ABOUT OUTLANDER KITCHEN

The Short Version

Welcome to Outlander Kitchen! My name is Theresa Carle-Sanders and I am a professional chef, food writer and unabashed fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

Culloden Farmhouse - About Outlander Kitchen

The Long Version

I cooked and baked alongside my mom and grandmas from the time I could stand on a stool and reach the counter. I made breakfast (eggs – scrambled, fried or coddled – bacon, toast and OJ) with my dad almost every Sunday until I finally moved out on my own.

My family ate out a lot. Dad had an appreciation for GOOD food that was unusual in the 70’s. My mom, brothers and I were happy to tag along to his newest find, sometimes fine dining, but more often a place like that hole-in-the-wall in Chinatown where we sat at a green picnic table, sucking the meat out of the best Black-Bean Crab Claws this side of Canton.  Dad’s enthusiasm for food sparked a passion in me. To this day, I spend most of my free time in the kitchen.

Once we were home, the kitchen clean and the dishes put away, mom would put me to bed with a book.  She read to me as an infant, and started me on a lifetime of adventure, both on and off the pages.

Theresa Carle-Sanders Outlander Kitchen

So, what does a genetically wired bookworm/foodie grow up to be?  Why, an Operations Manager for FedEx in downtown Vancouver, of course!

My journey along that path is a long and mostly uninteresting one, but it ended in a small blaze of glory and a shouting match with an angry customer who didn’t like my definition of next-day delivery when the destination, Tokyo, is 17 hours ahead and a 10-hour flight away.  I may have mentioned Superman flying rings around the world to reverse time, but the details are a little fuzzy 12 years on.

When I distill my disenchantment down to that one incident, it’s funny.  But in truth, I was desperately unhappy.  Something would have eventually forced me to make a change, but from the happy place where I am now, I occasionally throw a silent thank you to that guy for being the match that lit my tired, bitter tinder.

I went for a long walk after we cleaned up the mess of waybills scattered all over the floor (that was him — not me — I swear), and awoke from one of my typical apathetic musings to find myself looking out to the Pacific from the apex of the Burrard Street Bridge.  Without really thinking, and before I even knew I’d made my decision, I pulled my cell phone from my pocket, dropped it over the railing into English Bay and watched it disappear without a splash.* Then I walked back to the office and phoned my boss to give 2 weeks notice.

Theresa - Pender Island

I spent my first job-free morning in a bookstore.  I wandered the shelves for a long time with no title, author or genre in mind, until intuition, silent from my hearing for so many years in corporate management, had me pick up a bold-looking red-and-black paperback with a gold clock on the front.  I needed an escape, and time-travel seemed as good a way as any to get the heck out of Dodge.

Diving into Claire’s happenstance adventure gave me room to breathe.  After years of pursuing someone else’s path, I used the space to rediscover myself, and by the time I had finished The Fiery Cross, DG’s last book at the time, I had begun, once again, to dream of my own adventures.

The following year, halfway through my 2nd Outlander reread (including ABOSAA by this point), My Englishman and I followed our hearts on a whim and settled on Pender Island – a small, tree-covered rock in the Straight of Georgia between Vancouver and Victoria – for a quieter, simpler, semi-rural life at a gentler speed.

Rebuilding can take time, even when the foundations are solid.  It took me a two more years of decompression and self-reflection, a couple menial “island” jobs to keep us afloat, and a week-long silent retreat in Maine to realize that the only way forward was to return to my roots.  So, with the winds of instinct filling my sails once again, I said goodbye to My Englishman for 6 months, moved back to Vancouver, and back in with my mom, to attend culinary school.

I may be a dreamer, but I’m under no delusions.  Nearly forty-year-old cooking school graduates don’t have the stamina to work their way up the prep-cook ladder…especially when their career choices are as limited as they are here on Pender.

Theresa - About Outlander Kitchen

So, in between catering jobs and the selling the Island’s best Breakfast Buns at the Saturday Farmer’s Market, I started a blog called Island Vittles.

I was out for a walk in the woods one day when an idea for Food from Fiction popped into my head.  By the time I was home, I had Rolls with Pigeon & Truffles from Voyager on the brain, and had dreamed up a short, five-question, food-related interview that I fired off to DG’s Canadian publicist within the hour.

Outlander Kitchen grew out of that first email, and Diana’s generous response the next day.

Which pretty much brings us up to date.  There is talk of a possible cookbook, but nothing certain for now.

A big thank you to Diana Gabaldon for her permission to use excerpts from Outlander, and for allowing me to mine her pages for food inspiration.  I also appreciate her trust in me to treat her epic story with the respect it deserves.

Thank you, as well, to all of you who come to sit around OK’s hearth every week.  My life is so full of food, laughter, light, love and friends.  For a girl who now makes most of her decisions (seemingly) on the fly, I’m closer to the target than I’ve ever been.

