Last Week’s Dish Details – 4/8/21

This week we’ve got the whole gamut: traditional Easter dinner complete with ham, veggie burgers, epic s’mores, and a vegan dinner.

Dish Details – Backpacking Trip to Canyonlands

I am so excited that it’s getting warm enough to camp again! Below are the meals we ate for our most recent backpacking trip – a three day, two night affair in Canyonlands.

Dish Details – End of March

We start the next dish details round-up with a meal you’ve already seen here before. (Full disclosure, I am eating a microwaved chimichanga from the freezer section while I type this. Not all our meals are well-rounded or glamorous.)

Dish Details – 3/18/21

Here’s what we ate this week:

Agua Dulce Tea

Back in February of 2020, we went on a spectacular trip to Costa Rica. I’ve thought about that trip a lot over the last year. We’d initially thought about going over our kids’ spring break in late March, but the cheapskates in us decided to just take the kids out of school and go when… Read more »

Last Week’s Dish Details – 3/11/21

It was a celebration week at our house, which meant a greater than normal amount of desserts, so get excited!

Last Week’s Dish Details – 3/4/21

Another week has flown by. Here are some highlights from what we ate this last week. This was one of those weeks where we ditched our plans more than once for takeout or warming something up from the freezer. Some weeks are like that, but even with the upsets we still made some good things…. Read more »

Last Week’s Dish Details – 2/25/21

Welcome to our first ever, “Last Week’s Dish Details!” We aren’t one of those blogs that pumps out posts on a regular basis and we definitely tend to be inspired seasonally. (Can you tell this blog is just a hobby?) We do cook food for ourselves every day though and most of it is pretty… Read more »

New Year’s Tips From a Food Lover and Personal Trainer

Usually, we focus on food here, but what you may not know is that I work part-time as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at my local rec center. Frequently, when people meet me and I tell them about my job they assume I eat “clean” and never touch carbs with a ten-foot-pole. If you… Read more »

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 »

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  • Salmon Chowder

    As a desert girl that grew up in a landlocked world, I’ve always loved fish and rain. Because of this, most of my favorite vacations have been trips to the coast. When Noel and I were first married, my parents rented a house in Manzanita, OR. We were still poor college students at the time, so… Read more »

  • Mini Maple Pumpkin Pies

    Even though my mother made exquisite pies of all kinds, most of the pumpkin pies we ate growing up were store bought. I don’t think my mom is particularly fond of pumpkin pies and since my parents usually won a pie or two every year at the local turkey trot, my mom rarely had a reason… Read more »

  • Homemade Pumpkin Puree

    A few years ago I embarked on a quest. A quest to turn a pumpkin into a pie. Up until that point real pumpkins were something you carved faces into for Halloween and then threw away before the neighbors kids got to them, and pies were best left in the capable hands of Marie Calendar,… Read more »

  • Mini Pecan Pies

    I’ve never quite understood how cupcakes became so popular, and I say this having tasted the best of the best. They are cute, yes, but since they don’t offer an improved flavor profile over cake I rarely find the hassle of decorating that many individual cakes and hand washing muffin tins to be worth it when I… Read more »

  • Flour Tortillas

    There is a trade-off in cooking between taking the time to make something from scratch and buying pre-made. Sometimes the difference isn’t that big and the hassle just isn’t worth it. Other times, the difference in quality is so vast that it’s hardly comparable. Such is the case with flour tortillas. Store bought tortillas are… Read more »

  • Naturally Sweet Applesauce

    My first batch of applesauce was intended to be baby food. The key word here is intended. I whipped up a batch based off of some light reading from a First Meals cookbook I bought at a used bookstore and skimming various recipes on the internet. I felt it was hypocritical to feed my child… Read more »

  • Pie Crust Cookies

    When I was little, my family and some of our friends did some volunteering at a living historical farm. As a girl who loved Little House on the Prairie, it was a dream come true to wear dresses and pinafores while chasing kittens in a barn or swinging on a rope swing across a creek. Even chores… Read more »

  • Crumbly Apple Pie

    ** Recipe updated October 2020 with additional tips and tricks for this amazing fall dessert.** If I had to rename fall, I think I would call it “Pie Season.”  Pumpkin, apple, pecan, even pot pies. It really doesn’t matter what kind of pie; all of them call to me as the weather turns chill and the… Read more »

  • Better Butter

    I know the title of this post sounds like blasphemy. Hear me out. I love butter and I am more happy than anyone to hear that it’s okay to eat again, but have you ever tried to spread cold butter straight out of the refrigerator on a piece of toast? It’s not a pretty sight…. Read more »

  • Tosca Torte

    Several years ago I bought a t-shirt at a little Finnish shop in Astoria, OR. The shirt said, “Miksi minä olen niin kaunis? [Translation: Why am I so beautiful?] Because I’m Finnish.”  I’m 1/4 Finn thanks to my grandma; needless to say, she got a kick out of that shirt. My grandma was always kind… Read more »