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August 2, 2010 • 10 Comments

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Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark

Wanderash is a caterer and writer currently living in Guadalajara, Mexico, following stints in San Francisco, Napa and Honduras. From Guadalajara, she co-writes a blog with her Germany-based cousin Jiffer called Smash and Sniff (as childhood pen pals, wanderash was the Smash, Jiffer the Sniff) about raising young children and eating well in far corners of the planet.

Her worldly background lends itself to eclectic recipes like Four Generation Peach Pie with Coconut Meringue Crust, Fish Cooked in Banana Leaves with Tomatillos and Guajillo Chilis, White Asparagus Ribbons with Morels and Brown Butter and, of course, her Edible Gift contest-winning Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark.

Wanderash, we know it's summer and you're busy eating 22-course meals at Alinea and trotting around logging festivals and dairy farms in Montana, but when you're done, wander back on over to food52 -- we've been missing your recipes! See wanderash's profile page and fan her here.

Read her profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    ant larvae
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    soup
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    the food processor my parents got for their wedding. it has a robocoup engine and is still running after 35 yrs!
  • Your ideal meal:
    anything eaten leisurely with good friends who love food.
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    a whole pig
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    0
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    8-10
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    cluttered countertops
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    that is too hard... but, if i had to hold on to one, or two.... Hot Sour Salty Sweet AND Mangoes & Curry Leaves both by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford. Incredible , edible culinary journeys.

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    over 4 years ago lapadia

    Congrats on shining in the spotlight, love the chocolate bark and the "sniff and smash" picture...which are you, sniff or smash?

    Ashtaco

    over 4 years ago wanderash

    heeheehee! I am Smash; it is Sniff's childhood nickname for me. I called her Sniff (and still do). We also thought it had fun food connotations!

    Winnie100

    over 4 years ago WinnieAb

    Love love love your chocolate bark recipe and congrats on this spotlight! Looking forward to checking out your blog and hope to see more of your interesting and delicious recipes back here soon.

    Ashtaco

    over 4 years ago wanderash

    This is such an amazing honor! Thank you Food52!!! I'll be planning and plotting delicious flavors again soon... l just need school to start back up :)

    Ashtaco

    over 4 years ago wanderash

    Don't I know it! All those things, and so much more make Darby, MT (and all of the Bitterroot Valley) a special place. My husband and I were married there and in honor of the spot, our son's middle name is Darby!

    Kabul1

    over 4 years ago jifferb

    yeaaaahhhhh for spotlighting my incredibly talented cousin! a faaaaabulous cook, writer, mother and hilarious, crazy, daring, brilliant, warm wonderful person! i am such a fan! xx

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    over 4 years ago dymnyno

    Hey! welcome back! I just looked up your blog...very nice...you are so lucky to live in a beautiful place (at least one of you?). I have stayed at Triple Creek a couple of times doing food and wine dinners. I remember the last time the whole valley was a morel muchroom paradise (after the big fire).

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    over 4 years ago drbabs

    Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

    Wanderash, I was just thinking about you! I was looking for edible gift ideas and found your wonderful chocolate bark and thought, "wow, she hasn't posted a recipe in awhile!" And here you are! Congratulations!

    Dscn0624

    over 4 years ago themissingingredient

    Interest blog, but that same redneck outpost, Darby, is also home to Triple Creek Ranch which is the top rated luxury Relais Chateau hotel and the fabulous fly fishing streams around Darby were the setting for A River Runs Through It.

    Ashtaco

    over 4 years ago wanderash

    Don't I know it! All those things, and so much more make Darby, MT (and all of the Bitterroot Valley) a special place. My husband and I were married there and in honor of the spot, our son's middle name is Darby!