(Whew.  Told you it was the long version.)

My Englishman - Howard

Now it’s time for you to meet the rest of the OK Family.

Howard moved to Canada from his birthplace in the UK eighteen years ago just to be with me, and that makes me feel pretty special. His resume includes zookeeper, safari guide and tour director — all before I even knew him! He is now a realtor here on Pender.  Check out his website at Homes On Pender.

Despite being a Sassenach with a strong physical resemblance to (my) Frank Randall, My Englishman has a naturally discerning palate, which makes him OK’s chief taste tester.  He washes a few bottles now and then too.

Theresa and Koda

The third member of the team is Koda, or the Dooze, as he is mostly known around here.

He’s an 11 year old Shiba Inu that we adopted from the SPCA 6 years ago.  He likes cheese, home-baked bread and walks on the beach.

He has yet to catch his own fish for dinner, but if you need your house patrolled for spiders and flies, the Dooze is your man.

*(Don’t throw your cell phone in the water.  It’s bad for the environment.  Best not to buy one at all, if you ask me.)


I’d love to hear your comments or questions…or how Outlander changed your life.  Please comment below, or drop me a line at outlanderkitchen(at)shaw(dot)ca

105 Comments

  1. Shelley

    I love these books and I love food. :) This sounds like the perfect combo.

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    • Theresa

      Great to have you in the kitchen, Shelley! Theresa

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  2. MarthaB

    Well all I can say is,”what will they think of next?” what a great idea! Love your site.

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  3. Lee Ann

    This is such a great idea! I believe I found Island Vittles through Diana Gabaldon’s site…so it all comes full circle. I look forward to the posts!

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    • Theresa

      Hey, Lee Ann — great to see you here! Theresa

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  4. Julia Marks Zuniga

    Theresa, on one posting or comment, you mentioned you lived on an island – is that in or off England or are you in the States? I’m just trying to figure out what part of the world you live in! :) Julia

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    • Theresa

      Julia — My husband is English and I am Canadian. We met in the UK, but have lived in British Columbia, Canada since we were married 16 years ago. We moved from my birthplace, Vancouver, about 8 years ago to Pender Island (pop 2200) — in the Southern Gulf Islands between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. I write a lot about our island life on my other site: http://islandvittles.com/category/island-life/ — please check it out if you’re interested! Theresa

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  5. Needs Mead

    Terrific idea! I’m certainly in favor of cooking food from works of fiction, and it looks like you’re off to a really terrific start. Keep ‘em coming! :)

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    • Theresa

      Thanks Needs! Lovers of food from fiction are always welcome in my kitchen…

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  6. Jenn (eating bender)

    This is fantastic! I’m so glad you stopped by my blog today. I can’t wait to continue to read yours as I go through the series. It’s an absolutely genius idea to combine amazing books with amazing food. Kudos to you! :)

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    • Theresa

      Thanks so much Jenn! Enjoy the Outlander journey…it’s a real ride!

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  7. outlanderfan

    Love the idea, love this site, thank you!

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    • Theresa

      And thanks to you too, Jenn! theresa

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  8. Judi Nadreau (@JudiNadreau)

    Hi Theresa! We are getting quite a circle of friends here! TY!

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    • Theresa

      Yes, Judi! The internet is a wonderful thing, isnt it?

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  9. Christy

    Lovely site! I adore the Outlander series – what a great tribute. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Theresa

      Thanks for stopping by, Christy! Hope to see you again soon…Theresa

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  10. Susan Brown

    Hi, Theresa. Do you know if Diana Gabalon is writing about food is fictional, or is it truly from the Scottish tradition? I am, of course, wondering about her reference to “rising salt-bread” and whether there really was a bread by this name in Scotland, and if so, was this what we now call salt rising bread. Perhaps I can try asking her via her blog. Thanks, Susan

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    • Theresa

      Hello Susan! Dianas characters actually travel to Colonial/Revolutionary America…and homestead on the fictional “Fraser’s Ridge” in North Carolina…hence the SRB reference. She is famous for her scrupulous research… :)

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  11. Susan Brown

    Thank you so much, Theresa. That information is helpful!

    Susan

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  12. bullrem

    I just sent you a picture of my success with the Salt Rising Bread blog you offered a couple weeks ago. I hope I have your email address correctly listed. I LOVED doing that recipe.

    Happy Monday, Helen in Ark.

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    • Theresa

      Thank you, Helen! I do have your pictures and will enjoy posting them on Facebook this afternoon. Congratulations of some fine looking loaves of no-yeast bread! Theresa

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  13. Kali Strickland

    I’m so loving this website, I guess I am not the only semi-obsessive fan!

