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: chocolate represents 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 and I became a ski bum. I made lifelong friends, including my husband Robbie, on Utah’s slopes.

With my employer’s support and encouragement,  I wrote Chocolate Snowball: and Other Fabulous Pastries from Deer Valley Bakery. I had the luck to revise the cookbook before the paperback version went to press. I got to delete some recipes and add in eight more, reflecting the growth and changes that have made Deer Valley a world class and award-winning ski area.

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?

Chocolate Snowball, this website, is all about Deer Valley’s bakery, sweet treats with stories to go along.

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 veggie-centric food blog, lettyskitchen.com. Each week you’ll learn what’s on my my fork these days, seasonable yummy and mostly vegetarian food. .

I love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact me here or at lettyskitchen.com.