Brussels Sprouts Crostini

Brussels Sprouts Crostini

We are asked about how to take fresh ingredients into the backcountry constantly. We have a list of go-to tough veggies that we usually recommend, but Brussels sprouts, though hardy, are not on it. Except for around Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Bourbon Compote

Bourbon Cranberry Compote

Happy Thanksgiving week! We are enjoying watching the focus of this holiday weekend shift from retail therapy to wilderness therapy with the establishment of REI’s #OptOutside campaign taking deeper hold each year.

Italian Orzo Soup

Italian Orzo Soup

My friend from Florida called me recently and said “I’m being transferred to Southern California- somewhere between San Diego and Fresno. Where should I live?” I laughed and told him to be my neighbor, knowing that he would surely be transferred far away. But then he called back and said his job was 10 minutes […]

Mushroom French Dips

Mushroom French Dip Featured

At REI, where I work, we wear name tags with our favorite outdoor place listed on them. Mine says “Joshua Tree National Park.” For the past ten years, I have spent the majority of my days off in the park camping, climbing, hiking, and meditating. There is a quiet there that I haven’t experienced in […]

Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread

Dutch Oven Sourdough

Ok, this is an involved recipe. You have to get a starter, and keep it alive for a while. Then you have to plan about 2 days of your life to be available for building your bread dough, and then you have to bake it in your dutch oven. But it is worth it, and […]