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  14. shelly

    your site is a dream come true! Thank you :))

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    • Theresa

      What a wonderful thing to say, Shelly! Thank YOU. :)

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  15. Natalie

    Theresa,
    I just found this site while searching for food inspired by Outlander. What a find! My dress club is doing a book exchange this month and we’re to bring food inspired by a book we love. I’ve been on the Outlander series for over a year now (3 little kids makes for slow going). So needles to say my choice was obvious. I love to cook so I have a feeling I will be getting to know you (as in your posts) quite well.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Natalie,
    Canada

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  16. sam-sam

    This is site is just a dream!!! I am a new fan of Ms. Gabaldon, yet I feel so happy to be sucked in by the lovely story she has written and I do not intend to escape! haha~
    As soon as I get a nice kitchen of my own I will try to cook some of what you’ve got here… I’m smiling from ear to ear. :)

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    • Theresa

      Great to have you here, Sam-Sam! Make yourself at home and stay awhile. :)

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  17. Marlene Kidd

    Greetings Theresa! As always, I love your blog. More recently, your posts have gotten me through the difficulty of my mom passing this summer. When I have been unable to focus on absolutely nothing else, I have read and reread your posts and browsed through the gorgeous pictures you post on here and am able to distract myself with your clever writing.

    Although I am no longer on Facebook, I am subscribed to this blog and have asked my “chef hubby” Charles, to follow you on Facebook in the hopes that he will be inspired to recreate your scrumptious efforts from time to time. Thank you again for everything that you do and I am still looking forward to that cookbook ; )

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  18. Jessica

    Just found your site! Cannot wait to try some of the recipes. I have been an ardent fan and am in the process of re-reading the series right now!

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  19. DawnaL

    Found your site through a link from Innatthecrossroads.com. I have been a fan of DG for decades. My copy of Outlander finally fell apart. I have lent it to friends and re-read it many times. Last year I bought the 20th anniversary hardcover edition. I am working on the menu for a GoT New Years party with inspiration from Innatthecrossroads and now I have got your site to check out too.

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    • Theresa

      Welcome to our kitchen, Dawna! Hopefully you can fit a few Outlandish treats on your party table…the more the merrier, right?

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  20. Candy Dolan

    Hi, Theresa. Both my husband and I love your blog. We have tried many of your recipes and loved all of them. We are planning a New Years event and will be preparing the Gougères. Do you allow the printing of your recipes? Is there an area on the specific recipe page that one can make a printer freindly copy?
    Keep the recipes coming.
    Thank You
    Candy

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    • Theresa

      Candy — yes, please feel free to print out any of the recipes. You’ll notice that the title of each recipe is a link that will take you to a printable version of the recipe. I’m so sorry that I didn’t see your comment until now!

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  21. Myra Ashcraft Flowers

    Love it! Love it! Love it!!!!

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  22. Genevieve Graham (@GenGrahamAuthor)

    From one coast to the other … Hi Theresa!

    Congrats on getting your site updated. That is an ongoing obsession for me! You’ve done a good job.

    You asked how Outlander changed our lives, and I want to share my story. I started reading the Outlander series when my daughters were about 8 & 6 (they’re now 12 & 14) and haven’t stopped. I’ve read every book four times, then listened to the audio another three times. Every time I find something new, something to break my heart or make me want to scream … So after a whole bunch of that, I thought … why not try to write my own story?

    I’d never written anything before then, but that night I told my hubby I was going to try and write a book. He said something like, “Okay. See you in a few hours.” Three hours and twenty-five pages later I rose from the depths of our basement office and presented my Culloden-based pages to him. He was quite impressed, so I carried on. To make a long story short, I kept on going, and at the age of 47 I was published by Penguin US. I’m one of only 7 Canadians with them, and the only Nova Scotian. And when my agent brought them novel #1, UNDER THE SAME SKY, they agreed to buy it on the basis that I would write a second novel, SOUND OF THE HEART. Book #3 in the series (title t.b.d.) will be out this coming November, and I’ve got a whole bunch of other books in the works. I’ve also opened up my own editing business and now edit novels for authors worldwide – I’ve edited over three dozen so far.

    Not bad for a girl who never wrote anything before, whose degree’s in classical music … I figured at that age I’d pretty much sewn up whatever I was going to be. I had no idea I had a couple of other careers I had yet to claim!

    And I thank Diana for every single minute of my new existence. :)

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    • Theresa

      Not bad at all, Genevieve! Congratulations on your success! :D

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  23. Elaine Boyle

    Love the books, the food, and all your pictures of gorgeous men in kilts!!

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    • Theresa

      Well who wouldn’t like those, Elaine?

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  24. Vickie

    A cookbook? How wonderful! Would be a great gift for all my recruited Outlander friends & family (they call me their pusher, among other things :). I vote yes and will order advanced copies if/when the time comes.
    LOVE your site!
    Vickie

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    • Theresa

      There’s worse things to push than Outlander, Vickie…;)

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  25. Beth Lansing

    I loved reading your long version and about how you got where you are.

