I love the Rockies and spend as much time up in the mountains as I can. I especially love cooking outdoors. I especially enjoying the dutch oven. Nothing tastes better than just about anything that's been cooking in the dutch oven all day. We also grill year round.

Navajo Tacos

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
A traditional Indian fry bread topped with chili style meat/bean mixture and taco type toppings. A family favorite.

Redneck Tacos

I saw this done on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and thought it looked delicious so I decided I had to figure out how to do a quick, easy version myself - this is it. I made Corn Fritters to go with them.

Ham & Bean Soup

This is a slightly modified version of the soup my mom always made with leftover ham. She always cooked her own beans but I use canned beans instead. IMO, it's just as good and soooooo much easier.

Sauteed Spinach

I came up with this recipe after having sauteed spinach at a restaurant. I found that I love it when the spinach is lightly cooked.

White Gravy

I came up with this when I needed some gravy to go with fried chicken I bought from the store. I was worried it would be bland without any drippings to use in it but this turned out really delicious. I use it all the time now.

Savory Yams

Something that I created after I discovered how much I love yams without brown sugar. Now we have them a few times a month and not just at Thanksgiving.

Mexican Lasagna

A tasty combo of meat, black beans and corn layered with sour cream/cottage cheese, corn chips and cheddar cheese. It's a favorite of my husband and it's a quickie fix (but don't tell him that).

Dutch Oven Potatoes

Most of the time I make this in my cast iron Dutch oven over coals but my less outdoorsy sister makes it in a roasting pan in the oven. It's a pretty big recipe but easily cut in half or less - amounts are not exact as I don't measure anything.

Wonton Salad

A delicious salad that can be adjusted to the ingredients you like. Add some cooked/canned chicken if you choose. The dressing is tasty and sweet. The fried wontons add a wonderful crunch.

Harvey Ham Sandwiches

Rating: 4.5 stars 138
This is the sort of thing you prepare a day or so in advance so that when you serve it you don't really have to do much of anything at all. Great for times when people will be in and out, eating irregularly all day.