Rikki's Family Recipes

This website originated in 2018 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. That son doesn't use my 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 myself, my husband or our 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 cooked for two teenage boys who, at times, 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.

I hope you will enjoy trying some of our family 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. I like to share them for this reason: they are comforting and warming and satiating.

Happy cooking!