    Your angry customer story reminds me of one of my own. Employed at an alarm company in the early 80′ s I once called a man about the alarm going off at his business (this was at 3 am) he yelled at me and hung up. I promptly called him back and informed him I was only doing my job. The supervisor was quite lenient with me when called into the office following that incident, just admonished me to NEVER DO THAT AGAIN and sent me back to work.
    Many years later, long after a divorce and years of single parenthood, the kids were mostly grown (21 & 19 and youngest still at home) I decided to move half way across the country and get a fresh start. Youngest child was given option to come with me or I would help him get settled at home. He chose to stay, so I delayed leaving a couple months til he was settled.

    I packed what I thought I would need into my compact car and left on a 3 day drive across country alone, only knowing I had a place to sleep on my sister’s couch. 7 years later I am still growing and learning – I turn 50 this year and am happier than I have been in years.

    I only discovered the Outlander series a year and a half ago. The first book was from a used book store (funny thing – I specified to the clerk I did not want books with explicit sex – referencing the Earth’s Children series. I can only guess she had not read the book when she suggested it.) Needless to say, I fell in love with the characters and story. At first I did not realize it was a series – tripped over that fact when doing an internet search for more info on the Scottish Risings.

    I have since devoured these books, began following the author and a number of fan sites and pages on social media. For me, these books encompass so much of what interests me and I have enjoyed reading and learning from them and because of them. In a way, I feel like I was already on my path (hence the background info above) but reading about strong, intelligent women has only reinforced in my mind the journey I am on.

    One of my other interests is genealogy, and especially with extras such as the Outlandish Companion (and a potential future edition) I have yet another common tie between the series and my life. To say these books have touched my life is such an understatement yet the best way to describe the impact.

    It is so fun to see and share with others who love these books.

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    • Theresa

      There is nothing more empowering than taking control of your future, Beth, I congratulate you! (And a little sex never hurts, right?)

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  26. Jen

    Your story is so inspiring! Can’t wait for the cookbook ;)

    I’m fairly new as an Outlander fan (maybe 3-4 years) but I’m on my 4th re-read already. I’ve always loved the books, but lately they’ve really meant more than ever. Someone had posted on Facebook about how the books helped them survive losing their first baby – the same for me (I’m posting here instead of there because most friends of mine don’t know)… I just miscarried my first pregnancy 2 weeks ago, and it was devastating. But remembering Claire’s strength always helps me push through and have faith. Plus, I always try to live my life in a way that would hold up to Jamie and Claire (and Jenny and Ian too!). Whenever I’m particularly lazy, I think of them and how I would be deemed quite the slattern if I skipped my chores ;) Really, the whole series just inspires me to be stronger and happier!

    It’s nice to know there’s a group of others out there who share my feelings on this :)

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    • Theresa

      I’m sorry for your loss, Jen. So many of us have found solace and strength in the pages of Outlander, it’s much more than just a story.

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  27. Liz

    How has Outlander changed my life? That is easy. Through Outlander I have meet the most wonderful group of woman who enrich my life on a daily basis. I am look forward to the new book coming out in the fall because I will share the experience with woman I am blessed to have in my life.

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  28. Jean McCabe

    After coming across the Outlander books and reading them all several times I decided to look more into my Fraser ancestors who made the arduous voyage from Scotland to Australia in 1859. I’ve found out they lived at a small village called Durnamach on Loch Broom and would have been Gaelic speakers. These tough, hardworking pioneers made this country and I am so proud of my Scottish heritage. My late husband was a Scot – all my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are either pipers, drummers or highland dancers and so carrying on a fantastic, beautiful tradition. I absolutely love Outlander Kitchen website – so full of interesting comments and beautiful pictures of Scotland. SLAINTE

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  29. Christiane Kypraios

    Hello Theresa ! So nice to see you, Howard and the “Dooze” ! I love the way you dropped your cellphone… (not good for the environment for sure !) and gave your notice afterwards. You’d have felt so relieved and free ! I’ll be looking forward to the cookbook anytime it comes, that’d be great. It was nice to read about how you succeeded in doing what you really love ! How Outlander changed my life ? Well, I discovered “Cross Stitch” about 13 years ago when browsing at the British bookstore WSMITH’S in Paris and the hook was set ! I bought the rest of the series whenever a new book was released. Thanks to Diana and her amazing books, I have been connected (and furthermore when I found her FB page end of 2011 or so) with you all, Ladies Outlander Fans. How can anyone get so wrapped up in a fictional story ? I have learnt so much about 18th century, Scotland, the American Colonies as well as day-to-day life back then. I love finding small links between the books too. Since I am from a non-native English speaking country I always enjoy learning new words so my vocabulary’s being expanded. Diana’s books have enriched my life in various ways. So I wished you all the best Theresa for you and your loved ones in 2013 and keep up the good job ! Christiane from France.

