Backpacking Pasta + Our Favorite Food to Eat on the Trail

I posted this picture to instagram and Facebook over the weekend from a mini backpacking trip we did with friends and many were surprised to find out it was a dinner we made while backpacking. Today, I’m here to dish all the dirty details on how we made that meal happen, plus share some of our… Read more »

Dirty Dish Club Goes Coastal

In my last post, I mentioned we just got back from a trip to the Oregon Coast. It was a glorious week of cool temperatures, runs on the beaches, and high berry consumption. Since it was a vacation, we indulged ourselves with lots of tasty food. Here is the recap of our vacation told in… Read more »

Our Top Five Favorite Cheesecakes

National cheesecake day is this Sunday! We usually throw a big party so we don’t feel ashamed about baking an obscene amount of cheesecake, but this year we just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast and sadly don’t have enough time or energy to make it happen.*

Socializing with Dirty Dish Club

According to age, we’re technically millennials. But when it comes to social media we’re kind of late bloomers. We literally joined Facebook after both of our moms did. Really, we were hoping Facebook would just go the way of the world like Myspace, but it just wouldn’t die and we just ended up being in… Read more »

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

I photographed this cheesecake one year ago and since then have made it four times, but not had the decency to share it with you. It’s been requested for two birthdays and brought in one of the highest bids at a scout fundraiser. Even when the salted caramel craze dies, I’m pretty sure this cheesecake… Read more »

Dutch Oven Stew

When I was a kid I loved canned stew. My love became so well-known that people started giving it to me for my birthday. Yep, canned stew for my birthday and I was excited bout it. At some point, my palate matured though and I lost my zeal for canned stew. (That or hit my… Read more »

Camping Menu

Hopefully it’s pretty obvious that we like camping. We consider ourselves to be fairly hardcore about it, especially considering our baggage, er children. We get dirt under our fingernails, sleep on the ground, and start fires without lighter fluid. There is one area where we do not succumb to survival tactics though and that is our… Read more »

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cobbler

During our courtship (is that word too archaic for something that only happened a decade ago?), Noel and I spent a summer apart. I was smitten which led me to do sappy things like make care packages with chocolate kisses and cheesy sayings. And because Noel was likewise smitten, he continued dating me even though he… Read more »

Five Reasons You Should Do a Sugar Detox

One of the things we knew we needed to address as we tried to get back to more healthy eating habits and #makepantsfitagain was address our relationship with sugar. (Backstory here.) At first, we tried to do things like limit our sweets to once a week, but we kept relapsing because Tuesday the kids were really hard… Read more »

Almond Stuffed Campfire Peaches

Noel mentioned in his last post that in an effort to #makepantsfitagain, we did a bit of a sugar detox. (Post on that coming soon to your favorite food blog.) Going forward we aren’t banning sugar, but we’re definitely cutting back significantly. Over Memorial Day weekend, we took our kids on a mini backpacking trip. While… Read more »

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  • Raspberries & Cream Overnight Oats

    Stepping out the door, everything is grey: the dirty snow, the overcast sky. I walk carefully on the ice because slow is smooth and smooth is fast. In the yards around the neighborhood corpses of inflatable Christmas decorations–Mickey Mouse, polar bears, penguins, and Santa Claus–lie as lifeless piles of nylon as if they were casualties of a great battle. Moms in… Read more »

  • Zuppa Toscana

    I know it’s the New Year and everyone is filling their pin boards and meal plans with low-carb recipes and green smoothies and even though our Pinterest widget reveals our complicity in this madness, here is our reality: Our kids are sick. They’re grumpy and snotty and more unreasonable than usual. We’re bending over backward… Read more »

  • Raspberry Sticks

    These cookies are a classic. They’re simple and usually not the first thing people grab at a party, but they always end up being the item people keep coming back for. Though similar in profile to a thumbprint cookie, they require a little less labor, but manage to have a more sophisticated feel. I’m going… Read more »

  • Lasagna Soup

    This one’s a regular at our house. We’ve seen a couple of versions out there, but this is our take on it. It’s as yummy as full-blown lasagna without being so tedious. If you don’t dilly dally you can have this on the table in half an hour. That’s less time than it takes to… Read more »

  • Peppermint Oreos

    So, here’s the thing. Yeah, we rag on Halloween candy, try to sneak whole wheat and veggies into everything, and give advice on healthier things to put in kids’ stockings, but despite all the preachiness and strong opinions, we aren’t the people on the block handing out carrot sticks to spread good cheer this time of year. I… Read more »

  • Dirty Dish Club Stocking Stuffer Guide for Kids

    We talked about stocking stuffers for grown-ups last time, but the same disclaimer goes for this guide. I always hate those guides that leave you thinking “Yikes! How much money do other people spend on XYZ holiday?!?” We here at the Dirty Dish Club are moderately frugal and are in no way suggesting you buy everything… Read more »

  • Dirty Dish Club Stocking Stuffer Guide for Grown-ups

    ‘Tis the season of gift guides is it not? I am generally against the over commercialization of Christmas, and I hate to add to it, but I just couldn’t help myself, especially since some of these are actually really good ideas. I’m hoping they can give you some guidance if you’re trying to find a few… Read more »

  • Almond Cranberry Muffins with Whole Wheat

    I am not a real fan of cranberry sauce (even when we make it ourselves), so we always make a small batch of the stuff for Thanksgiving and then have extra cranberries sitting forlornly in the fridge. Fruit generally doesn’t live a long life at our house, but cranberries are too tart even for our four-year-old… Read more »

  • Maple Pumpkin Pie

    And here you have it, the long-awaited conclusion to our pumpkin pie saga. As we learned last time, it is important to start with pumpkin purée that you made from a pumpkin if for no other reason than bragging rights. You may already know that I am a big pumpkin pie fan. Also, I am… Read more »

  • Pumpkin Pecan Bars

    I have a sister-in-law who knows a great deal about etiquette. She’s the type of person that brings flowers when invited for dinner and knows exactly which utensil to use during a multi-course meal. Being the type of person who generally thinks my presence is gift enough and has to consult google the two times… Read more »