Chef Karen Hammer

 Raw Vegan Cuisine to keep you healthy and well

I am living in the land of enchantment and loving it in Albuquerque, NM!

I am currently offering classes in Albuquerque to share the wonderful tastes of Raw food

  cuisine and the health benefits of Living Foods

reserve a space 

"Forget Cooking!"

Sunday, May 10th 1:00-4:00 pm

cost: $50.00 plus $3.50 tax

scroll down for more info at upcoming classes

RSVP to Karen at 505.363-4288

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My exciting news to all my Friend's and Student's! 

for Karen Hammer and Taste of Raw 

I am on a new adventure


 Following my Dream!

Come see me at my booth at the "Gathering of Healers".

on May 2nd and 3rd, I will be selling vibrant living Foods made on the premises at the Holiday Inn near the Albuquerque, Sunport as part of the Southwest Barter club event, there will be speakers, healers and vendors presenting workshops. Google Gathering of Healers online and you can find out more details of the event. Last year was amazing and this year will be even better!

I'm looking for a  perfect restaurant space in Albuquerque 

and I plan to open it as soon as I can. 

I'm getting close to finding a wonderful space 

    I plan to stop my classes after 

"Forget Cooking!"


 May 10th, 2015

I will then continue the classes when I get 

adjusted to the new space and  will resume on a monthly 

or bimonthly basis.  

For now I will be concentrating on my planning,

 organization and funding

 to get the restaurant going and on it's way!

Vibrance is coming

I hope to see you come to my restaurant for healthy raw vegan 

organic, vibrant living foods cuisine!

This will be a first for


and I'm super excited to be sharing 

this message with you.

 It's been my dream since I started learning

about living food's 

to bring a restaurant space to people in 

New Mexico!

Please call me if you have any question's 

about this adventure of a lifetime to bring healthy education through 

raw food cuisine to more people to create vibrant health.

I also think this concept could be a healthy learning center with 

workshops and talks by people in town or around the country 

to share the message of health in its many aspects. 

Now is the time to go forward and bring this concept to you. 

I so excited, I am looking for the perfect location in town. 

Thank you for all your support and I grateful for your input! 

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                          I did the railyards market from May- November 2014 and it was great!             

   Teaching Raw and Living foods to Add Spice to your life

 I went to massage school 4 yrs ago as I wanted to know more about our body, with foods and healing this is another healing way to keep yourself healthy! 


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August 12/13th 2014 demo on 2 kasa in the morning TV show

 KUNM womens focus/revolutionary soup

 Sat., Dec 13th, 2014 1- 2pm

HI!  I'm Chef Karen Hammer and I love fresh healthy, healing foods and I also love to prepare them. I am a graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and received my certification as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef in February 2010.  A  lifelong interest in food and health and a believer of the quote from Hippocrates which states  "Our food should be our medicine and Our medicine should be our food".  I am interested in sharing with you foods that taste delicious and create better health and healing for many people all over the world. At this time I find it is important to find ways to stay healthy through wonderful whole fresh and organic foods. Fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, sprouted grains, seeds and beans. Sea veggies provide so many minerals that we need and I believe can help to keep us well. Eating at least 50% to 75% raw vegan foods or more is what I recommend for people who want to improve their health.  I  am passionate about sharing this lifestyle where living or raw vegan foods can be delicious, satisfying and beautiful using natural whole plant based foods.


    These are the foods that will sustain into the future!

 I  offer group classes, personalized training, products, and private chef services.

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         I have always loved to cook and experiment with foods and flavors, but changing to a raw program had some distinct changes. Soaking nuts and seeds to remove the enzyme inhibitors. In raw, the raw means fresh foods that are uncooked, like salads and raw vegetables. We also use very low heat using a dehydrator below 118 degrees and this low temperature preserves the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. 

Preparing foods that are satisfying and have variety is not as challenging as you might think once you get the hang of it. It is a change but, exciting and fresh living foods are wonderful and for me and allowed me to lose weight while feeling so alive and healthy. It's amazing how much variety you can have. There is a rainbow of colors and variety and fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from. Nuts and seeds, living superfoods and more. You can you learn new ways of creating sauces, soups, dressings, salads, vegetable dishes, pate's and amazing desserts! 