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    • Theresa

      We may all be obsessed, Christiane, but as you say, we are never alone. :)

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  30. Viviana Mroc

    Hi Theresa! I loved your “About – long version”! I’m Viviana, from Uruguay, environmental engineering professor and Outlander absolute fan (my short version). As a matter of fact, my first plane trip abroad was to Vancouver (in ’91, quite a long trip from down here) and I was enchanted by it, so you brought me back very nice memories from there!
    I love cooking too, but I usually don’t have much time left for the traditional slow home-cooking I learned since I was a child from my mother and, specially, my Slovenian grandmother. My father’s from Northern Spain, so you can imagine our family cooking was quite a mix – or fusion as they call it now (g). Even I don’t practice my cooking much actually, I love reading about traditional cooking and recipes, and since I became an Outlander fan I have also been following your FB posts (not much time yet to explore more) and I definitely love your Outlander Kitchen!!! (I’ll be surely buying your book if you publish it).
    I “discovered” Outlander exactly a year ago (in my last annual holidays), and since then have read all Diana’s books, I visit her webpage and FB as often as I can, as well as other Outlander related pages like yours. I am an avid reader since my childhood, and Diana’s books have become my upmost favourite reading (and re-reading, since I am totally hooked to her books). I can’t remember been so enchanted by an author! (I even own TWO books autographed by Herself!)
    And I’m really happy that you’re recreating the fantastic cooking descriptions in her books. Even though Jamie and Claire are fiction, you are giving us fans the chance to have a real experience from their stories, and I truly thank you very much for that!!
    Even though I have to keep working five more years till my retirement, I am already moving out of city life as much as I can (fortunately our small country makes it possible to be “in the country” just a few miles from town), and live surrounded by nature (quite a variety of wildlife included).
    And this is where my life has changed quite a bit since becoming an Outlander fan, because I started using Internet much more than I used to, just to keep in touch with Diana’s DL and Outlander related news….. (thankfully, I can “connect” myself outdoors).
    Having written quite a long version about myself – I’m in my annual vacation, remember – I thank you again for your all your enjoyable posts and hope you publish your Outlander Kitchen book! Regards, Viviana

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    • Theresa

      Thank you for sharing your story! I love that you have become more “internet friendly” since reading the books!

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    • Viviana

      Thank you Theresa! I’m going to try Laoghaire whisky sour today, as you recommended it for summer, though it’s not too hot today. Slainte!! (G)

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  31. Julie Galvin

    I love your story of self discovery and that a book was the impetus for your change of direction.

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  32. Elizabeth Girard

    How wonderful to finally get to know the brains and magic behind all those wonderful Outlander recipes! How did Outlander change my life? Quite dramatically, if you ask me. In November of 2011 I was pregnant with twins (a boy and a girl). My doctor had just admitted me to the hospital with preterm labor, and it looked as if it was going to be a long stay. My good friend, Sandra, gave me the first three books of the series, knowing they would entertain me during the long, boring days in the hospital. Unfortunately, my stay wasn’t nearly long enough. On December 7, 2011, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy (Davison Rhys) and a beautiful baby girl (Emerson Jane). They lived for two hours. The books then became a means of escape for me when it became too much. I also found a great camaraderie with the character of Claire after she lost Faith. The way Diana wrote the scene when Claire tells Jamie about seeing Faith was exactly how I felt about my babies. Everyone finds their therapy somewhere; mine was with Jamie, Claire, and the rest of the Outlander motley crew :) I have now re-read the series three times as well as many of the Lord John Grey stories. My friend Sandra and I are planning our trip to Scotland later next year. I canna wait!!!!

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    • Theresa

      Elizabeth, I’m so sorry. No words I can come up with will do justice to your loss, but I am thankful to you for sharing your story.

      I think it’s wonderful that our favourite stories and characters are such a support.

      You’ll love Scotland! We were there in Spring 2011, and are returning in 2013. I canna wait either!

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  33. omeletta

    I’m so excited to have found this website, you have no idea! And I’m majorly impressed you have been working at it this long- I have a food blog myself and it’s a lot of work, so kudos!!
    I first discovered Outlander around 1998, as a junior in high school, and it absolutely rocked my world. I’ve been obsessed and rereading every since. I’m dying over the recent news that it’s been optioned (again) for a tv show, though my feelings are torn, since I’m worried it’ll never be as good as it is in my head.
    Your recipes and photos are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see where you go next. xx

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    • Theresa

      So glad to have you in the Kitchen, Omeletta!

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  34. Shawn Bird

    Nice to ‘meet you’ here. I was very sorry to miss the meet up (and Stephen Bonnet’s Balls!) at SIWC last fall! I was there, but someone couldn’t find the party. ;-)

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    • Theresa

      I hope to go again this year, Shawn! See you there?

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  35. begeel

    I really enjoy your posts, but especially your photos. Glad you decided to stay with the OK Facebook page. Looking forward to following you more.

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    • Theresa

      Thanks so much for following, begeel!

