Category Archives: What’s Cooking at SRP?

Chipotle-Rubbed Pork Chops with Nectarine Salsa

Chipotle Pork Chops

When I shop for food, I use all my senses to guarantee the excellence of my ingredients. I pick everything up, visually inspect it, tap it, squeeze it, listen to it, and taste it. And oh yeah—I’m a self-professed “smeller.” I’m that person in the store you might catch deeply inhaling each specimen of seasonal […]

German Potato Salad with Leeks and Mustard Seeds

German Potato Salad

With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s time to think about yummy celebratory dishes to bring to the party. Oftentimes, healthier options at these events are pretty slim, if not completely void. I try not to be too much of a foodie snob when someone has graciously welcomed me into their home, so I’ll […]

Grilled Asparagus-Leek Salad with Asiago and Pecans

Asparagus-Leek Salad

The passing of Memorial Day always signifies the true start of summer to me. The sound of the 7 a.m. school bus is merely a memory, replaced by the shrieks and giggles of boisterous children running through sprinklers and neighborly chats over dog walks at dusk. I spend a good part of my evenings on […]

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash with Feta and Olives

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash

Many of you may have gleaned from my past articles that I lean towards lower-carbohydrate foods in my personal life. As an athlete, I need my calories to sustain my lifestyle. But years ago I discovered that when I ingest large quantities of refined carbs—the kind that are converted to glucose quicker than their complex […]

Brazilian Seafood Stew (Moqueca de Peixe)

Brazillian Fish Stew

I’m always looking for new ways to include seafood in my diet. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I ate saltwater fare so frequently that I really took it for granted without realizing it at the time. Now that I’m landlocked, I miss my fish dearly. Thankfully, I’ve found a few local places that receive […]

Moroccan Chicken with Lemon, Saffron, and Green Olives

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan cuisine is a personal favorite. The country’s location, with coastline on both the North Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, helped it become a mecca of trade with other cultures and nations over the course of millennia. While Moroccan food harnesses culinary influences from Andalusia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean, the resulting cuisine features […]

Springtime Asparagus Salad with Bacon, Egg, and Tarragon

Springtime Asparagus Salad

I’m writing this post fresh off a balmy 80° day, one I welcomed with open arms and bare feet. I think it’s fairly safe to say that spring has officially sprung! This time of year is my personal favorite. I love the buzzing energy, the chirping birds, and the dew-glistened, newly sprouted growth. I love […]

Lamb Shanks with Tomato, Mint, and Basil

Lamb shank

Easter is just around the corner, and this time of year always brings me thoughts of the small island in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up. With spring came lush green meadows, heavenly scented orchards, and glorious dewy mornings. The island was also a prime location for raising sheep, so much so that it […]

Sweet Potato, Apple, and Sausage Hash with Kale and Eggs

Sweet Potato Hash

Towards the end of January, I decided to embark on a cleanse of sorts. This is something I often do in late winter or early spring to give my body a break. The ritual also helps me rid myself of toxins that accumulate over the holiday season, when my job gets very demanding, and I […]

Tangy Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder with Potatoes and Cabbage

Pork Shoulder

Today I spent a good deal of time with my pants rolled up and my feet bare, basking in 70-degree weather. In February. I’m not going to lie, it was wonderful. However, we all know the weather can change in an instant—especially here in Colorado—so I’m not fooled for a second that the balmy temps […]

Brown Rice Risotto with Oysters, Butternut Squash, and Herbs

Brown Rice Risotto with Oysters

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a prime opportunity to showcase a food synonymous with love. So this year, rather than waste money on a mediocre steak at an inflated price, why not stay in with your beloved and serve something special? The food that immediately comes to mind when we think of […]

Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Pad thai is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Perfectly balanced between salty, sour, sweet, and spicy, this classic Thai staple has many variations, but all will likely contain a few key ingredients: noodles, egg, and peanuts. This dish is traditionally made with wide, flat rice noodles, and if not made properly it can […]

Mediterranean Cauliflower-Radicchio Salad

Here we are, mid-January. The hubbub of the holidays has faded to a blur in our memories, and we’re winding down for the last stretch of winter. It’s around this time of year when I find myself getting antsy for brighter, fresher food on my plate. Maybe it’s because the produce aisle is so woefully […]

Beer and Cider-Braised Pork Shanks

The humble pork shank doesn’t get much recognition compared to its low, slow, braise-worthy cousins, such as the shoulder. That’s too bad. Shanks not only take up less room and time in the kitchen, but they also contain lots of rich cartilage that add dimension and silkiness, as well as plenty of nutrients, to the […]

Creamy Tomato Bisque

The day I sat down to write this post, the weather had severely changed. The previous morning I was wearing sandals and a dress as I dropped my daughter off at preschool. But by early afternoon, the temperature had dropped so dramatically that I struggled to get warm. Today it seems as if winter has […]

Turkey-Tomatillo Stew

It’s that time of year again—the week when you just can’t seem to find enough uses for Thanksgiving leftovers. Now don’t get me wrong. I think one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Then again, I’m one of those funny people who actually prefers the leftovers to the feast itself! But I […]

Chocolate, Pumpkin, and Peanut Butter Cheesecake

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey…and stuffing, and gravy, and squash, and mashed potatoes. And, of course, dessert. While pie is absolutely imperative in my opinion, sometimes it’s also nice to add something unusual to the spread. This scrumptious cheesecake combines two traditional flavors of fall: warm spices and sweet […]

Kale, Sausage, and Winter Squash Hash

It’s squash season! I’m not ashamed to incorporate this delectable winter vegetable into my diet in every way, shape, and form imaginable—at least for the next few months. Thankfully, there’s such a multitude of winter squash available at this time of year that I don’t get terribly bored. And just when I think I can’t […]

Seared Lamb Chops with Broccoli Rabe and Potato, Cauliflower, and Leek Puree

On a crisp, chilly, autumn night, this warming dish is just as perfect for a rustic family meal as a formal dinner party. Adding cauliflower to the puree lightens the potatoes, increases the vitamin and mineral content, and imparts a wonderful flavor. The sautéed leeks offer visual appeal and an enhanced nutritional profile. The slightly […]