Articles written by: Kathy Dieser

If Kathy could create a new job title and get paid to do whatever she wanted, she would be "Professionally in Pursuit of the Good Life" (but try to fit THAT on a business card). She graduated with a degree in Communications from Indiana University in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana in the spring of 2012 and moved to Colorado as soon as possible because no offense to Indiana, but it's a little flat out there. In her free time she can be found practicing her gourmet cooking skills over an open fire, reading in climbing trees, or pretending she's a bear in the Rocky Mountains, hoping she doesn't actually run into a real bear, because that might be a little awkward.

The Backcountry Chef: Savory, Sweet, or Spicy Campfire Popcorn

The Backcountry Chef: Savory, Sweet, or Spicy Campfire Popcorn

 This addicting treat, in any of these provided forms, is going to provide you with a light and strangely satisfying snack—and with ingredients this light, you can afford to bring enough to make seconds. Good for:  Snacking, Appetizer, Groups Time to cook: 10 minutes Serves: 2 people Ingredients: Basic: 1/4 [...]

The Backcountry Chef: Beefy Stir Fry Noodles

The Backcountry Chef: Beefy Stir Fry Noodles

This is a great recipe for those who like a little bit of flavor for dinner, but don’t want to weigh down their pack.  This meal will require a bit of rehydration though…so if you’re out in the backcountry, it would be very helpful to be near a source of [...]

The Backcountry Chef: Fruit-filled Campfire Empanadas

The Backcountry Chef: Fruit-filled Campfire Empanadas

  This is a simple, albeit potentially sticky dessert.  You can tell your other backpacker friends (as they are fawning over your cooking prowess and culinary genius) that you spent hours making the perfect dough for this, when in reality, your labor is practically nothing.  You can thank me later. [...]

The BackCountry Chef:  Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

The BackCountry Chef: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  Even if you aren’t necessarily a morning person, you need energy for exploring if you are in the backcountry.  And with a simple recipe like this, you will be smiling all the way to the summit. Good for:  Hot breakfasts, quick [...]

Biggest Hikes in the US

Biggest Hikes in the US

Humans are the only mammals that walk exclusively on two legs. With this unique bipedal tendency, we can do some awesome things like ski or wear heels. We also have the ability to put everything we need for survival into a pack and trek across the continental United States in [...]

The Backcountry Chef – Beef Casserole a la Campfire

The Backcountry Chef – Beef Casserole a la Campfire

  Sometimes all you need at the end of a long hike is a good meal.  With a little pre prep at home, literally all you have to do is combine ingredients and toss it in the flame.  The hardest part will be getting the fire started.  Please don’t blow [...]

The Backcountry Chef-Cinnamon Apples

The Backcountry Chef-Cinnamon Apples

After a full day of outdoors exertion, I think that you can agree that you probably deserve a little something delicious.  You still want to keep it at least a little healthy though, right?  Well, maybe you don’t WANT to, but you know you should.  Here’s a sweet treat that [...]

The Backcountry Chef-Fire Roasted Stuffed Bell Peppers

The Backcountry Chef-Fire Roasted Stuffed Bell Peppers

Summer means fresh vegetables, especially bell peppers and tomatoes!  This super-simple recipe is going to blow your mind, and probably your friends’ too.  I think that any time you take the effort to stuff something with some kind of filling, the fancy factor gets kicked up at least 100 notches. [...]

Your Summer Bucket List

Your Summer Bucket List

No one wants me to say this, but it is true—summer is going to end.  The good news is:  it isn’t over yet.  You can still wear sandals without people judging you, and the sun is still hot.  You want to make the most of this time, right?  Of course [...]

The Backcountry Chef-Campfire Pita Pizza

The Backcountry Chef-Campfire Pita Pizza

Something almost everyone can agree on is pizza—especially when you get to make your own.  Imagine kicking back at your campsite while the smoky fire smell starts to take on a new scent, that of Italian goodness getting all smoky and melty and oh my god I’m just going to [...]