Happy Galentine’s Day y’all!

I just can’t with the whole fancy, romantic dinner thing for Valentine’s Day. Take me to the mountains, give me tacos, give me margaritas and my heart is yours. But I CAN get excited about celebrating how great all the ladies in my life are. In true Leslie Knope fashion, you can bake all your gals these delicious, chewy, chocolatey brownie cookies. They’ll love you even more when you tell them they are gluten-free and they pair well with a rich malbec, a crisp rosé, a vanilla porter, or even a latte.

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies

This recipe makes 2 dozen.

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies 3

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies 2


  • 3 cups powdered sugar (or 360 g)
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (or 92 g)
  • 4 large egg whites, room temp
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet (2 baking sheets if you have them and want to bake them all at once) with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set it aside.
  2. Whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Add the egg whites, vanilla and salt and whisk until dough is smooth, shiny and thick (it will be thinner than most cookie dough, much thicker than brownie batter).
  4. Fold in the dark chocolate.
  5. Use a cookie dough scoop to portion out dough and place on prepared baking sheet(s). You should be able to fit 12 per sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Tops should be crackled and shiny. Let cool on baking sheets. Store in airtight container.


For native midwesterners like me, sweet corn is a whole thing. We would have sweet corn at every meal for weeks while it was in season and never get sick of it. There’s just nothing like eating corn right off the cob that was picked earlier that day. The sugars haven’t turned to starch yet so the kernels are so tender and sweet. Anything you find in the grocery store has already become starchy and, in my opinion, inedible.

Continue reading “Gran’s Corn Pudding”

The onslaught of snow that bombarded us the last week in October stirred the need for warm, hearty comfort foods. As a native midwesterner, that generally calls for slow-roasted pot roast, creamy casseroles, and hearty stews.

I was reminded of feeling cold and tired and longing comfort during my trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal last spring. The Moonlight Lodge in Namche was my favorite along the trek. The rooms were quite comfortable, they offered hot showers (for 500 rupees), free device charging, and their food was the best I had during the whole trip. Luckily I had the pleasure of staying there for a total of 3 nights; 2 nights on the way to base camp since we had an acclimatization day in Namche and 1 night on the way back down.

The thing about trekking in Nepal is that you get comfortable being uncomfortable. Coming off a season filled with lots of backcountry skiing, I already had a decent tolerance to being chilled and achy. I wouldn’t say the trek was easy for me by any means but I was surprised at how well my body and mind handled it. Quite tired of dal baht, I ordered the Sherpa Stew at the Moonlight Lodge one night and found it healing in more ways than one.

Moonlight Lodge Sherpa Stew
The Sherpa Stew at the Moonlight Lodge in Namche, Nepal

Continue reading “Namche Moonlight Lodge Sherpa Stew”

If you know me, or if you’ve been following for a while, then you know my drink of choice is a margarita. Not the kind blended with a bunch of sour mix… a classic margarita with freshly squeezed lime juice.

So, since it is Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing my most recent margarita obsession. Continue reading “Spicy Blackberry Margaritas”

It’s that time of year! We flock to our kitchens to bake tons of sweet treats to celebrate the season. So I’m sharing a new cookie recipe every day this week!

Today, I’m sharing my recipe for s’mores cookies!

Smores Cookies 2

Growing up, s’mores were my favorite part of camping. But we miss out on s’mores often here in Colorado. There are usually fire bans in place during peak camping season to help prevent wildfires. These cookies are a perfect substitute. Continue reading “Cookie Week: S’mores Cookie Recipe”

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