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…

Maple-Lemon Butter

Saturday mornings as a morning person are THE BEST.  While weekday mornings force even the best of sleepers out of bed by seven (looking at you Thomas), I reserve my extra time on weekend mornings for elaborate breakfast spreads.  While I never sacrifice taste for anything, I try to make my weekday breakfasts on the…

Hummus

I never understood why really good hummus was so expensive in the grocery store.  The ingredients list was often quite minimal, yet the price tag occasionally ventured near the double digits for small batch stuff (i.e. the good stuff without any unnecessary additives). So I decided I’d make my own. And then I understood why…

Savory Fall Oatmeal

While doughnuts will be my perennial breakfast of choice, I normally don’t crave something sweet in the morning.  Sure I’ll have a drizzle of maple syrup or some honey spread on toast, but typically savory dominates my morning meal.  My go-to breakfast is some rendition of eggs and toast.  I’ll add avocado, swap in some…

Healthy (ish) Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

In a never ending quest to match my love of high quality baked goods with my love/need for top notch nutrition, I’ve done a lot of research and trial and error to figure out ways to lessen the amount of sugar I mix into a batch of anything.  The problem is often replicating the same…