Anyone who has ever made pancakes while attempting to not wake the whole entire house, is all too familiar with the struggle of cooking in the dark. It is risky, it is dangerous, and it is absolutely thrilling if your pancakes don’t come out burned along with half the kitchen stove. Cheeky stories aside, this is the story of a blind mom who soldiers on amidst much profound difficulty in her daily life.

Nicole Rasmussen is many things in life; a great chef, a great mom, and a great wife. Nicole is also blind. Cooking simple food, and using other senses like touch in lieu of sight, her love of cooking has continued on even after she lost her sight due to illness. Yet it’s not just the story of culinary feats but instead the wider story of her struggle and determination that makes Nicole’s story such an outstanding one.