Rikki's Family Recipes

I'm not going to pretend that all of my recipes are healthy. Please keep in mind that for the past many years, I've been raising two teenage boys who, at times, have had morning swim practice before school, then a full day of school, then back to swim practice and weight lifting for another three hours. Just think for a minute about how many calories a teenage boy burns on such a day. Many of my recipes should feed eight people, but in actuality they feed just the five of us. My daughter eats like a small bird, and her older brothers eat, well, A LOT.

I hope you will enjoy trying some of our favorites. Because we live in a cool climate -- the Pacific Northwest -- you will likely notice that many of my recipes are warming foods like chili and soup. We never grow tired of chili and soup in the Stride house.

Happy cooking!