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Ben Brashear

Owner and Founder of BrashearPhoto


Durango, Co 81301
United States


Brashear Photo is the home of Ben Brashear's wedding, portrait, editorial, food, and adventure photography as well as his pursuits in sports journalism.



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It's funny sometimes where the fuel to fire comes from. This time around the spark came from the time I offered to make my partner in crime some of my world famous paleo pancakes. Let's for a moment ignore the irony of paleolithic foodstuffs having any relation to pancakes and focus  on the fact that when done right these pancakes taste amazing and are chock full of healthy omega's, b12, and some good ol' fashioned animal protein. Plus, it's the one and only recipe I have memorized. It was raining a steady downbeat that morning so, I put on some coffee and then went through my routine:

threw the dry ingredients together

Cinnamon, 1/2 Cup Almond Flour, 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda, Pinch o' Salt, 1 Banana

Then the other goodies:

2 Eggs, Vanilla Extract, Splash o' Almond Milk, 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

Mixed Em' Together until the Banana and Almond Flour smoothed out.

As I was bragging that my pancake technique was reaching perfection, I reached for a banana only to find that there were none to be had. I stared at the empty fruit bowl and then over to the cinnamon flavored almond flour mocking me. What was I to do? I remembered back to the way my old childhood friend's mom used to crank out pancakes, with apple sauce. Inspired, I got out the Magic Bullet and pureed a couple of apples.

The result? Muffled through mouthfuls of pancake, "Some of the best damn fall flavor pancakes I've ever had!" And it was this combination of the changing seasons, the steady rain against the kitchen windows, and cinnamon and apple that got her brain turning over. "You know what we need to do?" she asked. "We totally need to make a cookbook based on local ingredients that can be foraged from around the Southwest," she said reaching for another pancake. It seemed like a good idea. I have no business really, being in the kitchen and trying to cook but I knew that I could handle the camera.

The first step was to come up with ingredients that could easily be found and were abundant during our current season. We couldn't have planned it better. The rains kept coming and that meant only one thing- Mushrooms! And if we lucked out, we could glean a few high country raspberry's and choke cherry's too. Being in the desert southwest we also chose to gather up some Prickly Pear cactus to make nopales and planned to catch a few Brookie Trout. Did I mention neither one of us knows how to fish? Hmmm, making this cookbook is going to be an education in the making. Check back here to see some of the photos and to keep up to date on when the completed book will be available.