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An Evening at La Cocina Que Canta

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Have you ever experienced an evening at La Cocina Que Canta?  Last week I had the opportunity to attend our new cooking class, Salsa y Salsa.  It was a gorgeous evening on the farm.  The weather was warm with a slight breeze.  As soon as we arrived, we were handed refreshing drinks adorned with herbs from the garden.

Chef Denise Roa did a wonderful demonstration of how to make three different types of salsa.  Then we were escorted on a tour of the gardens, nibbling on fresh veggies as we wandered the grounds before arriving at the beautifully decorated dinner table on the patio.  We ate outside as the sun was setting, devouring Arugula and Blackberry Salad, Roasted Asparagus, and Coconut Almond Cookies to die for.  We were completely entertained by Manuel Velasquez’s verbal history lesson of salsa…and of course, then there was the dancing!

If you have never experienced a cooking class while at The Ranch, I highly recommend it.  You will see a different side of what The Ranch has to offer.  Chef Denise is so passionate about farm-to-table cooking and the food is so delicious that by the end of the night, you won’t want to leave.
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Origins of the Ranch, Part VI

The year was 1935…and even then the Professor’s bread was good. Very good. And so, too, were the “good radiations.” Englishwoman Florence Mahon’s recounting of her seven-month journey to “The Cure” continues; the setting a camp at Lake Elsinore, California—five … Continue reading



Friday Night Fiesta

If you’ve been to The Ranch, then you know about the Friday Night Fiesta! After a week of working out, eating healthy and “being good,” at The Ranch, Friday night is all about letting go and celebrating!  I recently had … Continue reading



Origins of the Ranch, Part V

Fascinating techniques on everything from sleep and breathing to chewing foods… The Professor continues his “breaking down” methods of eliminating disease and toxins from the body, as chronicled by Florence Mahon, a health refugee from England who, along with her … Continue reading



Origins of the Ranch, Part III

Our story to date: Rancho La Puerta co-Founder Edmond Szekely, in Tahiti on a scientific health expedition, meets Purcell Weaver in 1934. Weaver, a young Englishman suffering from ill health, solves his health problems under Szekely’s tutelage, and becomes Szekely’s … Continue reading


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Origins of the Ranch, Part II

  Feeling better following Edmond’s Szekely’s health plan, Purcell Weaver begins working for Edmond as a translator in Tahiti…and plans for the future take form. The following story is from Purcell Weaver’s Preface to Edmond Szekely’s book “Man, Cosmos & … Continue reading


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