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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Butternut Squash Three Ways

I am all about efficiency.  When I look at most of my summer and fall days, I have five distinct blocks of time.  There’s before training- which is a blur of coffee and scanning the day’s headlines and training plan.  Then there is morning training, followed by the “between hours.”  After the between hours I…