RKUC Take 2

Rob and I just put on our second annual ultra running camp last week, and once again it has been a wonderful experience that is hard to put into words. When we first floated the idea of a camp we wanted to find a way to give back to the ultra community that has given…

Incredible Rice Salad

I really can’t go on enough about Yotom Ottolenghi – the recipes he creates always have something that take the meal to the next level – layers of flavor, texture, and depth that are out of this world. Not only that but his recipes remain approachable and interesting for people like me-the home cook. So…

Kale and Pepper Salad

This raw kale salad is inspired by my teacher friend Sarah. An art teacher and chef extraordinaire she was my partner in crime for our grade level camping trip retreats we organized for our 8,10, and 12 grade students. We always strove to provide quick and healthy meals for our students that could easily be made…

Spicy Mixed Nuts

This addictive nuts and seeds combination comes from the Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates cookbook. I frequently make it my own by changing up the spices added and the types of nuts and seeds. I have settled on my favorite combo which is listed below. They are a great holiday snack, or a welcome addition to any…

The Strawberry Days of Summer

Time sure does fly, and somehow summer is upon us. I have been busy getting the garden planted and checking out the early Farmer’s Market and Rob has been continuing his trend of trying new things and entered his very first mountain bike race last weekend. It was a hot one! Needing to cool off and…

Pumpkin Lasagna

It has been so long since I have posted! The last few months have been a whirlwind of changes including switching up my work with a move to the community college. Couple that with the holidays and the months just seemed to fly by. A lot of my cooking lately has been haphazard and not well thought…

Settling Back In

This time of year seems to often be the quietest for me. Things have calmed down at work – if I have done any races they are over and I leisurely enjoy the fall leaves on strolls and bike rides or (gasp) out of the window of my car! I am drawn back into the…

Where has summer gone? – Tomato Tart & Okra

I somehow am astonished that it is already the middle of September. It has been a busy few months. School ended and I hit the ground running traveling to family events, Rob’s race, and hosting our first camp. Then it was right back to work to start the year all over again. It is hard…

Bread and Breakfast

What are the chances that the first time you meet someone they hand you a sourdough starter? Turns out pretty good in the ultra running community. Such a great collection of people. Thanks Brendan for bringing it from Durango! I let it get lonely in the fridge for almost a month – I fed it…

Spring Break Memories

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the magical spring break. Sure winter and summer breaks are longer but spring break comes at the most perfect time teasing you with the ability to venture out. This year I did some skiing at home, visiting with family, and lastly some awesome solo…

Spring Break

Spring has sprung! I am on spring break this week. The break has started with just spending time with Rob doing things we love – running in the canyon, having beers at the brewery, and walking downtown for a coffee on a sunny afternoon.  I plan to get some more adventure in but for now…

Snow Day Split Pea

This recipe is for those days when all you want is soup. Doesn’t everyone have days like that? When the temperature plummets sometimes that is all that I want, a big pot of warm soup simmering on the stove without any fus. Maybe that has also been encouraged this year with the addition of a…

polenta with roasted squash and greens

Every family has a few stories that are told year after year with warm memories of loved ones who have left us. One of my favorites involves my Gram who was a British war bride after WWII. She still had many friends back across the pond after the war; times were tough and she sent many…

Foraging for Supper

Everyone needs a break sometimes. I have taken to my mountain bike a lot lately as running has been hampered by a calf injury. Riding through the forest there are mushrooms everywhere! Lucky for us many happen to be lobster mushrooms. These orange beauties are easily recognizable and nothing else looks remotely similar. They grow…