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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts
Maybe I was a strange kid, but I didn’t really like Pop-Tarts growing up. I guess even back then I had a hint of good taste. There was one exception though. While I shunned Pop-Tarts ranging from strawberry to S’mores I could never turn down a brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tart. There was just something about… Read more »
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Smoothie
I may be a little smitten with this smoothie. It reminds me of a peanut butter cup, but it’s healthier and therefore appropriate to eat pretty much whenever you feel like it. I whip it up after a morning workout, as a midday pick-me-up, or as an evening snack to pacify my sweet tooth. I have… Read more »
Dutch Oven Triple Berry Hazelnut Crumb Pie
Originally, the thought of making a pie while camping summoned up terrible visions of rolling out pie crust on a splintery picnic table splattered with bird poop and the remnants of someone else’s meal. The image was so clear in my brain that when Noel found a dutch oven pie recipe that didn’t even involve traditional… Read more »
Dutch Oven Cooking Basics
Dutch oven cooking can be intimidating. We got one for a wedding gift and it was quite a while before we could do more than a cake-mix-and-canned-peaches cobbler. Now it’s our favorite way to cook while car camping (not backpacking for obvious reasons) or on a hot summer day to keep the house from heating… Read more »
Camp Kitchen Series – Camp Kitchen 101
When we got married we registered at two places: Target and REI. We figured between the two we had all our bases covered. (We’re the kind of people who value backpacking gear over fancy dinnerware.) We’d both done a lot of camping with family and friends, Noel’s an Eagle Scout and my parents started taking me… Read more »
And the Winner Is . . .
It was a stiff competition, but today we chose a winner with the help of random.org. The winner is commenter number two, or Serin! Congrats, Serin! I’ll make sure those covers find their way to you. To those of you that visited, but didn’t comment, please don’t be shy in the future! We’d love to… Read more »
Earth Day Giveaway!
Happy Earth Day! You may have caught onto the vibe that we have a few hippie tendencies. What can we say, we’re soft on the outside, but crunchy on the inside. In honor of Earth Day I’d like to share some of our favorite ways to “go green” in the kitchen.
Golden Oreos With Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
We were recently lucky enough to be singled out by a fun little virus that sent several in our family reeling through all the symptoms treatable by Pepto Bismol. Suffice it to say, food didn’t really sound good for awhile. As we’ve slowly returned to normal life and regained our appetites, these cookies were one… Read more »
High Altitude Cherry Vanilla Cake
A few years back Noel had an opportunity to work in DC for a month. His company was sending employees back East for a month at a time and we lucked out to get the rotation during the peak of cherry blossom season. During the day, our young son and I explored the museums and… Read more »
Bell Pepper Salsa
Today is the official first day of spring and even though the weather forecast hasn’t seemed to take notice and is predicting snow this weekend, it makes me happy that some sort of authoritative entity has officially declared winter over. (My heart has been declaring the same thing for weeks now, but I apparently have less… Read more »