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Our guests often ask for recipes from the Latigo Ranch kitchen.  We plan to post a new recipe here regularly. 

Lisa searches for recipe ideas and often finds new recipes to try, and if we like them, Randy experiments to figure out how to make them work when preparing them for 30+ guests.  Sometimes what we end up with is quite different from the original  and other times we make little change.  

Since most of you don't live at 9,000 ft. above sea level like we do, we have adjusted the recipes for baked goods for low altitude.  If you do need to correct for higher altitudes, please feel free to email us for suggestions.

Enjoy your cooking, eating, and friendship around the table.

Randy & Lisa George

Recipe of the Week


Paleo Maple Ice Cream

Paleo Maple Ice Cream

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It’s not often that you can say ‘Paleo’ and ‘Ice Cream’ and ‘delicious’ in the same sentence, but they belong together with this recipe.  Spencer created this for a rehearsal dinner we had at the ranch where a number of the guests couldn’t have dairy, gluten, or sugar.  It was SO delicious and so worth repeating.  Cremodan 64 is a sorbet stabilizer and can be purchased on Amazon. Read More
Elderflower Cheesecake

Elderflower Cheesecake

Sunday, December 04, 2016

With three components to this dessert, it’s not something you’d whip up ten minutes before dinner. As with all of Spencer’s desserts, though, the extra effort is definitely worth it. Heaven in your mouth!

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Raspberry Walnut Shortbread Bars

Raspberry Walnut Shortbread Bars

Thursday, November 17, 2016

These are a delightful treat with a cup of tea! Read More
Maple Pecan Pie

Maple Pecan Pie

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The maple syrup adds a deep and rich flavor to this gorgeous pie.  It keeps well, too, so you can make one for company and have the other to nibble on all week! Read More
Maple Pecan Brownies (Grain Free)

Maple Pecan Brownies (Grain Free)

Friday, January 01, 2016

This wonderful Paleo-friendly brownie recipe was even a hit with non-Paleo people this holiday season, and that’s a pretty good recommendation.  Great flavor, great texture, and therefore a great way to satisfy a chocolate craving.  The recipe originally was found on www.everydaymaven.com, and I had to make no adjustments for altitude.  I did switch out the unsweetened baking chocolate for dark chocolate chips as we think the taste is so much better.

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Paleo 3 Layer No-bake Chocolate Pie

Paleo 3 Layer No-bake Chocolate Pie

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I found the basics for this recipe on Pinterest from the site, www.veganricha.com .  I modified it a tad to fit the ingredients I had and the process that worked for me.  It was hugely successful for the vegan and the paleo person at our table.  It seemed like a lot of work to make it, but next time I won’t wash the food processor between the first and second layer.  I’ll also make them in bar form because cutting and serving them like a small piece of fudge would be much more desirable than having a slice of pie for dessert. Read More
Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I love this time of year when I can actively hunt for recipes that call for fresh rhubarb, and this delicious cake has the potential to please even those not wishing to go gluten free.  I thought it was a fitting dessert for our 28th anniversary dinner.  Thanks to my wonderful husband for the beautiful roses featured in the background! Read More
Fudgy Nut Pie

Fudgy Nut Pie

Friday, January 30, 2015

One bite of this luscious pie made us think of the filling for our famous Revel Bars.  What a wonderful experience! Read More
Self-Saucing Chocolate Mug Cakes

Self-Saucing Chocolate Mug Cakes

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I found this recipe in a recent catalog from King Arthur Flour Company.  I love a dessert served warm from the oven, and my family adores this one.   Read More

Blueberry Upside Down Skillet Cake - GF or Regular

Monday, January 27, 2014

Blueberry Upsidedown Skille Cake

I found this delightful dessert recipe in the March 2014 issue of Taste of Home magazine. In substituting the rice and tapioca flour for the all-purpose flour initially listed in the recipe, I converted it to gluten free. Not only was it a great dinner dessert, but I’m thinking the left overs will make a great mid-morning snack.

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GF Pumpkin Spice Cake

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I had some left over baked sweet potatoes and thought I’d give them a try in this cake recipe.  To avoid a lumpy cake, I blended the peeled, baked potatoes with the other liquids, and it turned out beautifully.  I don’t know how well it will keep because it was all gone within 24 hours!

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Individual Chocolate Souffles

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

We savored every bite of this wonderful dessert. Read More

Peach Upside Down Cake - Gluten Free

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This last summer I sliced and froze a couple of cases worth of fresh peaches in recloseable plastic bags, and this was a wonderful use for that summer-y treat.  I’m sure you could successfully substitute canned peaches or even pears.  This is a phenomenal dessert! Read More

GF Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake

Thursday, November 22, 2012

This is a delightful cake; it tastes like Thanksgiving! Read More

Easy Peach Cobbler - Gluten Free

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This cobbler recipe came from Southern Living in 1997, but I adapted it to be gluten free to great success.  Not only was it outstanding served warm with ice cream for dessert, but it was also just as tasty cold for breakfast the next day. Read More

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This time of year, I’m on the lookout for recipes that will help me use up frozen bags of rhubarb so that I have room for new.  This was an awesome discovery!  I didn’t want texture in the ice cream though, so I strained the berries and rhubarb after I chilled it.  Then I folded in the whipped cream and put it in the machine.  It was terrific on a slice of rhubarb pie! Read More

