Who is cooking for you tonight?

by Lisa Crane
A man, woman, and child look at the camera while sitting on a mountain trail.

Henry Murray, Rhonda Turner and their five-year-old son, Benjamin, enjoy hiking in the Bugaboos. — Kathy Murphy photo

Rhonda Turner and her husband, Henry Murray, bought The Mountain Range business in 2008. An experienced backcountry cook, Turner married her skills with her husband's South Pacific creativity and the couple have committed to providing healthy food for their customers. They offer a unique service, with a range of East Indian, Fijian, Thai, South African, French and Canadian meals that are packaged in reusable, recyclable containers with instructions and serving suggestions. Turner said that the meals are inspired globally and created locally in a commercial kitchen situated near Premier Lake, British Columbia.

The selection includes gourmet frozen main meals, appetizers, soups and baked goods.

"We do party pack sizes as well, for anyone entertaining guests," said Turner.

She said the meals, which take less than 20 minutes to heat up on the stovetop, are mostly wheat-free, and ingredients are organic and local, when possible. Examples include beef bourguignon, Thai red seafood curry, roasted squash puree, beet borscht and roasted vegetable torte. To end up on a sweet note, heat up a wild berry crumble or finish with a cool coconut and mango cheesecake.

Turner said that their business has a growing list of stores in the East and West Kootenay and the Columbia Valley that carry their products. Online shopping will be available in 2012.

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