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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  • 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 »

  • Best Breadsticks and a Blogoversary

    I know that a food blog celebrating an anniversary without cake is blasphemy, but hear me out. This blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for these breadsticks. These breadsticks are one of the first things I remember baking with my mom. They are the breadsticks I made during college and were collectively snarfed by my… Read more »

  • Slow Cooker Pork Posole

    I’ve spent way too long scouring the Internet trying to figure out exactly what kind of perversion of an authentic Mexican stew we have created here. I don’t really have a straight answer for you. My best guess is that it’s a version of something like a New Mexican posole stew that’s been grabbed by… Read more »