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  36. Mary Morgan

    I love your blog, recipes, Outlander snippets, and your sense of humor. I’ve been a fan of the books for twenty-one years. And as a former Borders Bookseller….I shoved that first book into those that were looking for anything new with adventure. The moment I would start off telling them what it was about, I would always draw a crowd–those that had never heard of Diana’s books (shocked) and those that would be drawn into the conversation and have to share their opinions.

    Thank you, Theresa for taking us back home to “Outlander!”

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    • Theresa

      Great to have you in the Kitchen, Mary!

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  37. Ashley

    You are my hero! One day just maybe one day I will be able to live the simple life!

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    • Theresa

      Make it happen, Ashley. You can if you want to. :)

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  38. sally ham

    Theresa was that hole in the wall in china town called the Green door, you went in from the alley I think, I just remember it so vividly for the same dish and eating it with My red haired husband.

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    • Theresa

      it sure was, Sally! And you entered from the alley through, what else? A green door. That’s so cool! LOL

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  39. Kate Quinn

    Dear Ms. Carle-Sanders

    I hope this is the right place to get in touch, since I couldn’t find an email address! I’m an author of historical fiction (Berkley Books), and I’ve been a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series since high school—I was thrilled when she liked my debut novel enough to volunteer a glowing endorsement for the cover. I stumbled on to your food blog shortly afterward, and have been an equally big fan (the hazelnut torte with the brandy-brown butter glaze was a big hit with my family).

    My fourth novel “The Serpent and the Pearl: a novel of the Borgias” is being released in August, featuring a Renaissance chef cooking lots of great food. I usually do a blog tour and publicity tour whenever I have a book release, but this time around I was hoping to do something fun, outside the usual book-blog Q&A’s. I don’t know if you ever feature other authors besides DG at Outlander Kitchen, but could I interest you in a food challenge from my upcoming Borgia book? I know you likely have many dishes backed up on the schedule already, but I would be happy to join the challenge myself, and cook up my own versions of dishes from the book if it would help with the work. I’m a good cook and my husband is even better, and we love to turn out great-looking food—here’s a Dornish feast from Chelsea and Sariann’s “Inn at the Crossroads” site (another favorite of mine). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=602394683127827&set=a.100672896633344.1345.100000719024022&type=1&theater

    There are a couple of good possibilities from “The Serpent and the Pearl” for a challenge: an aphrodisiac banquet featuring a grilled sea bass in a champagne/truffle/salmon roe sauce, and an all-sweets buffet at a Renaissance wedding (tarts of thin-sliced pears and strawberries; blood orange slices layered in honeyed pastry stars, burnt-sugar crisps, rolled marzipan shapes, etc.)

    If this sounds interesting, I’d be happy to put you in touch with my publicist at Berkley Books for more details. And thanks again for making the Outlander food so much fun to read about!

    Cheers,

    Kate Quinn
    http://www.katequinnauthor.com
    “The Serpent and the Pearl”
    “Empress of the Seven Hills”
    “Daughters of Rome”
    “Mistress of Rome”

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    • Theresa

      Thank you for thinking of me, Kate! I have just responded via email. Theresa

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  40. Crystyn Ginkgo

    Hi OK,
    how has Outlander influenced my life? Plenty. I read the first books ages ago in Germany. Years later tragedy hit and my life shattered and went down to hell. My 7-year old son Rouven drowned. That was 12 1/2 years ago.
    8 years ago during a re-read of Voyager, I suddenly thought: Claire did it. She burned all bridges, followed her dream and jumped.
    6 month later I moved to Ireland and I am still here, now in Cork. I have read the whole series in English now (twice) and just start on the 3rd run. I have made my leaving cert 30 years after I had to leave school, have a steady job and am generally happy. The pain of loss never leaves, but I found a new lease of life. And I hope, that I will get the chance to meet Diana Gabaldon once to thank her. She made me believe that dreams can come true.
    Yours sincerely Crystyn

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    • Theresa

      Thank you for sharing your story, Crystyn. I am so sorry for your loss and pain. I hope you continue to find peace in your new home!

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  41. Debra E. Marvin

    Your story is just wonderful, and I’m so glad to know what’s behind Outlander Kitchen. Congrats on following the nudge to change your life. The Outlander series rekindled the excitement of falling into fiction – It had been awhile since I’d read something that left me a bit dazed for ‘days’! There’s something quite special about being transported off to Claire and Jamie land, isn’t there?

    I love your posts and recipes. A cookbook would be wonderful!!!!!!

