Green Bean and Pea Salad

While I (somewhat patiently) wait for both law school to start and my boyfriend to move to Boston, I’ve had a lot of time to (for lack of a better phrase) date myself.  I’ve never spent much time living alone–I’ve always been living with teammates or my family.  Consequently, I’ve never really gone on a…

Two Freezer Staples

And it is August!  This summer has absolutely flown by.  The past two weeks have been exceptionally busy moving to a new city and into a new apartment, as well as taking a breather weekend in Maine and the wedding of two dear friends near Hanover.  This week is shaping up to be a normal…

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…

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…

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…