I don’t know quite how to say this without creating enemies so I’m just going to come right out with it – I’ve never really liked pumpkin before! There, I said it and I’m probably the only one who doesn’t go off the pumpkin deep end every year – well until this year that is!
Poor pumpkin, it’s not really it’s fault that’s it’s not the preferred dessert! Every Thanksgiving as first the apple, then cherry and pecan pies are devoured, the lonely pumpkin sits by itself, and only gets eaten last when there are no other options left!
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park is definitely awe inspiring – the water literally roars as it crashes over the cliffs into the canyon below! There are a couple of vantage points to view this canyon, and each one offers a unique view. We did the trails on both sides of the canyon, and we really enjoyed both. When we got home, we realized we missed the usual view that everyone photographs from Artist’s Point, (next time I guess)!
I’ve fallen hard for eggplants this year – Japanese eggplants to be precise! I’ve always been so so about them in the past – it was a ‘take them or leave them’ sort of thing, but all that’s changed now! The texture of the Japanese variety is so much creamier than the regular globe eggplants – they’re longer and thinner in shape, (see the picture below) so pick some up the next time you see them, you won’t regret it!
You probably know by now that I’m all about simplicity, and never more so than in the summer! When produce is at it’s peak, it tastes amazing all by itself, so I’ve been guilty of eating tomatoes plain right off the vine all summer long. But… last weekend we went to this phenomenal Italian restaurant in Calgary (it’s called Mercato if you’re in the area), and they had semi-dried tomatoes in several dishes. If you haven’t had semi-dried tomatoes yet, well… they’re the best thing since sun-dried tomatoes – wait… they’re even better!
I finally found a gluten free pasta that doesn’t leave me longing for the days when I could eat anything I wanted! It’s as close to the real thing as I’ve ever had, and I couldn’t be more excited! I almost gave up entirely on trying anymore gluten free pasta because there are so many bad ones. You know what I mean right? Crumbly with a gritty mouthfeel and a weird taste is not what I had in mind for dinner! Overall I’d rather have spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles any day, (and that’s really saying something given my love of all things bread and pasta)!
I’ve always had an interest in where my food comes from, and I think it comes from having a garden my whole life! Everywhere we lived when I was a kid, my parents put in a garden even if it was just a small patch. Once you’ve had fresh garden produce, it’s hard to go back – nothing tastes as good as a vine ripe tomato still warm from the sun!
Every time the temperature shoots through the roof, I find myself making a frosty! Last summer I was all about this Strawberry Watermelon creation, but this year I can’t get enough blueberries, (and now local huckleberries). This version is easier to make for year round enjoyment because it’s made with frozen berries, (whereas watermelon in January just isn’t quite right)!
Ptamigan Tunnel has a lot going on for just one hike – you have lakes, mountain views, a glacier, and a 250′ tunnel! This hike is located in the Many Glacier region of Glacier National Park, and it’s one of the most popular hikes. It shares the same trailhead as Iceberg Lake for about 2.5 miles before branching off, and can be combined with Iceberg for a roundtrip of 15 miles, (it’s only 10.7 miles on it’s own).
This is what happens when our local Flathead cherries come into season! I’ve been getting 4 pounds of local cherries every week at Farmer’s Market for the last 3 weeks in a row! It’s not really that many cherries when you split them between 2 people, but I ate 2 pounds by myself yesterday so it it sure looks like someone else is getting the short end of this deal!
It never occurred to me to share this recipe with you before, I suppose it’s because 2 ingredients hardly seems like a recipe! However, I find myself making this almost every week, and it’s just too good not to share. I’ve had so many people tell me they don’t have time to make their own salad dressing, but you can make this in 2 minutes or less, and it tastes fabulous! After all, it’s not every night you have time for a full-blown Homemade Ranch or Caesar dressing!
My favorite ice cream is vanilla, people tell me this is a boring choice – but, I mean… it goes with everything! It’s not that I don’t love cookies ‘n’ cream, salted caramel, raspberry sherbet – you name it – I’m eating it (ice cream love runs in our family genes)! But vanilla really has my heart with it’s simple perfection, it simply never gets old. That being said, there’s plenty of vanilla ice cream out there I’d rather not eat, you know the kind with the weird fake vanilla flavor? This ice cream is another story all together, it’s made with a whole vanilla bean, and it’s the best vanilla I’ve ever had!
It never surprises me to hear Iceberg Lake is someone’s favorite hike because it is one of the most stunning hikes in Glacier National Park! The glacial colored lake sits in an enormous mountain cirque – it’s so big you almost can’t capture it. The above shot was taken from a little way above the lake, just so I could get most of it in, (it’s also a great place to stop for lunch).
Next to pizza, Banh Mi are my ultimate weakness (I’ve been know to eat 2-3 of these Vietnamese subs in a single day)! Specifically Sate Chicken Banh Mi, and my order is always the same – I’m all for branching out, but you just don’t mess with perfection! There is a single sandwich of course that is the source of constant day dreams (if you’re in downtown Chinatown, Calgary check out Thi Thi Vietnamese Subs for the sandwich of your life)! Since I’m living over 5 hours away from said sandwich, it was time for an at home version.
Once in a while we find a favorite that we’re both absolutely crazy about! It started with some store bought Peanut Butter Cookie bars for our backpacks. I always like to keep healthy packaged food along for emergency rations when we’re in the mountains. Anyways… it wasn’t really an emergency but I was super hungry so I cracked into one, and it really does takes like a peanut butter cookie (and sweet/salty flavors are really addicting when you’re hiking).
We’re breaking all the rules today… you see, I really don’t like my Caesar Salad messed with – I’m hooked on the classic! But, every once in a while we mix it up to walk on the “wild side” – don’t think you’ll catch me adding weird things to my Caesar too often though!