Lemon Cake - Gluten Free

Friday, May 11, 2012

The texture and taste of this wonderful lemon cake made me very surprised that it is gluten free.  The original recipe called for making it in two loaf pans, but a cake suited our purposes better.  There was less risk of it falling that way.   It takes us three days to go through it, and it’s still good on the third day. Read More

Gluten Free Fudge Almond Tart

Monday, March 05, 2012

Decadent, rich, intensely chocolaty, and gluten free!  Those words aren’t often found together in the same sentence.  Trust me, though.  You will savor every bite! Read More

Double Chocolate Pudding

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lots of silence except for the sounds of spoons getting every last bit out of the bowl.  That’s what I heard at our table tonight when I made this chocolate pudding.  We found the recipe in Food and Wine, and with a few healthy alterations, we’re going to be making this often. Read More

GF Cowboy Chocolate Cake

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I’ve been enjoying learning about gluten free baking with the cookbook from the Culinary Institute of America.  It has 5 different blends that create different textures in the product, so as I discover new successes from the book, I’ll include the composition of the blend that’s called for. Read More

Java Cream Drops

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I had this recipe clipped and saved in a file for who knows how long, and when I made it the other day, it got voted into the regular routine of desserts.  It’s a great chocolate and coffee combination.  It’s adjusted for sea level baking. Read More

Low fat Strawberry Shortcake

Sunday, February 27, 2011

We had our first strawberry shortcake of 2011 tonight thanks to great California strawberries.  Years ago I came across a healthier, lower fat shortcake recipe, and it has served me well.  We slice strawberries, sprinkle them with a bit of sugar, and let them sit while the shortcake is in the oven.  Sometimes we slice the biscuits in half, put a scoop of ice cream and some strawberries in the middle, top with the biscuit half and repeat the layers, topping of course with whipped cream Read More

Peach Skillet Cake

Sunday, October 10, 2010

This is one of our new, favorite desserts to have at home.  I use a 9 inch cast iron skillet and frozen, fresh peaches.  I also have been using Smart Balance butter sticks which appear to be only half as bad for you as regular butter.  Eat it warm from the oven topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  It easily serves 6. Read More

Strawberry Breakfast Cake

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This is a delightful cake for breakfast, tea, or any other time you’d like a sweet treat. Read More

Blueberry Dream Pie

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Pies are the favorite dessert at our house because what doesn’t get eaten for dinner dessert usually gets consumed for breakfast the next day.  This great new pie can use fresh or frozen blueberries, so it will be a nice taste of summer in our bleak mid winter.  The recipe came from Taste of Home (Aug 2010). Read More

Brownie Surprise Cupcakes

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I received the inspiration for this decadent dessert from a local, rural magazine called The Fence Post.  Instead of using a box brownie mix, I just used our favorite quite brownie recipe. Read More

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Sunday, April 04, 2010

If it’s possible to bake something that tastes like summer, this is it.  It’s easier to make than shortcake but just as comforting. Read More

Blueberry Angel Dessert

Sunday, February 28, 2010

This is a wonderful dessert that’s low in fat but high in flavor.  It’s a huge hit with my family, and it often gets consumed as breakfast the day after I serve it for dinner dessert. Read More

Heavenly Hash

Monday, February 15, 2010

I was looking for a quick chocolate recipe to make for our guests who celebrated Valentine’s Day with us, and Hannah thinks this one is a winner.  Our guests did too. Read More

Cranberry Sherbet

Sunday, December 06, 2009

This frozen salad is a traditional dish for my family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and we actually like it for a light dessert all year long. Read More

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This is a wonderful desert that all of our staff raved about. Read More

Diaphanous Delight aka Chocolate Mint Éclair Dessert

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The name for this delightful dessert came one day at lunch when we were discussing a new word to our vocabulary.  Hannah was explaining that diaphanous meant light or transparent, and then I said I could make a diaphanous dessert in an attempt at alliteration.  Spencer chimed in and said that the following dessert (which seems to be his current favorite) deserved the name. Read More

Orange Date Muffins

Sunday, March 29, 2009

These simple muffins make a delicious breakfast or a light dessert Read More

Chocolate Mug Cake

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I received this recipe in an e-mail labeled “Dangerous Chocolate Cake”.  Because you mix it up and microwave a single serving in a coffee mug, it means one is only 5 minutes away from a serving of warm chocolate cake.  Very dangerous indeed.  I recently tried it in the form of waffles, and they made a quick and tasty dessert with a bit of ice cream and chocolate sauce.  One recipe served 4 of us. Read More

White Chocolate Truffles

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I sent a package of these delicious treats to my father-in-law for his birthday, and the rest of them were put out on the buffet for our skiing guests.  They didn’t last long, and the recipe was requested, so I think they qualify as a hit. Read More

Caramel Apple Dumplings

Sunday, March 08, 2009

If you reach the 5:00 hour and don’t have a tasty dessert in mind, give these a try.  I simmered the sauce just before I served dinner and then plopped the dumplings in as we were sitting down.  When the 10 minute timer went off, I just turned off the burner and left the lid on the pot.  They were warm and tasty when we were ready for dessert. Read More

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Pies

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Guests will rave around the dinner table. Read More

Frosty Toffee Bits Pie

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A great cool and light dessert for hot summer days. Read More

Chocolate Mint Cake

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Chocolate is not the only flavor for desserts, but it probably shows up way more often than anything else at our place.  Add mint, and you most definitely have a winner Read More

Spencer's Favorite Apple Crisp

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We have tried several apple crisp recipes over the years and my son Spencer loves this particular one for dessert at any meal or for breakfast.... Read More