon and Vanilla

Whether you've gone apple picking or picked up a bag at the farmers market, here's a great idea for what to do with your apple overflow.…

Oliveto Cocktail – A Delicious Gin, Olive Oil and Egg White Drink

Oliveto Cocktail – A Delicious Gin, Olive Oil and Egg White Drink

This cocktail is a successful culinary surprise, built on simple ingredients and techniques to produce something entirely new and delicious. …

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Sugar and Drizzled Maple Icing

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Sugar and Drizzled Maple Icing

Toasty and chewy oatmeal cookies that showcase the pure flavor of maple sugar.…

Eating Montreal in 48 Hours

Eating Montreal in 48 Hours

With only 48 hours in Montreal, Bowen Close decides to make the most of her visit, and dive headfirst into the city's food scene. …

Minneapolis – Scandinavian Heritage at The Bachelor Farmer

Minneapolis – Scandinavian Heritage at The Bachelor Farmer

Bowen Close checks out one of the most talked about restaurants in Minneapolis, The Bachelor Farmer.…

A Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

A Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Bowen Close re-visits her childhood Great Minnesota Get-Together fair after more than a decade of absence.…

Penticton, British Columbia – Deep in the Wine Valley

Penticton, British Columbia – Deep in the Wine Valley

Bowen Close visited Penticton in British Columbia, and witnessed the incredible agricultural and viticultural bounty of the area.…

Blueberry Yogurt Coffee Cake

Blueberry Yogurt Coffee Cake

An extra-moist coffee cake packed with berries and a crunchy cinnamon sugar crumble. …

Summer Blended Gazpacho

Summer Blended Gazpacho

Chilled soup, silky and cool, with the garden freshness of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, and the flavors of garlic, oil, and vinegar.…

Cherry Bourbon Fizz

Cherry Bourbon Fizz

Bourbon and cherries love each other, and citrus juice and a bit of fizz make this more summery than its Manhattan kin.…

A Weekend of Food at the Oregon Country Fair

A Weekend of Food at the Oregon Country Fair

Food options at the Oregon Country Fair range from simple salads and smoothies to extravagant sandwiches and ethnic cuisines of many sorts.…

Peach Upside-down Cornmeal Skillet Cake

Peach Upside-down Cornmeal Skillet Cake

The cornmeal, the skillet, and the whole upside-down business make for a crispy edge, with a soft interior and a gooey, sweet caramel glaze.…

Lime Cornmeal Cookies with Raspberry Mojito Glaze

Lime Cornmeal Cookies with Raspberry Mojito Glaze

Bowen Close went just a little crazy on a batch of lime cornmeal cookies.…

Front Porch Lemonade with Bourbon, Ginger and Mint

Front Porch Lemonade with Bourbon, Ginger and Mint

Bourbon, lemonade, ginger, and mint - a perfect drink to sip on a lazy summer evening.…

Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Buttercream

Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes with Condensed Milk Buttercream

Bowen Close steeps Thai tea in a mixture of milk and sweet condensed milk to make a delicious cupcake.…

Summer Cocktail: Cucumber Rose Gimlet

Summer Cocktail: Cucumber Rose Gimlet

And as we begin to celebrate summer with grills and backyards and whatnots, why not prepare yourself with a refreshing summery cocktail?…

Homemade Cajeta – Mexican Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce

Homemade Cajeta – Mexican Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce

Cajeta is Mexican caramel, made with slowly-cooked sweetened goats milk and infused with spices and flavorings.…

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Brown Butter

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Brown Butter

Bowen Close serves a grown-up banana bread with nutty whole wheat flour and browned butter. …

Hearty BLT Bread Salad

Hearty BLT Bread Salad

Bowen Close serves all the great flavors of a BLT in a crisp, hearty salad.…

Chipotle Chilaquiles – a Tasty Exercise in Fridge Diving

Chipotle Chilaquiles – a Tasty Exercise in Fridge Diving

Flavorful, hearty, and easy chipotle chilaquiles make a great meal for any time of day. …

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy granola bars are an incredibly easy recipe that can serve as a tasty breakfast or snack.…