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TEGAN (LEFT) WITH HER MOM, HEATHER, AND SISTER, DELILAH AT RAE RAE'S BAKERY.

cooking together with her sitting on the counter while I was making cookie dough.” “I love salad and salmon,” Tegan says. This affection showed on her Instagram post of a filet of oven-cooked salmon atop fresh salad greens garnished with sliced strawberries and avocado finished with a nasturtium flower. “I decided to experiment with the strawberries,” Tegan says of the concoction. “I put the strawberries on and it tasted really good.” Then she explains how she whips up the salmon, “I preheated the oven to 400 degrees. I put tin foil on a pan and baked it for 10 minutes. I checked the fish to make sure it wasn’t raw.”

I LIKE TO PIECE TOGETHER RECIPES FROM COOKBOOKS. IT’S COOL HOW YOU CAN TURN SOMETHING INTO SOMETHING ELSE. — Tegan Bahm

The secret for many cooks is knowing where to best source products. For this salad, Tegan purchased the salmon from the Billings Seafood Guys, the greens from Swanky Roots and the olive from The Spiked Olive. 22

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From her forage at the Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market, she became friends with Morgan Ceartin, whose mother owns The Spiked Olive. With her BFF, she shares her cooking skills. During sleepovers, since Morgan doesn’t like salmon, “I get to make and eat chicken salad,” Tegan says. Tegan’s dad prefers beef. “I pan sear the steaks when I cook them for the family,” she says. Her father likes his steak medium-rare and her sister likes hers well-done. Tegan extended her hand out to demonstrate the testing of meat temperatures by comparing the meat with the flesh under her thumb.

When Tegan starts talking about recipes, her voice races. “I really like making burgers. I really like making chicken a lot. I have a side of carrots, potatoes or broccoli.” For the sauce she says, “I make that up from my head.” She values the science involved in each dish. “I like to piece together recipes from cookbooks,” she says. “It’s cool how you can

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