You can make low temperature dehydrated  crackers or breads and wraps. You will love it and you can be extremely creative and satisfied with the foods. 

Your body will detox and  go through a transformation when you decide to omit heavier foods. You will feel so much lighter and full of energy.

   After hearing a talk in Albuquerque, I decided to try going raw vegan right away and I became passionate about raw vegan foods enjoying this adventure with fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables and  a few other foods.This kept me feeling vibrant and energetic and I now am now 6 years raw vegan and I still continue this way of eating and love it. 

That first year I was hungry for information about  how to prepare this cuisine and experimenting with flavors. Today I still love to experiment and be creative with foods. At first though the change to Raw Vegan didn't seem like such a stretch for me as I was vegetarian for years. The change was omitting all processed foods like high temperature baked bread or crackers. If you have trouble pronouncing an ingredient, it might not be the best ingredient for you to eat. 

After almost a year raw I decided to attend Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and be a raw vegan chef and educator. 


    My desire for a healthy diet and learning about healthy food started in high school when I decided to become a vegetarian, but was convinced by my parents that we need cheese or fish at the least to be getting the protein we need.  It seems to be and obsession with many Americans to worry whether they get enough protein. Have you ever heard of a protein deficiency in this country, I haven't. Since I started as a raw vegan in six years ago, I've now released about 44 lbs and feel great! I just eat fresh healthy raw foods in whatever quantity I felt I needed and the pounds just melted off and I feel great. 

Another reason I'm concerned about our food supply is the ways they are growing foods now at this time, using chemical fertilizers, pesticides and GMO's (genetically modified organisms) which go into the DNA of the plant and change sometime's adding even animal or insect dna. I believe nature or our creator did an amazing job creating plants that help animals and humans stay healthy. Because of all the additives, pesticides I mentioned Cancer and other illness or disease is on the rise. Both my parents had cancer and didn't overcome the disease, but I believe there are many natural ways to work on our health, through food, water, excercise, and that's just a start. 

 We need to take care of our earth. Earth day is every day! We can nurture and build our soil in natural ways with compost and test so the soil is balanced naturally to grow our foods and replenish our soil to grow the best fruits and veggies. I am amazed in the desert in New Mexico the farmers are masters at the organic farmers markets here and producing foods that are flavorful and thriving. 

 A special note for Raw Foods: Raw Foods or raw vegan foods is just one of many names for the multiple movements that started this movement earlier in the twentieth century.  There was the natural hygenists  in the early to mid 1900's. The movement moves on and Ann Wigmore, Victoras Kulvinskas and so many others in this movement who have continued teaching this valuable  information for our well being and health.  They started healing people that had many diseases like diabetes and even herself of cancer starting in the 1960's.  She popularized sprouting and wheatgrass, and juicing to detox and she was the founder of Hippocrates that was in Boston. The term that popularized this was living foods. Raw Vegan Foods is another name. A popular term right now is the plant based whole foods, that doesn't signify raw vegan or cooked but, the truth is that reducing processed foods and pesticides and GMO's from your diet and adding at least 50%-75% fresh raw vegetables and fruits to the food you eat will make a tremendous difference in your health. I'm looking forward to continuing in Albuquerque, educating and sharing the cuisine and foods I love with people when they visit town!


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Extinct volcano's and the beautiful New  Mexico sunset! Shortly after moving here 11 yrs ago I took this picture. I had never seen a sunset like this one before but, now I realize it was probably created by geoengineering the sky, You can find this online or you tube - documentary film "What in the world are they spraying?

This is an important issue! Our air, food, and water's health needs balance right now. 

We only have one Planet Earth and we are the caretakers. 
Food can only grow for us when we feed our soil, compost and love it.

Water is essential for to be pure, free of chlorine, not polluted with other chemicals. 

Our bodies are mostly water so the water we drink is crucial to our health and well being!

I believe we have the right to decide what foods we put into our mouths and that GE foods should be labeled. 

Check out food and water watch NM on facebook!


