Andrew and I spent Christmas and New Year’s in a rustic cabin in the Quetico, an Ontario provincial park that sits just above Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. Combined, the two parks have thousands of kilometers of wilderness lakes that people canoe, mostly in the summer. Our goals for the trip were to find solitude, relax, write music […]

Our local farmers have provided me and Andy with some incredible ingredients to cook with this fall. Here are a couple of the most memorable things we prepared from Michigan ingredients! Mama of Spelt Pasta Fresh Emmer Wheat Noodles We purchased these at a farmer’s market in Sutton’s Bay, MI. (Emmer is an old world […]

Andy and I camped at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area on our way through Utah yesterday. Our campsite was 30 feet away from a 1300 foot drop off overlooking the red rock canyon walls with the Green River below. Although Ed Abbey would probably want to take down the dam that make this reservoir […]

Andy and I took a three night mind clearing trip to Canada’s Lake Superior Provincial Park, located two hours north of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Day 1: When we arrived the lake was like absolute glass! Barely any movement at the shoreline. Sunny. 70 degrees during the day…50 at night. Day 2:  The guy at […]

I read something in Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle this 4th of July weekend that floored me! It was a blurb in the book about how we put almost as much fuel into our refrigerators as we do our cars. She said, “If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) […]

Good Food When We Needed It… Our canvas bag pantry in the trunk was filling up with some gourmet odds and ends from all of the meals we cooked for my family and friends along the way, so we decided to stop in the middle of nowhere (Floodwood, Minnesota) after an especially cranky couple of […]

Fresh Food at Last We walked into the Moab Brewery at 11:30am today at the guy at the bar walked up with 20 ounce pours, “pounders are the same price as pints on Sunday,  it is our way of celebrating the Sabbath,” he said.  “Are we in Utah” I thought? We were further convinced by […]

This is one of the most famous places in Canyonlands, an amazing high altitude plains-like area that is surrounded by a castle fortress of eroding rocks. We had fun capturing it at sunset and then making a fantastic dinner. Supreme Backpacking Pasta 6 oz Udon 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 shallot, minced 1 TBS ginger, […]