About Kris Stewart

Kris Larsen Stewart is a French-trained chef. She’s a mom to two boys and two dogs, and teaches cooking classes in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to motherhood, Kris co-owned FreshTV, and was a producer/writer for Food Network, HGTV, and Discovery Networks. Her article at www.thecarrotseed.net discusses overcoming secondary infertility and conceiving naturally after two failed IVF cycles.

Sweet Potato Colcannon

My married name is Stewart, and St. Patrick’s Day at our house is no minor holiday. I saw Bon Appetit's colcannon recipe in a lineup St. Patrick’s Day fare. It looked hearty and good for a crowd, and it was. After the festivities, I set out to create a healthier, everyday easy weeknight version. This dish [...]

Butternut Squash Soup with Sea Scallops and Vegetable “Purses”

A friend came up with this butternut squash soup recipe, and when he served it, his elegant presentation wowed everyone. He placed one perfectly seared sea scallop in the middle of a bowl, ladled butternut squash soup around it, then topped the scallop with an elegant vegetable “purse” made from a egg roll wrapper tied with a [...]

Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

Last summer we stopped for a snack at Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits. I ordered the first item on the menu – usually a good bet - a Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, along with a tasty handcrafted cocktail. I guess the idea of a warm salad made up of America’s most despised vegetable just got my attention. [...]

Simple Chicken Skewers with Spicy, Nutty Sauce

I got lucky last night. I tried out a new dish with my boys and they loved it. Ate every single bite without stopping, then asked for more when it was gone. These grilled chicken skewers with spicy nutty sauce are tasty, and snazzy enough to serve to adults. Jackpot. I was surprised because my boys aren't [...]

Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Red Peppers

Montana peaches are coming soon – we are about to enter the best few weeks of the year to enjoy the local bounty. To take advantage of our abundance of peaches, I simplified a recipe from License to Grill, and put peaches on skewers with chicken and red peppers. The result: a simple summer meal perfect with a green salad. You can easily substitute fish for chicken, or substitute whatever veggies you like.

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

Who doesn't love pancakes for breakfast? Yum! But traditional American pancakes are laden with sugar and gluten - just what we don't need for breakfast. Since we all need protein to balance our blood sugar throughout the day, I decided to give myself a quick deadline. "Who wants pancakes?" I called, and quickly heard "I do, mom! Yay, pancakes!" Wanting to fill up our bellies with protein and smart carbs, I took out the almond flour and eggs, also some leftover sweet potatoes, cinnamon, vanilla and baking powder.

Shrimp Tacos, Tacos de Camerón

Those who know me well have certainly heard “I’ll eat anything in a tortilla” along the way. I’m only sort of kidding that I think of them as a life-giving force. Let’s just say when our dear neighbors announced they were opening Victory Taco in the parking lot of The Lark, my heart sang.

Budino Reinvented

When Blackbird Kitchen opened in my hometown in 2009, they introduced many of their fans to budino, the Italian, totally decadent dessert. It’s a knock-your-socks-off custard made with cream, eggs, sugar, and chocolate that’s cooked, chilled, then served with olive oil and sea salt on top. Its consistency is closer to fudge than regular custard. [...]

Guacamole My Way

Rich and filling, avocados are high in fat – the good kind – and relatively calorie-dense. Guacamole, the salad/sauce of avocado, tomato, chiles, onion, and cilantro, is at its best when at its freshest and simplest – which doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a secret ingredient! A generous dollop of Chipotle Vegenaise adds a [...]

Moroccan Chicken & Butternut Squash Soup

I teach cooking classes at Cancer Support Community in Bozeman, Montana, and one of the regular participants requested that I teach something with butternut squash. I started with this recipe but tried to make it more nutrient-dense by increasing the amounts of protein and healthy fat. Its medium-thick broth is hearty, sweet and spicy. The [...]