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 »

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 . . .

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  • Gnocchi Al Forno with Spinach

    This is my emergency backup dinner. It’s for those nights when you realize at 6:30pm that your planned dinner for the night was supposed to be in the crockpot hours ago and you need to have the kids to bed on time tonight for everyone’s health and safety. Plan A went out the window along with… Read more »

  • Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

    After the whole Red Velvet Cake debacle, I needed to regroup with a recipe that could reintroduce positive cooking vibes into my kitchen. I went back to the archives and decided to throw two tried and true favorites, Golden Oreos with Raspberry Filling and Regular Oreos, together. Not surprisingly, I ended up with something amazing.

  • I’m So Over Red Velvet

    Now that it’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, Red Velvet is taking over the world. I’m not a fan of food dyes and can’t say I fully understand the hype over unnaturally colored baked goods, but I was tempted by the challenge of naturally creating a dessert that could compete in… Read more »

  • Sirpa’s Cheeseball

    I’m going to be straight with you guys. I have never watched a Super Bowl. Not even for the commercials. Generally, the only reason I even know the Super Bowl is coming up is because the grocery ads take a turn from the Greek yogurts and granola bars that herald in the New Year to… Read more »

  • Vermont Steamed Milk

    I’ve always had a bit of an addiction to hot chocolate. It’s long been my solution for everything. Cold outside? I’m going to need some hot chocolate. Sore throat? Cure it with hot chocolate. Cramps? Hot chocolate will make them disappear. Spent the whole day cleaning up puddles of urine? Kick back on the couch… Read more »

  • Seven-Inch Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

    I’ve had this recipe up my sleeve for a few months now and have patiently waited to share until the holidays were over and the healthy New Year’s recipes began to peter out. Cheesecake is my default birthday cake and when I realized my last birthday in my 20’s was on Thanksgiving,  I knew I… Read more »

  • Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

    Generally, I would say I have a bigger vice for savory things than sweet things (as evidenced by the empty can of Maui Onion and Garlic Macadamia Nuts I opened two days ago), but I have a soft spot for ice cream. Especially good ice cream. Our local grocery store, through their data mining predictive… Read more »

  • Italian Style Spaghetti Squash

    Apparently this dish is a metaphor for who we are. The last time we ate it, Noel turned to me, a forkful paused en route to his mouth and said, “This is totally us” as if he’d had an epiphany. “How so?” I asked, intrigued by what deep insight he had to share. “It’s healthy,… Read more »

  • 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 »