Winter Treat : Loco Moco

“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.“ ― Paul Theroux This summer, Alana Kysar published “Aloha Kitchen.” If you didn’t hear, it was a hit! This awesome cookbook sheds light on the under-appreciated and totally unique cuisine of the Hawaiian islands. Susie, my mother-in-law and kitchen book guru, gifted me…

Homemade Elk "Jim Spud"

“Pray for peace and grace and spiritual food, For wisdom and guidance, for all these are good, but don’t forget the potatoes.” ― John Tyler Pettee, ‘Prayer and Potatoes’ As I head into the holiday week, and the busiest time of year, I tend to crave the cozy and comforting dishes quintessential to the winter…

Idaho Lamb Meatballs with Raisin Pesto

“A good shepherd feeds his sheep first, even when he himself is hungry.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo One of the kookiest weekends of the year just came and went here in the Wood River Valley – the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Since the 1860’s our little valley has a long and proud heritage of raising sheep…

Traeger Halibut Baja Tacos

“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ― Tom Robbins Peter and I celebrated our First Wedding Anniversary! We can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by. I guess time flies when you…

Traeger Smoked Idaho Kobe Bavette

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” ― Anthony Bourdain I have never been to the South, but my gosh I feel like Southern food holds a steadfast place in my heart. When the Traeger arrived at our house, the very first thing I wanted to cook was classic Beef…

Traeger Smoked Chilean Sea Bass

“Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter and in wine.” ― Polish Proverb Peter and I finally have an outdoor cooking device! Ever since we’ve moved in together, neither of us have owned a grill. In the summer we set up the portable camp grill (the one with the mini green…

Cold Rice Noodles with Pork and Cucumbers

“When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles… …they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle.” ― Dr. Suess Sometimes I want dinner to be cold. I found this recipe from the New York Times Cooking website…

Summer Rock-Shrimp Rolls

“ I’m going to lean right back up against you and you’ll right back up against me that way we don’t have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we’re a good partnership? Because we’d be watching out for each other, like brothers and stuff. There’s something I’ve been thinking about, I…

Elk Meat Taco Salad

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James What is a filling dish that is quick, easy, & flavorful without too much time standing over the stovetop? This summertime hit: Taco Salad. After a morning of mountain biking, hiking, or simply gardening…

Summer Elk Burger

“There is no real need for decorations when throwing a barbecue party – let the summer garden, in all its vibrant and luscious splendor, speak for itself.” ― Pippa Middleton This past month I submitted my elk tag application for fall 2019. As I reviewed the new regulations, harvest stats, and maps of the game unit…