 I am so energized to be sharing Living foods by giving raw food classes

The foods taste wonderful with fresh natural flavors

Classes are Optimally Organic, and Raw 

 Upcoming Raw Vegan 

"Taste Of Raw Classes"

 with Karen Hammer

Classes from July 2014 to September 2014

 Register now for classes below to reserve a space. All classes have a 7% sales tax

 3 hr classes $50.00 plus tax and 1  1/2 hr.- 2 hr. are priced accordingly

" Forget Cooking!"

Sunday,May, 10th, 2015

1:00-4:00 pm

 $50.00+3.50 tax

Learn the basics of raw vegan food!

Almond Milk, 

Cream of Zucchini Soup,

 Mediterranean Kale Salad, 

Not Tuna Pate,

Zucchini Noodles Marinara
Chocolate Mousse

This is the best basics class to take when
 starting to learn about raw foods. 
You will learn knife skills, 
get recipes 
learn through hands on and demo's 

Call to register and contacts are below...


Taste of Raw uses fresh and healthy 
optimally organic ingredients to make 
Fresh Fun and Health Giving Foods

In my my Classes we use Fruits, Vegetables, Greens,
 Nuts and Seeds
superfoods, and Seasoning's. 


Please pay in advance a wk. or more & your payment is your reservation
It's never too late to call and see if
 there are opening's for the class coming up!

 Call Chef Karen with any questions you have and send a check or credit card payment over the phone to reserve your spot. 
I'm Looking forward to hearing from you soon!


     Contact Karen: press link here 

    To register for classes:

 contact Karen at 505-363-4288

 Pay by mail to Karen Hammer, 699 Bluebird Ln NE Abq. NM 87122


     Garden Gossip and More... 

   Gather the Harvest, Spring is here and its time to keep up with our composting, start sprouting and growing wheatgrass or sunflower sprouts to give us the powerful superfoods fresh at home, You can grow to buy the freshest organic fruits and veggies you can find and eat what is more seasonal, unless you have a cold frame or greenhouse you are dependent on the grocers, Some  cold weather veggies, Kale, some herbs survive, but if you want herbs bring some into your home with a pot nearby or just by a window  and keep them watered so you have them nearby so you can add flavor and valuable nutrients they provide to your creations. 

Go to facebook to sign up for the  food and water watch facebook page NM to see what and where  is  going on locally. Our foods are just too important to fool with! The  big agribusinesses have to return to more natural and sustainable ways that won't hurt animals, people or the honeybees.

 The best thing we can do right now is grow some of our own food or buy from local farmers markets some growers have their own greenhouses, and  there will be many spring and summer markets in Albuquerque and other cities in New Mexico.   

Natural seeds are amazing and self propagating as nature designed. 

  I am truly grateful for the work farmers do, especially organic and sustainable farmers as I depend on them.

 Indoor Gardening-Besides sprouting indoors and growing wheatgrass.  I find watching the sprouts and living plants grow is such a gift that shows us the miracle of nature as it is intended! Check out my classes on sprouting and wheatgrass usually done once or twice a year, please let me know if you are interested in attending those classes or other raw food preparation classes.

 Garden stores sell seeds and starter plants many with heirloom or organic seeds. Check out Plants of the Southwest!  CSA's such as Los Poblanos and Skarsgard farms are going strong. There are also educational farms for families and children and Erda Gardens in South Valley is one of them! 

         (community supported Agriculture or your local coop or health food stores in town.

I am so thankful for the hard work farmers of the world put into working with  nature to bring us wonderful foods that give us the nutrition we need to live.

Below picture of  a pizza from my pizza class-  and below that a wonderful Apple Beet Greens drink!

       Below, vegetable Teriyaki, and Basil growing and flowering....

It is good to include some Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes which are some of the most alkalizing fruits. They taste sour but once they go into your mouth and mix with your saliva and go through the digestion process they turn alkaline inside your body. We try to achieve a balance, but a body that is on the alkaline side keeps us healthier.  You can include it in your preparation of foods or add lemon to juices or water, in addition to dressings, sauces, and most dishes in raw food preparation. Its easy to substitute lime and a tip is you need much less salt.