Asian Inspired Meatballs

There are a lot of things I learned moving into a city apartment.  Some key takeaways: There is A LOT I took for granted at home.  For example one day a couple weeks ago I really needed to write something down, when it dawned on me that I had neither pen nor paper.  Same goes…

Sweet Potato Tacos

I love the idea of icebreakers.  You know, conversation starters at parties, casual networking events, first day of law school group sessions (!!) that are pretty lighthearted but at the same time tell you something significant about a new person.  Being a lover of all things food related, I recently came up with my new…

Uncluttered Banana Bread

Yesterday was an unfathomably warm day in Rapid City.  The thermometers went five degrees into the triple digits en route to setting a new record high temperature for June 14th.  As luck would have it, I also had 14 miles on my marathon training schedule for the day.  I had eight miles of marathon-goal pace…

Pulled Pork (AIP/Nightshade Free)

When I figured out that foods from the Nightshade family inflamed my already inflamed gut, it was traumatizing.  Gone were normal fries, Margherita pizza and spaghetti bolognese.  And perhaps most traumatically…most pulled porks were off the list.  People hold strong opinions on pulled pork, not all of them good.  Many just associate pulled pork with…

Coconut Rice

Following the ski season, I assumed that I would have a pretty mellow and in-one-place kind of summer.  I envisioned lazy mornings in Rapid City drinking cup after cup of espresso from my red Le Creuset cup, followed by a tremendous mountain bike ride mid day, and finally a game of cribbage while nibbling on…

Overnight Waffles with Macerated Fruit

My mom’s favorite story to tell people who ask about my cooking is a tale of my three-year-old self.  On a hot early summer day she offered me a beautifully red and ripe strawberry.  With a look of ferocious disgust I informed her that I was a “meat-a-tarian,” and would have nothing to do with…

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Coming off of four years of professional ski racing, I have learned to love traveling.  I was very lucky to have ski racing take me all over the world. Through skiing I experienced urban Kazakhstan, pristine New Zealand, stereotypical European ski towns, Olympic-ized South Korea and just about every continent and state in between (traveling…

Tostada Crisps

I love cooking for myself, but nothing brings me more joy than cooking for others.  I love watching people take the first bite of something delicious.  Mouth full and eyes wide, it is an authentic moment of supreme joy and contentedness.  Somewhat selfishly, I get extra pleasure from that moment when that something delicious has…