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, March 15th 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

or email to


from Karen Hammer and Taste of Raw 

I am on a new adventure


 Following my Dream!

At this time 

I'm looking for a  perfect restaurant space in Albuquerque 

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

I will keep you posted on my progress. 

    I plan to stop my classes after 

"Forget Cooking!"


 March 15th 2015

I will be concentrating on my planning and organization and funding

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

Later after the restaurant is started I will resume my 

monthly or bi-monthly classes.

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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                                     Did the market from May- November and it was great!                      

   Teaching Raw and Living foods to Add Spice to your life

 I went to massage school  3 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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A monthly article-My Favorite Recipe, featuring Taste of Raw

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.

   I was eating a living food diet for a year when I went to Ann Wigmore Foundation in NM. and then I attended Living Light Raw Culinary Arts Institute. 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.

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 an obsession with many Americans to worry about 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 a 6 years ago, I have now released  about 44 lbs. and I feel great.  I just eat fresh and healthy raw foods in whatever quantities I felt I needed and the pounds melted off.


A special note for one instrumental person who was a pioneer in this raw food and living foods movement. Her name was Ann Wigmore and she started healing people that had many diseases including herself of cancer starting in the 1960's.  She popularized sprouting and wheatgrass, juicing and she was the founder of Hippocrates that was in Boston MA. Then she started a foundation which then moved to New Mexico after she passed due to a tragic fire.  Now The Ann Wigmore Foundation, is just an hour west of Albuquerque N.M.  This Ann Wigmore Foundation retreat center is internationally known and I recommend this program to people who are in need of healing from disease's or serious health conditions or simply learning how to stay healthy.  I went there and I highly recommend it. People come from all over the world to learn how to heal themselves using raw and living foods. They follow the protocol that Ann Wigmore developed and called the Living Foods Lifestyle.


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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 was 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 is at stake!

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, March 15th, 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


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

Utilizing mainly Fresh Fruits Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds
superfoods, seasonings...


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 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, winter is upon us its time to keep up with our composting, start sprouting and growing wheatgrass or sunflower sprouts to give superfoods fresh at home, try 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 canto add flavor and nutrition 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 are even a couple of winter markets in Abq.  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 class on sprouting and wheatgrass in March.

 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.