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…

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…

Molasses Granola

I am honestly not sure whether this is a memory I have of my childhood, a memory I have of my brother’s childhood that I’ve transposed onto my own, or if I’ve completely made it up.  But it’s a wonderful memory in any case.  Back in kindergarten, every kid’s parents would come in one day…

Strawberry Spelt Doughnuts

It seems like there is a national holiday for quite literally everything.  So normally I just skip most of the food related holidays, because you’d find yourself fairly limited in what you could eat each and every day.  The days range from National Chicken Cacciatore Day (October 15th) to National Artichoke Hearts Day (March 16th) to…

Cabbage Salad

Ah, Memorial Day- the unofficial kick off to the summer potluck season.  I love potlucks, but sometimes THEY ARE STRESSFUL.  I’m always nervous that my dish is going to be a flop.  Or that I won’t make enough of it.  Or it is going to give everyone food poisoning.  And because I often frequent potlucks…

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 Cake Overnight Oats

  Most people I know who live truly healthy and balanced lives do not buy into the calorie counting phenomenon.  Instead of focusing on calories, they instead seek out real and whole foods that are minimally processed with ingredients they can pronounce.  And while balance in life necessitates the occasional anti-real food (I for example am…

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…