Earth Day Chilled Pea Soup

As someone who loves adventuring- in both the outdoors and the kitchen- I really have a thing for mother earth.  Most of my best memories involve playing in the natural playground and admiring both the grandest and simplest wonders.  And as a firm believer in the real and whole foods vision, I’ve really come to rely…

Carrot Soup with Crispy Chickpeas and Chicken Sausage

The cross country ski season takes up most of the soup loving months (October through March), and due to my intense travel and racing schedule I unfortunately miss this soup prime time.  Luckily April brings with it the occasional cool and rainy day, and I get to utilize my favorite (and most feared due to a…

Turmeric Cabbage Stir Fry

Like many other colorless vegetables, I used to put cabbage in the why-even-bother category.  It took up a lot of space in the fridge, offered little flavor raw, and really just reminded me of soggy cole-slaws at less than decent barbecue restaurants.  So when Food and Wine (a favorite magazine of mine) published an entire…

Savory Sweet Potato Toast

I’ve always loved toast.  I loved it WAY before it became a hip breakfast that restaurants now charge eight dollars for.  Occasionally growing up my brother and I would spend nights at my Grandma’s home if my parents were busy or out of town.  Aside from my love of the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups I’d…

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….