Saturday, November 7, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Similar to pumpkin, squash can be used in sweet or savory dishes; roasted, baked, pureed, etc. Since I was feeling festive and wanted to make a fall themed treat, I decided to use butternut squash as I normally would use pumpkin. Just because I'm OVER pumpkin. And you know what? It tasted delicious!.....just like pumpkin. Eye roll.
Since I was getting creative with ingredients, I decided to get creative with my recipe as well. Normally I'd bake pumpkin bread with chocolate chips or pumpkin cookies. Tried and true, but not really fitting my theme today. So, I decided to make donuts! Well, not actual donuts, because they were baked. I need to tweak this recipe so the end product more "donut like" by frying somehow. Maybe in my cast iron skillet? Maybe using the new Flora Sacha Inchi oil that I'm obsessed with? Stay tuned....
Back to my recipe. So I had this great butternut squash puree from a squash I roasted, peeled, and smashed with a fork. To make the donut batter I started with flour, eggs, and baking soda. I didn't want to end up with flat, dense discs; so I sought ingredients that would result in a light, airy texture. I also wanted the donuts to taste like fall, so I got out cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, molasses, and maple syrup. I could smell it already.....
In this recipe I used coconut oil, but I think any oil would work. I would also like to try using browned butter in my next batch, because, YES. Anyhow, I threw a little of this a little of that in a bowl, mixed it all up, and was ready to bake.
This was the tricky part. Well, not really, but since I'm a perfectionist I wanted these to LOOK like donuts (since they were basically just muffins anyway). I don't have a donut baking pan, because #why? To make these look the part I used a well greased muffin tin and filled the tins up about 1/4 or 1/3 of the way full. Then put in them in the oven and awaited the wonderful smell to fill my kitchen.
About 10-15 min later it did! I took out the little "muffins" and set them on a cutting board to cool. In the meantime I got to work on the glaze. Normally I'd just use milk and powdered sugar to make a simple, sweet, not too heavy glaze. But today was all about experimenting, so I made two more unique options.
For the first glaze, I mixed together cream cheese and powdered sugar. One of my favorite types of frosting. I used slightly more cream cheese than sugar to keep the consistency thinner and from becoming overly sweet.
For the second option I mixed together peanut butter, maple syrup, and molasses. Oh yes, I did. I have a
To frost, I just used a butterknife to spread on the frosting, and then used my finger to smooth it over. I finished the cream cheese donuts off with a drizzle of molasses. I think it would be fun to add nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc, on top as well.
Final verdict- these were delicious and unique. The texture was very light and fluffy, not at all dense. But, they were a little soft for donuts, in fact they just tasted like muffins....BUT they were in the shape of donuts. That's what counts, right? Like I said, I'll keep tweaking the recipe....
- 3/4 c+ flour (all purpose or a mix)
- 2/3 c butternut squash (or pumpkin) puree
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c vegetable oil or coconut oil
- 1/4 c orange juice
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/8 c molasses
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2-3 T cream cheese
- 2-3 T powdered sugar
- molasses for drizzling
- 2-3 T Peanut butter
- 1 T molases
- 1-2 T maple syrup
Saturday, September 12, 2015
To celebrate the early harvest I decided to make a dish incorporating several ingredients from my garden. I like eggplant, but it's a finicky relationship. On it's own, eggplant leaves much to be desired. It's gross, to be fully honest. But incorporated with a multitude of spices and flavors, eggplant can be downright delightful. Normally, I use eggplant in curries, where it soaks up the coconut and curry flavors and tastes divine. I wanted to try a different approach, one that enhanced the flavor of the eggplant, rather than masked it. I read through a couple cookbooks for inspiration, stopping on a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi, for a North African style Chermoula Aubergine. This dish relied heavily on spices but still made the eggplant the start pupil. I liked it.
by Stephanie Howe
Prep Time: 15-20 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Keywords: bake entree fall
Ingredients (Serves 4)
- 2 Large or 4-6 Small Eggplants
- 2-3 cloves Garlic
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1/3 c olive oil
- 1 c Bulgur or wheat berries
- 1/2 onion
- 2-3 crimini mushrooms
- 3-4 Kale leaves
- 2 T lemon juice
- 2 T Fresh basil
- plain greek yogurt
- olive oil
- cherry tomatos
InstructionsFor the Eggplants
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Slice 2 large or 5-6 small eggplants lengthwise. Score the flesh in a diagonal criss cross pattern and arrange the halves, cut side up in a glass baking dish.
Combine olive oil, garlic, cumin, coriander, lemon, salt, and cayenne in a small dish and spread evenly over the eggplants.
