Roasted Tomatillo Posole

Two weeks ago, we set a record for both heat and snow in a 48 hour time period. It was a little bit of seasonal whiplash that lead to harvesting as much produce as possible. We had a crazy amount of tomatillos that needed to be eaten. With snow on the ground and temperatures below… Read more »

Hazelnut Nutella Cheesecake

We have a slight cheesecake obsession here at The Dirty Dish Club. We have a few cheesecake recipes in the archives and every year we throw a big cheesecake party to celebrate National Cheesecake Day. Every once in awhile, someone new to our invite list will ask how this all got started. The short story… Read more »

Backpacking Burritos

We lean heavily on freeze dried meals when backpacking, but sometimes you want to eat something that wasn’t re-hydrated. We don’t eat a ton of packaged foods in our day to day life, but when we have a backpacking trip coming up, I find myself wandering down unfamiliar aisles at the grocery store waiting to… Read more »

Strawberry Lemonade Slush

I’ve been obsessed with slushes this summer. They are a refreshing, sweet treat with little to no sugar depending on how you make it. I just shared my current reigning favorite, a cherry limeade slush, but this strawberry lemonade slush is my kids’ favorite and a close second for me.

Cherry Limeade Slush

It’s probable that I’m the last person on earth to try Sonic’s Cherry Limeade Slush. One hot day after hiking midday, we grabbed some grub at Sonic and I couldn’t resist getting the much talked about cherry limeade slush. It was the perfect refreshment for a hot afternoon. I found myself craving the cherry limeade… Read more »

DIY Oatmeal Packets

Last year, Noel and I had a temporary lapse in sanity and signed up to run an ultra marathon. There were things about it we expected to be hard – running that far, finding time to run that far, dealing with the physical consequences of running that far. One of the things we didn’t anticipate… Read more »

Backpacking Meal Plan

This year, we decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by backpacking through some of America the Beautiful’s purple mountain majesty. The kids have done a few backpacking trips with us, but this was our most ambitious one with kids yet. We went a total of 18 miles with a gain of 3500 feet over… Read more »

Dutch Oven Raspberry Pudding Cake

Nature has always been a place that calms and rejuvenates me. This has been especially true during this season of COVID-19. We are lucky to live within walking distance of a mesa and during Colorado’s “Stay at Home Order” we crossed and recrossed its terrain on runs, bike rides, and hikes. (Fortunately, exercise was deemed… Read more »

Foods That Got Us Through Quarantine

Oh, hello. It’s been awhile hasn’t it, but it’s not like anything has changed . . .

Almond Butter Granola Bites

I’m a sucker for the manager’s special section of the grocery store. I can’t resist a deal and I get a certain thrill from sifting through the clearance items looking for treasure. Last summer, a few bags of Nature Valley’s Almond Butter Granola Bites landed in that corner of the store. I scooped up a… Read more »

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  • High Altitude Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

    I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a couple of months now, which is a shame because this recipe is important. It was the recipe that sealed my street cred with the preschool staff. 

  • Camp Kitchen Travel Inspiration

    We just got back from a marvelous two week road trip filled with amazing adventures. We had several delicious camping recipes we tried and want to share, but we were having so much fun we rarely got around to eating before dusk which means we have very few photos of said delicious food. So, until… Read more »

  • Skillet Hobo Dinner

    Back when Noel and I first met, long before The Dirty Dish Club was even a twinkle in our eyes, we spent a romantic night in making tinfoil dinners. We chopped up the veggies, nestled them against patties, and wrapped them snuggly in foil. Our cooking prowess was still in its infancy and our kitchen tools… Read more »

  • Chicken Quinoa Soup

    Usually this time of year I’d be brainstorming ways to minimize the use of my stove and oven in my cooking routine, but this last month has been a time of almost constant rain and cool temperatures. While others were proclaiming Memorial Day the beginning of barbecue season, I was simmering a heartwarming soup. This… Read more »

  • School Birthday Treat

    We are just dipping our toes into the world of school birthday treats and all the rules that affect them and the stress they can cause. Currently our son is in a classroom where one of the kids has a severe nut allergy and all snacks and treats (even the one’s they don’t share) have to… Read more »

  • High Altitude Churro Cupcakes

    Cinco de Mayo is a big thing at our place. Not because we’re super into Americanized drinking holidays (we don’t even drink), but because I gave birth to someone very special on a Cinco de Mayo. It also doesn’t hurt that we really like Mexican food.*

  • A Perfectly Balanced Baby Shower Menu

    I swear there must be something in the water, but there has been a baby boom amongst my friends lately.  With both of my kids solidly out of the baby stage (although our three-year-old all too often acts like one), I’ve really enjoyed my role on the sidelines where I get to cheer friends on,… Read more »

  • Earth Day Goals

    “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire… Read more »

  • Scavengers

    We have a couple of wild animals living in our house. They leave sticky paw prints, apple cores, and torn wrappers in their wake. They scale the side of the fridge in search of nourishment and are often found cowering in corners hunched over piles of crumbs. Despite the overpowering ravenous hunger these poor creatures… Read more »

  • High Altitude Rich Pound Cake

    When we first moved to Colorado I felt like I had to learn how to bake all over again. Even though I’ve lived at high altitude all my life, everything I baked came out maddeningly flatter than usual. I’d also recently joined the club of stay-at-home-motherhood, and with a tiny babe, no friends, and little… Read more »