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  42. Lorna

    I see your posts on Diana Gabaldon’s Facebook page and finally decided to come here to see what you’re all about. I’m glad I did! I enjoyed reading your story, (the long version). Way to go!!
    I would love to see a cookbook come out in print. In the meantime, I’ll have a closer look at your recipes here.
    I have been a fan of the Outlander series for many years. I really enjoy listening to other people’s stories about how much they enjoy it too. It’s as if we’re all part of one big club. I wanted to say “secret” club but it’s not so secret anymore.
    Thanks again for sharing your story and your talents!
    Lorna

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  43. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    what a wonderful blog, I just read your post “fresh cheese and onion tourte..
    sounds heavenly and i will have to try it…
    I will also check out the book…
    (there was no place to comment on that post so that is why I am here)
    I will be by more often since I for some mysterious (or perhaps magick of your energy?) I am now getting notifications…
    Thank you for such a great post for me to read this morning as I have coffee and watch the deer wander about….
    Take Care…
    )0(
    maryrose

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  44. Collette Gish

    I love books that give you more than just a story, and these sound like ones I would like to delve into.

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  45. Barb

    Theresa, after reading your “About” I feel a complete kinship with you! Sounds cliche, but bear with me: I grew up in Vancouver. I have walked across the Burrard Street bridge many times (but have held onto my cell phone). My son attended culinary school at the Arts Institute in Vancouver. I am a HUGE Outlander fan. My husband and I are looking for retirement property on Vancouver Island and my dog’s name is Coda!! Next time I’m on Pender Island, I am coming to find you and we will be friends! :) I am now hooked on Outlander Kitchen!

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  46. Jessica

    I found this website a few weeks ago, and can’t believe I missed out for so long!! I LOVE the books, and these recipes all look amazing (I read through them all already!). I look forward to reading more.

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    • Theresa

      Welcome to the Kitchen, Jessica! Better late than never. ;)

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  47. motowndeltalady

    Thank you for sharing your story! I am inspired both by your food imagination and ability to find and follow your dream.

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  48. Suzanne

    Theresa, I’ve just recently found you and your blog amongst all the Outlander series excitement. I’ve been a (quietly obsessive) fan of DG’s work for years and a foodie myself for even more years. Your dad sounds very similar to mine – I was eating sashimi in southern California in the 70′s at the tender age of 9 or 10. My parents took cooking classes from Joyce Chen in Boston.

    Thanks so much for all the work you’ve put in here. I’m looking forward to many hours of reading the blog and experimenting with recipes.

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  49. Highland Miss

    Theresa, a satelite sister of mine steered me to Outlander Kitchen. What a fantastic site and I loved your story of its creation — inspiring for an Outlander fan who’s not sure what she wants to be when she FINALLY grows up. I’ll be trying your wonderful recipes — Murdina Bug, eat your heart out :)!

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  50. H. Sanders

    I feel honored to have “met” you, through your first blog, Island Vittles. I remember being so excited when I found Outlander Kitchen, that I sent you a message so you too could enjoy such a wonderful place. Only to find out you were already here, well, um, it is you! I really need to get your stock recipe, by the way. Have saved up chicken bones for over a year (in freezer) and hope they’re still ok to use. Please send me a link? Thanks!!!

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  51. HeyPaw

    I feel so honored! I found you at Island Vittles and enjoyed your blog immensely. (I have been saving up chicken bones for a year or two. Please link me your stock recipe. I hope the bones don’t have a shelf life when they are frozen??) When I found Outlander Kitchen, I remember being so excited to tell you about it. Then I found out, that you were already in the know. LOL, I still smile when I remember finding that out. Well done! Keep up your excellent work. I have Chestnuts in the freezer awaiting “Fergus’ Chestnut Tarts” come Thanksgiving.

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  52. Kristina Gruell

    Reading has always been my great escape. At 15, I was in a vehicle vs pedestrian drunk driving accident, me being the pedestrian. Every joint on the right side of my body was damaged to one degree or another, my knee and hip suffering the most damage. Worse than that, the soft tissue/connective tissue damage. This on top of a blood clotting disease that wasn’t discovered until I was 21 and a dibilitating auto immune disease that progressively destroyed the joints and connective tissue in my body from age 11-25. I went into spontaneous remission three years ago this month, but still live with the damage the disease caused. Through all the pain, the drugs that kept me functioning and the ones that were meant to treat my disease but only caused other issues, and through a bad and abusive marriage, only the live for my son and the escape of a good book kept me sane. I could rarely sleep long, so I read. A lot. I started Outlander in a bad spell and read books 1-4 in less than a week. I was hooked. More than that, I was intrigued. I had dabbled in writing for a while at this point but had felt boxed in by my preferred genres norms. But here was DG, crossing the lines of multiple genres. I felt like she was telling me it was okay. Damn the rules and let your heart lead you, and I did. Writing was slow, while I was sick. It’s slow now, remarried, with a ten year old and a baby boy on the way! But Outlander, in so many ways, taught me it’s okay to step outside the box.

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  53. Linda

    Love love OK. Funny how your trip down the bookstore aisle to find outlander was much like mine (post miscarriage). It pretty much jumped into my arms. I’ve never been the same, and neither, it appears, have you. Thank you to the fates for bringing us together.

