Showing posts from July, 2014

When Life Hands You Over-ripe Bananas...

Bananas are finicky creatures.  Our experience in the Ross household is that bananas go from green to brown practically overnight.  We received a banana holder for Christmas, which helps somewhat with the rapid bruising and over-ripening, but I still find myself with brown bananas by the end of each week.

Does anyone else have this situation going on in their kitchen?

Tired of baking the exact same banana bread week after week, I did some investigating and found these delicious recipes!

Banana Buttermilk Pancakes from Closet Cooking

1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
2 overripe bananas (mashed)

1. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
2. Mix the buttermilk, egg, butter and bananas in another bowl.
3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients making sure to not over mix.
4. Heat a pan and melt a touch of butter in it.
5. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into…

Trail Running

We Santa Feans have been so blessed this season (knock on wood) to not have any fires in our area of the National Forest.  We've had more rain and moisture this year than previous years, and the wilderness is so lush and green right now, with wild flowers in bloom and colorful, tiny butterflies fluttering about.  I took Kua on a run up to Puerto Nambe yesterday, a clearing in the woods on the way to Santa Fe Baldy.  It was such a beautiful day!  

I remember hiking La Luz last year and feeling so impressed with all the people running to the top of the mountain.  I also thought they were crazy.  It's challenging enough to hike up a mountain, and I couldn't imagine running the trail!  Well I guess now I've become one of the crazies.  A lot of my hikes have turned into trail runs.  And I love it!  (In my defense, I'm not crazy enough YET to run to the top of Wheeler, or Santa Fe Baldy, or Deception Peak.  I do have my limits.)

"The key is to understand that though r…

East Coast Vacation

I've been a little MIA lately.  I just got back from a week-long vacation to the East Coast, where I soaked up some sun at Virginia Beach, laughed with my mom and sister over Sangria and Chardonnay, and read a whole stack of good books.  I love the landscape, mountains, and (non-humid) weather in Santa Fe, but I yearn for water!  It was so wonderful to spend a whole vacation enjoying the Atlantic Ocean, the Charles River and bays in Boston, and the Saco River in New Hampshire.

My mom, sister and I enjoy paddle boarding in Rudee's Inlet.  We tried some paddle board-style yoga, which is way more challenging than it looks!

In Boston, my sister and I spent a morning at Walden Pond.  It was so perfect!  I recently re-read Thoreau's book, and it was amazing to see the real place.  We visited the foundation of Thoreau's house, and enjoyed a run around the lake and swimming in the warm water.  

My friend, Renee, and I spent the afternoon sailing on the Charles River.  I haven'…

Fire Energy

I don't know about you, but I have been cranky lately!  As soon as I got home from Minnesota last week, I just had incredible road rage at New Mexico drivers, frustration about the 90 degree afternoon heat, impatience with coworkers, spitefulness toward other shoppers in the grocery store, and annoyance at my own family.  I felt super judgmental toward everyone.  Do you ever just have those days (or weeks) when you hate everybody?  When you just think, if everyone did _____ more like I do or believed in ______ like I do, then the world would be a better place?  (How arrogant! I know! But I think everyone can relate...)

Then I went to yoga, and the instructor's message totally hit home.  He talked about the Pitta dosha, the biological energy dealing with the relationship between fire and water.  The Pitta dosha can get pretty out of whack with hot temperatures, causing frustration, anger, and impatience.  There is a forest fire burning near Santa Fe in the Jemez mountains right …

Blueberry Rum Pie

Happy Independence Day!  I have many fond memories of 4th of Julys past  -- watching fireworks from my deck, listening to the Mraz Bros band play music at Grand View Lodge, walking in parades with my cheerleading squad, running the local 5 mile race with my mom, and hanging out with my fellow drum corps friends after a full day of marching parades when I was in Blue Stars.  

Working in a hospital, 4th of July is just another Friday (although with a slightly higher rate of Trauma Stats), so I didn't get to golf and day drink like the rest of my household, but I am looking forward to grilling at a friend's house tonight!

My contribution to the buffet is this incredibly tasty blueberry pie from my favorite cook book, The Boozy Baker:


For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, well chilled and cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1 Tablespoon dark rum
2-4 Tablespoons ice water

For the Blueberry Filling:
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 …