Buckwheat Banana Bread

For the first 22.5 years of my life, I didn’t like plain bananas.  I’d tolerate them in bread, but only if other people made that bread (the texture, the peeling, the mushiness…I just couldn’t deal with it).  But as I recognized a need for natural sweetness to replace my former reliance on brown sugar, I needed…

Middle of the Ride Turmeric Milk

For the last eight days I have been dealing with a roller coaster ride of races, weather and emotions at US Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah (documented at great length here).  With all of this chaos, it is important to remember the distinct difference between variables you can control and ones you cannot.  I cannot…

Grapefruit Bran Muffins

Some people hate winter weather, but I love it.  It is snowy and cold, the perfect duo for baking something warm and tasty inside.  And when I get to make something real and delicious to sustain my family through the craziness that is stocking stuffers and wrapping paper (and generally holiday mayhem), that makes me happy….

Bozeman Buckwheat Pancakes

For an extended explanation for the inspiration behind these Bozeman Buckwheat Pancakes, head over to my ski blog– you’ll see why these are so important.  But in addition to their metaphorical powers, these pancakes are delicious.  Teammate Erika’s dad Pat described them as “hearty,” which can be tough with a pancake that also manages to…

Elixir of Life (Curried Carrot Ginger Soup)

It’s almost a guarantee that I’ll get sick at some point in the season.  Despite my best efforts (washing my hands to the point they feel like lizard skin, drinking more tea than I thought possible, sleeping 9+ hours a night and generally being that annoying person who sanitizes everything), I went to bed Saturday…

Saturday Morning Sweet Potato Muffin

A couple years ago I was a muffin maniac.  I couldn’t get enough of the breakfast-but-could-also-be-dessert treat.  But last year after spending some time focusing in on nutrition and proper pre and post training meals, I decided that the standard muffin probably doesn’t do the trick.  Sure they are tasty, but most muffins don’t provide…

Butternut Squash Pizza

I’m not the only person who is (butter) nuts for butternut squash.  As my primary recovery activity between training sessions is perusing the internet for new recipe ideas, I’ve noticed that all my favorite food bloggers have prominently featured butternut squash.  The newest discovery is Smitten Kitchen’s butternut squash pancakes with browned butter and crispy…

Rapid City Granola

Being born and raised in Minnesota, going to college out in the East and settling down in Vermont as a part of my professional ski racing team, I never spent much time in the West. In fact, I used to sort of scoff at Westerners…you know, the people who can’t stand enclosed spaces, panic if…