Lemony iced rooibos

I hope that everyone is having a good week. It is hot, hot, hot in Utah this week. My survival strategy includes running as early as possible, and then hiding from the sun all day while drinking cold beverages. This iced tea is one of my favorites. The recipe is inspired by the homemade lemonade…

Weekend Inspiration

It’s going to be a hot, sunny weekend here, so I’m looking forward to lots of time outdoors.  Utah is unusually green after a wet spring, so we have fantastic scenery.   Last weekend we went camping at Bear Lake. Check it out:        Have a great weekend!

Smoky, spicy roasted sweet potatoes 

Roasted sweet potatoes are a dinner staple around here. Often, we wrap them in foil and roast them whole, but sometimes I like to mix things up a bit. These are tossed with olive oil and generously spiced. The smoky, hot flavor is addictive- watch out or you may eat the entire pan! Ingredients: 4…

Best Pizza Crust

Have you been looking for the secret to the amazing pizza crust you enjoyed in Italy? 00 flour! Unlike American all-purpose flour, 00 flour is a very finely ground, low protein flour that creates a strong, chewy crust. This means that your crust will bubble beautifully in the oven, and will be strong enough support toppings when you…

Weekend Inspiration

   Happy Saturday! I can’t believe that another week has come and gone…it is almost half way through June! I had a busy week full of work and hot, sunny runs. I moved my long run to Friday this week because we are spending the weekend camping at beautiful Bear Lake on the UT/ID border….

Plum Thyme Pie with Rye-Butter Crust

This must be dessert week… Last weekend was a busy one for me, and it included lots of opportunities to bake. I made this pie for a bbq on Sunday, and it was fantastic! Last summer I made these blueberry basil hand pies, and the unique herbal fruit flavor hooked me. This plum pie has…

Olive Oil-Cacao Nib Gelato Sandwiches with Chocolate Rye Cookies

Rich, creamy, delicately flavored ice cream  sandwiched between chewy, chocolate-y cookies might just be the best thing that ever happened to dessert. In my not-so-humble opinion, home-made ice cream is the ultimate summer indulgence. There is something special about ultra creamy, perfectly soft ice cream, and the addition of olive oil really takes it over the…

Weekend inspiration 

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend. Our Saturday was busy. It started with a speedy long run (I managed 8:15’s for the 5mi uphill stretch). Then, we went out for an amazing brunch. We checked out the local honeybee festival. Then we rested with the puppy and cooked an awesome dinner,complete…

My little garden

A few years ago when I still lived in Utah, I grew vegetables in containers on my porch. It was so much fun to watch them grow, and to eat them, and I really missed having an outdoor space to grow things in Germany.  This year I was very excited to plant a variety of…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Do you ever need a snack before dinner? I don’t know about you, but by three or four in the afternoon, I am usually ravenous and have trouble concentrating on work without a snack. I usually like to have a piece of fruit and some nuts or cheese, but lately I have been trying other…