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Taste Test: Trail Hummus

Curried Chickpeas with Spinach and Tomatoes

Adapted from Bon Appetit We recently moved to Seattle to continue our outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest.  In the past, B and I have usually gone alone on most of our backpacking trips, but since joining the Mountaineers, it has become apparent that we will have

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

These pumpkin seeds are vegan and gluten free, and make a nice change from the regular peanuts, almonds and cashews in traditional trail mixes. Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Makes 2 cups 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp olive oil Juice from 1/2 a lime 1/4

Almond Coconut Stuffed Dates

If you’re getting tired of energy bars, try these Almond Coconut Stuffed Dates.  We combined almond butter, toasted shredded coconut, and dates to make a high energy trail snack.  The fat from the almond butter and coconut provide long lasting energy and the dates provide the natural

Taste Test: Smoked Three Bean Chili

On short, last minute trips, when we don’t have time to cook up a batch of our favorite recipes, I like to test out the current backpacking brands on the market.  I saw Good-To-Go featured at the Outdoor Retailer Convention, and thought their recipes looked good.  They

Chicken Paprika

One of my friends is Polish American.  Her favorite comfort food is Chicken Paprika aka Paprikash.  My family is both German and Polish, and I have unhappy memories of boiled cabbage and kielbasa growing up as a kid.  My family never made Chicken Paprika, and that is

Dutch Oven Baked Bread

Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, this bread is a great addition to your campfire meal. If you are car camping, bring your dutch oven along, and surprise your campmates. I baked this bread for the first time on a trip to Lassen Volcanic National

Thai Red Curry with Rice

Spicy curry paste, savory coconut milk, and chunks of chicken make this a perfect dinner for a cool Fall evening in the backcountry. Back in April, Brook and I both decided to try the Whole 30 challenge.  For a month, we cut out all sugar, dairy, grains,

Strawberry Vanilla Almonds

I developed this recipe around the holidays last year.  I wanted to make homemade gifts for people, instead of just buying a lot of things people may or may not like.  I know my friends and family well enough to know they always like food. I also

Bacon and Cheese Grits

Grits, cheese, bacon and fried shallots make for a warm, savory breakfast for a cold mountain morning. Bacon and Cheese Grits Serves 2 2 packets instant grits 1 tsp butter powder 2 tsp onion flakes 1 tsp garlic flakes 2 Tbsp bacon crumbles 2 Tbsp freeze dried