The purpose of Greenhorn Gourmet is to inspire people to cook and learn how to make something tasty.

Greenhorn is a term given to someone who is “new or inexperienced”, which I most definitely am when it comes to the culinary world. I created this blog years ago to document my adventures in the kitchen as I challenge myself and learn new techniques.

My hope is that you’ll see a recipe here and you’ll feel moved or inspired to make something.

We live in a world where fast food is so plentiful and lives so busy it’s rare to find time to make a good home-cooked meal. I want to bring back the mindfulness that goes into a dish you put heart into. I want to romance people with the process of creating something lovely that has the added benefit of being edible at the end. ;)


Thank you for visiting.


About the Author:

Holli Mayer lives in San Diego and works in the Biotech Industry.


9 thoughts on “About

  1. Adrienne says:

    Hey Holli!! Your website is very authentic and creative and definitely user friendly! I seeeeeee the Holli Ireland show on the food network coming soon lol!! :) Kepp it up girlfriend you are fabulous!! I am going to be trying the Kung Pao chicken this weekend and let you know how it turns out. I’m sure it will be very tasty! Btw, this is Adrienne from Colin’s job :)

    • Holli Mayer says:

      Thanks Adrienne!!! I’m so glad you like it, I hope that your chicken goes well!!! Have a happy new year and a great weekend!! :D

  2. Nisha says:

    Hey Holli! wow, some really interesting recipes you got here! Lovin it..especially the little step by step pics, but I have a request – can you pls put up a video demo for the California Roll? I have never tried rolling and would love to watch and learn.

    Trying your lumpia samosas tonight..with some lamb filling. Will let you know how that turned out!


    • Holli Mayer says:

      Thanks!! Next time I make sushi I’ll definitely put up a vid or .gif of how to roll them (which may be in the next few days).

      The lamb filling sounds in-cre-dible. I’ve been in a vegetarian kick lately, and the thought of a nice aromatic lamb samosa makes my mouth water… :D
      Good luck, and let me know how they turned out!!!

  3. Steven Littlejohn says:

    On the homemade butter recipe, if I add honey, when do I do it? Just fold it in when kneading, or what? Made bread to go with the butter from the other night and the kids loved it. Pandoras Box I suppose I opened. Trying to incorporate some of your recipes into a low carb diet for myself. Diabetic numbers were 322 (A1C) two months ago, now they are 114 average. Kicken it’s butt, but I can only do the chicken so much. Lost 55 pounds toooooooooooooooooooo!

    • Holli Mayer says:

      Okay, so you’re spot-on when it comes to adding honey. Incorporate it after you have gathered out all of the butter from the liquid “buttermilk”. Once you’ve got a nice knead to it, add your honey. It’s easier to add it when the butter starts to warm up a little while you knead it.
      Awesome on the bread making. I’m still trying to master that one… Best of luck with cooking, and keep on kicking butt!!

      • Steven Littlejohn says:

        Still kickin butt. Thanks!. Like the new Tosdada Bowl recipe. Most of that I can eat. So you run. So does my 19 year old son. 1st marathon in Columbus Oh in October. I work at a place called the Chef’s Garden in Huron Ohio. They deal with a lot of famous chef’s. We always try to grow the veggies pure, clean, and right.
        Oh…your photos make me hungry. Very effective.
        Peace to you!

      • Holli Mayer says:

        I’m so glad you like the recipe! A lot of the newer ones are going to have a bit more “healthy” content as I’m in training as well. And for your son, a marathon already? *WOW!!!* I’m still trying to get the courage to attempt my first one and I’m running a half in July. How exciting for him and what a promising running future!!
        As for the restaurant, that sounds like a lot of the restaurants we love in SD and the bay here in CA. The “farm-to-table” movement has always fascinated me and I can’t wait to have a garden of my own to harvest from. My parents have an amazing container garden and my grandparents have half of their backyard dedicated to edibles.

        Thanks for reading, and peace to you as well!

  4. rickydanganan says:

    I would like to add your blog to the Top Food Blog list in http://www.mytaste.com/ . Your blog is impressively BEAUTIFUL and it deserves to be included on the Top Blog list!! Great recipes!! We will feature your blog so that people will see it on our site and we will make a lot of shout out about your recipes on our fanpages. If you would like to join, here is the link http://www.mytaste.com/add-your-food-blog .


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