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  54. mslissascorner

    Your story is inspiring, do what you love and you can be successful!

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  55. Lucia D'Angelo

    Thank you for sharing your story, and new photos. I applaud your courage and determination, as well as the tenderness you’ve allowed yourself to let your spirit lead your art into the world for us to enjoy.
    As for cell phones, I disagree! My Mac was in the trunk of my car when I was rear-ended (on the way to my birthday dinner) at a red light in April. If it weren’t for my iPhone, I would have had much more difficulty serviving in this temp-housing without Internet and no computer.
    As fir how the book changed my life? It was a lifeline following a life-threatening illness and long recovery, and then this past summer on Diana’s FB page, I was blessed with a sweet surprise…my own private passage through the standing stones.

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  56. Ashley Aubert

    Love all of your recipes and as an outlander fan it’s really neat to be able to feel like I’m eating with Jamie an Claire.

    As an aside my sister is getting married on Pender in September! Looking forward to exploring your little side of the world and see where I’m sure some of your inspiration for the wonderful food you cook comes from

    Cheers,

    Ashley

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    • Theresa

      Thanks, Ashley! Your sister will have a wonderful wedding here! It’s a gorgeous spot to tie the knot.

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  57. Debbie

    Theresa,
    Love OK… and love your idea of creating food items from the books, so much fun… I have a question regarding one of your recipes, the Pumpkin Herb Oatcake. I tried to find a way to comment on the recipe page but either I’m missing something or it’s not there. Please help….. Thank You

    nowmsjones@yahoo.com
    A Fan of Yours
    Debbie

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  58. Tina

    Just found this blog and the Facebook page!! I can not wait to try some of these recipes…I love to cook and try new things. I went to cooking school and worked in a few restaurants…But baking for my family is what I love to do, as long as my nose isn’t stuck in a book :) I think I will be trying out the Cherry Bounce, so it’s done in time for August.

    Fellow DG Fan
    Tina

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  59. CindyG

    Although Outlander has yet to inspire a life change, it did open my eyes to why my ancestors came to America. I knew my Mom’s family had come from Scotland, and I have traced them back to the 1700′s in New England, but before reading Outlander (the entire series, of course), I knew nothing about the Rising or Culloden. Although I have yet to trace them across the pond, I have a feeling they fled or were forced to leave Scotland around that time. I have learned a lot from these books and greatly enjoy them, and, of course, love Outlander Kitchen.

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    • Theresa

      Good luck in tracing your roots, Cindy!

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  60. Sarah

    I just found your blog. I live nearby in Vancouver. I’m a Sassenach myself, though my family moved to the USA when I was 5 years old and I grew up there. It would be fun to attend a BC Outlander gathering if there are such things. In the meantime I’ll try some of your recipes.

    Sarah

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    • Theresa

      Diana comes to the Surrey Writer’s Conference every October, Sarah. That’s always a good opportunity for a gathering!

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  61. Eunice

    Hello Theresa,
    I would love to send you a little outlander gift for your kitchen! Do you have any email I can reach you at?

    Sincerely, Eunice

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    • Theresa

      you can get me at outlanderkitchen (at) shaw.ca, Eunice! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you…I’ve been on the road, then under the weather. LOL

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  62. Holly Moss

    Hi Theresa,
    I have been trying to subscribe to your newsletter for months and no matter how many times I try, I’m not successful. I’ve checked my spam folder and it hasn’t shown up there either. Any advice? I love your recipes as well as your website and FB page.
    Thanks for your help.
    Holly

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    • Theresa

      I don’t have a newsletter, Holly, but I assume you mean you’ve been trying to subscribe to this blog? Im on the road at the moment, but when I’m home ill attempt to enter your email and see if I have any luck.

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  63. ellery flynn

    I LOVE your story and your courage and I love that your mate was encouraging all along. All those are what makes dreams come true….

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  64. Rebecca

    I discovered Outlander (I actually started with Voyager and it didn’t make a whit of difference, except on my bank accout after I had to get the rest all at once!) 20+ years ago when searching for a fat book to keep me occupied after having wisdom teeth out… I have since introduced 5 others to the series, and they have introduced countless others :-)
    I am starting to experiment with canning and pickling, and moving my way up to infused boozey concoctions… it being summer, I have started a batch of watermelon vodka and I thought “Cherry Bounce!” I googled for a recipe, looked at a few, and there was yours right under my nose- WHY would I use any of the others?!?! I am so looking forward to perusing your site, and while I won’t have cherry bounce ready for the premiere, surely it will be ready for the holidays:-) do tell, do you have a preference for the hoochy base?
    Thanks so much for this wonderful site!!

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    • Theresa

      Hi, Rebecca, great to have you here in the Kitchen! The best hoochy base that I`ve found is Grant’s Whisky. It’s relatively inexpensive, and produces the best final product, IMHO.

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