Bake for 30 min or until soft.For the Bulgar
Heat 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Once boiling, add bulgar and reduce heat to a simmer for 15 (ish) minutes.
Add mushrooms and onion to a frying pan along with olive oil to coat. Cook over medium high heat until mushrooms and onion begin to soften. Remove from heat and add kale leaves, torn into small bite sized pieces. Stir and set aside.
When bulgar is finished, add to the mushroom and kale mixture. Stir in lemon juice, basil, and salt and stir to combine.
To assemble, add bulgar on top of each eggplant, letting it spill over the sides. Top with a large spoonful of plain greek yogurt, drizzle with olive oil and add chopped basil, and cherry tomatoes.
Serve immediately, preferably with a good IPA :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
|Photo: Kristen Kortebein/iRunFar|
|Photo: Matt Trappe|
|Lining up for the start|
Photo: Matt Trappe
|Photo: Michel Cottin|
|Photo: Meghan Hicks|
|Somewhere in Italy|
|No words. Champex-Lac|
|Starting to feel alive|
|Sprinting for the finish line|
|Reflecting on what we just did......|
Photo: Manu Vilaseca
- I ran around Mont Blanc
- I suffered greatly and yet again "learned something" about myself
- Many people helped me find the courage to continue along the way
- I kicked it in the last mile (5:43) in a sprint out for 8th place
- Zach and I celebrated our first anniversary at the finish line of UTMB
- I am lucky to have so many great friends in my life!
Friday, August 14, 2015
"What are your views on the female athlete triad?"
I thought for a few moment about how I wanted to answer this question. Sure, I know a lot about the female athlete triad. With my background in exercise physiology and nutrition, my dissertation study on appetite and female runners, and the fact that I'm a female athlete myself, yeah I know quite a bit about the female athlete triad.
The textbook description of the female athlete triad is a syndrome that can occur when women, often endurance athletes, have low energy intake or disordered eating, leading to the loss of the menstrual cycle (amenorrhea), resulting in low bone mineral density and possibly osteoporosis. It's a snowball effect, as one symptom impacts the next, with impacts the next, etc. It's all too common in endurance sports, and it has very serious negative health consequences. And we know this.
So why, then, do we put so much focus on it?
The female athlete triad is not breaking news. Not at all. It was given a name many, many years ago and dozens of research studies (dating back to the 80's), articles, books, documentaries, movies, podcasts, magazine articles, probably cassette tapes, CD's (what else am I missing from the 90s?), etc., have been produced on the female athlete triad. The triad's prevalence among athletes in sports such as running, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, and figure skating (to name a few) is well known. There are so many stories of female athletes who have "suffered" this path.
As a kid I was obsessed with gymnastics and I idolized Nadia Comeneci. There was a movie, Nadia, documenting her gymnastics career that I watched more than once. Despite winning a gold medal at the Olympics, what I remember most from the movie was the extreme training regime and eating disorder. I'm sure that wasn't the goal of the movie, but it was glamorized in sorts. Looking back, I don't think that was a great way to portray a strong female athlete. I looked up to this gymnast, and it told me was that eating disorders were part of being an Olympic champion.
Another memory I have is reading the book "Pretty Good for a Girl" when I was younger. I LOVED this book because it was about an female runner who could hold her own in a sport dominated by men. It was inspiring and I very much resonated with the story. BUT, it did place a lot of focus on the dark side of endurance sports:
"You are a girl. You are a girl and you want to show the world what you're made of, blood and steel and backbone, guts. So you start running. Running so all those eyes who see just a girl will know what you can do. Your legs take the hills, eat up the road, the sky, the birds, parts of your heart, strong through your chest and then your throat, stride by hungry stride. And you do it really well, too, you run and run and run. Better better best. Breathe and deeper breathe. Until the exhaustion creeps into your bones, steals the fire from your face."
The book was about addiction, self-esteem, and the female athlete triad. But not in a good way. Kind of like the way the police officer in DARE told us that taking Ecstasy felt like a full body orgasm. But we should never take it because it's bad.
That really makes kids not want to take drugs. The same is true about celebrating eating disorders in female athletes. Is that really how we want to tell the story?
It seems that every book, movie, or article about a successful female athlete also focuses on the disordered eating. What message does that send? Yes, I think it's important to be open about struggles, but does every single story about a female athlete have to involve a struggle with food?
And if it does, let's actually be real about what it's like.....
Eating disorders are not attractive. They will not make sure you faster, more successful, or help with self esteem. They are not sexy. And worst of all, there are some very serious health consequences. Like death. Sound good? I didn't think so.
