Monday, August 30, 2010

Recipe #60: Boulder River

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An end-of-the-summer family trip to the Boulder River required an easy, but tasty, tag-along dish. Quiche? Well, not necessarily a common camping meal. But accompanying the smorgasborg of food we munched on all weekend, it worked out pretty well! Dining among these tranquil surroundings made it taste even better I'm sure... I LOVE this area!! Its where my childhood cockerspaniel pup Buffy quickly learned to swim after becoming green in a cowpie. Where I so persistently attempted to ride the rancher's horse that had wandered into camp when I was a wee lil lass. And there was the unexpected time my mom & I were chased from the nest of a very protective Mama Robin! My family's been coming to this private ranch on the river since before I was born. The solitude, sounds of the Boulder; its so relaxing. Aaahhhh. Love it, love it, love it. We took Travis' mom here last year and she enjoyed sitting around the campfire, under the stars. And about 3 years ago my father taught me to fly fish here. A true testament to how patient he really is! I had spent HOURS casting & casting & casting that day. Until finally, a teeny tiny fish grabbed my fly. Travis loves this area too. He, along with my dad & Uncle Don, walk looooooong treks down the river to find the best fishing holes. Meanwhile, my mother & I are usually successful right along the river at camp! And by the way, during this particular trip, Travis had the brilliant idea of arriving in our full Mountain Man attire. Haha! Ma & Pa really got a kick out of that!
I also tried out a scrumptious macaroni salad my college roommate Katherine suggested. It is so good, I must share the recipe (click here to see it).
~Rating of Four-Cheese Quiche: 6 stars (out of 10). Ma thought the quiche was kind of bland. I agree.
~Quote of the day: "I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love." -John Steinbeck.
~Music while cooking: Buckcherry's 15, Fergie's The Dutchess, & Chris LeDoux's Greatest Hits.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Recipe #59: summer lovin'

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Is there such a thing as too much chocolate? Not in my world! In celebrating our favorite team (Vikings) announcing the return of our favorite quarterback (Brett Favre), we dug out our chocolate fountain for a tasty mid-week treat. I had quite a sweet craving going on, especially after sampling some incredible strawberry kabobs we shared with friends at the fair (oh yes, love that greasy fair food!). We put our Viking jerseys on & excitedly talked about the upcoming action-packed football season over a bottle of Choco Vine (dutch chocolate mixed with red wine). And dipped some strawberries, bananas, pretzels, & the cookbook's Lemon Pound Cake With Lemon Verbena in a rich chocolate sauce with sprinkles. Pure G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S.
And in other news, we tried to sample a Chico recommendation on our way to last week's fab John Mellencamp & Bob Dylan concert (first ever concert at the new Dehler Ballpark- great location). But after several failed attempts, we were finally told the Headstrong Pale Ale is no longer distributed in Billings. So we've crossed that microbrew suggestion off our list. I checked the book's copyright date. Apparently 2003 is already a bit dated? (Funny, that's the year Travis & I met!)
~Rating of Lemon Pound Cake With Lemon Verbena: 7 stars (out of 10)
~Quote of the day: "The people you want most are right in front of you. The people you need the most are beside you. And the people you love the most are holding your hand" -Unknown.
~Music while cooking: The Very Best of Deee-Lite, & Buckcherry's 15.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Recipe #58: backyard campfire

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Here's a Chico recipe we didn't care for! Even though making it was fun; Travis donned his rendezvous hat and I wore my prairie bonnett to put us in a Wild West mood while cooking in our backyard. This side dish was intended to accompany the Dutch Oven meal we made over the fire, but it just didn't tickle our tastebuds. Cabbage & Jicama Slaw = yucky. Wrangler Pie = yummy! If you do own a Dutch Oven, you will definately enjoy this recipe we got out of The Log Cabin Dutch Oven Cookbook:
Wrangler Pie
Brown 2 lb hamburger with 1 diced onion, drain off fat. Add 2 c. string beans & 2 c. cream of mushroom soup. Spread mashed potatoes (10 potatoes) on top. Sprinkle cheese over potatoes & cook for 10 more minutes until cheese is melted. This can be done in a 12" dutch oven.
~Rating of Cabbage & Jicama Slaw: 2 stars (out of 10)
~Quote of the day: "Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Letuuce pray." -Author Unknown.
~Music while cooking: Buckcherry's 15.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Recipe #57: mountain man rendezvous part deux

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With a lot on today's agenda, we worked around Travis' job & a quick photo shoot (where we became an old-time photo for our friends' daughter's upcoming treasure hunting party) to make the cookbook's Chilled Herb-Roasted Chicken for this week's lunches. Light, tasty, & easy. I sampled some while making tomorrow's sandwiches. The highlight of this action-packed afternoon was a trip back up to the Mountain Man Rendezvous where Travis received a 1st place finish in the black powder shoot AND won a raffle prize (he got a rum measurer & a fantastic spear). From this, he received a new camp nickname; Lucky. Combined with last week's nickname (they called us Mr. & Mrs. Bacon for Travis' hunting skills bringing home the bacon & me frying it up), we now call him LUCKY BACON! Ha, I love it! My parents joined us in the events and it was fun to introduce them to our new mountain man friends as we shopped along Traders Row. Afterwards, Travis & I headed to one of my favorite places to eat, The Red Box Car in Red Lodge, where we again received strange looks for our Little House On The Prairie attire! We ate our buffalo burgers on a shady picnic table along Rock Creek, and it made me wish the weekend didn't have to end... I guess I have the Chilled Herb-Roasted Chicken Sandwiches to look forward to... Mondays just show up way too fast!!
~Rating of Chilled Herb-Roasted Chicken: 7.5 stars (out of 10)
~Quote of the day: "Laughter is an instant vacation." -Milton Berle
~Music while cooking: Jackyl's When Moonshine & Dynamite Collide

Recipe #56: organic day

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Finally made it to Farmer's Market! I loaded up on fresh produce, visited with friends, then continued shopping at Good Earth Market. A great Saturday morning! With the magic of my wand and a twitch from my nose, I turned the au naturale ingredients into a scrumptious Berry Cobbler! Mostly used blueberries, but threw in some blackberries as well. This is something I will most definately make again; it is that good. I took it to a BBQ/Bday party at the Caseys, and watched it get gobbled up really quick! Good thing a piece was saved for Travis cause he absolutely loved it after his long horseback ride into the Beartooth Mountains. (He & some buddies did a benefit ride they had auctioned off at a fundraiser awhile back.) His pictures turned out gorgeous! I was entertained by the tales he told while devouring the cobbler. One of which was a fish caught at Keyser Brown Lake that had a tail sticking out of its mouth. Upon close examination, it was confirmed the fish had swallowed a mouse!
~Rating of Berry Cobbler: 8.5 stars (out of 10)
~Quote of the day: "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." -John Wayne.
~Music while cooking: Jackyl's When Moonshine & Dynamite Collide.