Rikki's Family Recipes

This website originated as a means to share our family's favorite recipes with my oldest son in college, in an effort to encourage him to cook his own meals. I honestly don't know if he ever looks at the site anymore, but now my husband uses it when he needs cooking inspiration on nights when I'm not home to cook. I feel that being able to cook homemade meals is empowering; I can't imagine being reliant daily on take-out or premade meals from the store to feed my husband and kids. Very few of my recipes are complicated or time-consuming.

I'm not going to pretend that all of my recipes are healthy. Please keep in mind that for many years, I've cooked for 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 six to eight people, but in actuality they feed just four or five of us.

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!