So, instead of always telling the same story, let's talk about some strong, successful, badass women who are kicking ass right now. Let's glamorize the hard work, dedication, and lifestyle they have chosen to lead. Isn't that a better way to inspire young athletes?
And, maybe, just maybe, if we don't always focus on the female athlete triad (at least in the media) someday there will be more books, articles, movies about strong, healthy women to look up to.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I really needed to hit the reset button.....
A few days later Zach and I got out the maps began scheming. Neither of us had spent time in the Strawberry Mountains, so we decided to give it a try.
|Heading East. Dog is my co-pilot.|
The following day we did a little hiking, but the
|Happy Birthday "Merica!|
|Enjoying the wildflowers|
|View from the top. Of course we had to summit something.|
|4th of July. Just the three of us hanging out in our backyard.|
|View from the Top|
|Mordor...one ring to rule them all|
|Running down the scree. Whee!|
Photo: Jon Ornate
|Running the Arizona Trail|
Photo: Taylor Maltz
|Hanging out after the run.|
Photo: Stephane Bailliez
Photo: Stephane Bailliez
I left Flagstaff Friday morning and arrived in Bend around 8:00pm. Zach picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to the Wallowa's for Zach's birthday adventure.
The past three years we've done a backpacking trip in the Eagle Cap Wilderness for Zach's birthday weekend. And each time I am reminded of what a beautiful place Eagle Cap is. It's totally worth the 7 hour drive....
|Camping out with friends the first night|
|Caught on a Tenkara rod. Riley sure wanted to help!|
|Family photo at the summit|
Coming back home I've realized what a great group of family, friends, and sponsors I have. It's really incredible to think about how many awesome people I have in my life. I don't think I take the time to thank everyone nearly enough. So here goes.....
Zach. What would I do without you? I have no idea. Over the past 4 weeks we have been through some very fun, happy times (adventures!) and also some low, dark places...like the last 10 hours of WS. But, good or bad, Zach was there the whole time. Thanks babe!
My mom and dad came out to watch Western States this year. It was the first race they have seen me run. It was incredible to have them there to see me work through and ultimately finish. My dad even ran the last mile with me. I am so thankful they could be there!
Zach's parents and brother also came out to watch. They were out at every crew aid station cheering me on. Phil even rode his bike, ironically 100 miles, to watch me race.
My fantastic cousins, Ryan and Jillian, made the trek out from Minneapolis to be a part of Western States this year. Jillian and I have gotten really close over the past couple years and it meant so much to me to have them there! They also made really awesome signs for me :)
Torsten. Not family, but might as well be. Thanks for all your help this year and for being such a great friend and role model over the past few years. Zach and I are so lucky to have you and Beth as friends!!
You guys are my rock. Thanks for keeping some balance in my life and including me in some fun, non-running adventures. I feel like a lucky girl to have so many awesome people in my life:
Elisa, Chris, Natalie, Ryan, Matt, Nate, Rob, Christina, Erin, Mandy, Scott, Chassen, Robbie, Meg, Rick, Rebecca, Renee, Kami, Meghan, Monkey Boy, the Bouclairs, and so many more.....
I am able to pursue my dreams because you believe in me! I am so thankful for all the support you've given to help me get here.
The North Face My Family. I love my teammates to pieces! Thanks to the North Face for supporting such a great, close knit group of athletes. I couldn't imagine a better team dynamic. Thanks for all the great support and product. I am very fortunate to be a part of the team!
Clif Bar I am fueled by Clif Bar products every single day. Thanks for taking athlete input and including me in the development of Clif Organic Energy Food. This product, along with the rest of the Clif Bar family, has fueled me through miles and miles.
Flora Keeping me healthy during training and racing. I never leave home without my 7 Sources and Green Blend!
Nathan Hydration and a whole lot more. Support both on and off the trails. Thanks for helping me dial in a hydration pack that's perfect for me!
Julbo Shades for running, relaxing, and looking cool. I love our group of athletes!
Drymax Happy feet! No blisters for me!
Roch Horton at Black Diamond Lights lights lights! And, good advice from a ultra running legend!
Burke Selbst at Focus Physical Therapy My therapist, both physical and mental. Not only do you help keep my body healthy, but you listen to me vent. You have helped me overcome so much!
Ian Torrence My coach and mentor. Thanks for helping me run to my potential and not letting me take myself too seriously :)
Recharge Sport Where I work and hang out. I'm thankful to have access to a wonderful recovery lab and shoot the shit with the best athletes around.
Footzone Always providing me support and opportunities to interact with our wonderful community.
Matt Trappe For grinding out two killer photo shoots within 24 hours of Western States, and not wearing me out! You Rock!