Rancho La Puerta … Take Three

This was my third year returning to Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa in Mexico to teach at their La Cocina Que Canta cooking school. And, honestly, it gets more blissful every year. I’ll let the pictures and video clips speak for themselves.

The scenery and landscaping is striking, from tiny details to broad vistas. The natural beauty evokes a deep feeling of timelessness, while man-made additions–like sculptures that take your breath away dotted all over the property–drop you into the moment of Here. Now.

There’s a simplicity to the Ranch that instills serenity. Lines of nature are paralleled in various touches that feel as if they’ve been there forever.

And then there’s Tres Estrellas …

Tres Estrellas is the Ranch’s five acre organic garden, presided over by genius gardener Salvador (I actually wrote a poem for Salvador the first year I was there). Spend three minutes with Salvador and you’ll know that you’re with a man who has found his calling. He claws up earth to wax on about healthy soil and beams at rows of healthy eggplant as if he were praising his own children. It’s always a delight and a privilege to take students out into the garden with Salvador before cooking the ingredients he’s harvested for us (you can see a clip of that down below).

… And La Cocina Que Canta

Ah … La Cocina Que Canta. It’s heaven for cooking teachers and students alike. A gorgeous kitchen, incredible staff (that’s Gabby, Celia, Melissa and Alejandro there with me below … and my BFF, Julie, who took these pics and videos!) and all in all an inviting place to be.

Wish you could be there for a class? Watch these videos and you’ll get a taste …

It starts like this …

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And then we head out into the garden …

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Then I talk through what we’re cooking and give some mini lessons on nourishing principles …

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And then we cook! In my classes, the students do most of the work, but here I’m doing a sauteing demo with some gorgeous baby zucchini (blossoms on) that we harvested from the garden.

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I’ll see you next year at Rancho La Puerta!

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5 Replies to “Rancho La Puerta … Take Three”

    • … camping at Mount Shasta with my family. I’ll be out of pocket until Tuesday, September 6th, and look forward to getting back to you when I return.
      Thanks for your message and have wonderful holiday weekend!

      All the best,
      Lia Huber

    • … camping at Mount Shasta with my family. I’ll be out of pocket until Tuesday, September 6th, and look forward to getting back to you when I return.
      Thanks for your message and have wonderful holiday weekend!

      All the best,
      Lia Huber

  1. GREAT to see you back, Lia! Lucky are your students, no question. Yes, every year at the Ranch builds on beauty and delicious flavors. Keep teaching!  Toni Allegra

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