Chocolate! Did you know that the Latin word for chocolate is cacao theobroma, which means “food of the gods?” I dipped into chocolate daily when I baked as a pastry chef for 30 years–it’s the culinary nibble of my snowball life.

When I was in college I fell in love with the sport of skiing.  I moved to America’s powder snow mecca in the Wasatch range of the Rockies to go to the University of Utah and be a ski bum. I made lifelong friends, including my husband Robbie, on Utah’s slopes.

I wrote Chocolate Snowball: and Other Fabulous Pastries from Deer Valley Bakery. Several years later I revised and updated my cookbook for a paperback version, deleting a few recipes and adding eight more, reflecting the growth and changes that make Deer Valley a world class award-winning ski area.

I retired from Deer Valley in October 2013, though kitchens continue to be my life. I’m into digital publishing now, by way of my vegetarian and healthy dessert food blog, lettyskitchen.com. Each week you’ll learn what’s on my my fork these days, seasonable yummy vegetarian food.

Deer Valley Resort’s signature dessert, Chocolate Snowball, is a rich, dark chocolate cake with whipped cream snowflakes. Don’t you agree that Chocolate Snowball is the perfect cookbook title for a ski resort especially honored for its cuisine?

I love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact me via my new website lettyskitchen.com.