Author: Mark Hinds

High Above the Clouds at Haleakalā National Park

The view from Haleakalā is the type of view that inspires people to travel across the globe, to stand at the summit, to look out, and to try and make sense of the immensity in front of them. As amazing as the view from the top of Haleakalā is the real magic is inside the valley.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Herbs

Grilled pork tenderloin with fresh herbs is a simple, elegant dish. The fresh flavors from the rosemary and thyme are the perfect compliment to the pork that gets even better after the grill has added a little char.

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Wild Rice with Butternut Squash and Dried Cherries

Wild rice with butternut squash and dried cherries is a delicious dish that brings the flavors of fall to life. This recipe combines wild rice’s earthy nuttiness with butternut squash’s creamy texture and cherries’ bright sweetness.

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Pinto Beans with Chilies

Pinto beans cooked with dried chilies have a deep, rich southwestern flavor. This pinto bean recipe uses ancho chilies and a pasilla pepper to create a healthy and delicious dish.

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Big Ginger Cocktail

The Big Ginger is a delicious cocktail that combines a good, crisp Irish whiskey with the refreshing taste of ginger ale. To lighten the drink up and add some citrus notes a lemon and lime wedge are invited along.

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Smoked Chicken

Slowly smoked chicken legs have a rich smokey flavor and warm buttery texture that melts in your mouth.

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Hanging Out on the Edge of the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minnesota

Sometimes it feels like Ely’s purpose in life is to make people less afraid of the woods. Nestled on the edge of Superior National Forest, Ely is home to two internationally recognized wildlife centers, the Root Beer Lady Museum, and has more places to hike, bike, and paddle than you can cover in a lifetime.

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Grilled Asparagus

To make delicious grilled asparagus all you need is a little olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and garlic. This recipe uses the grill to add a little char that highlights the asparagus’ natural flavors.

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Chasing a Partly Cloudy Eclipse Across America

Standing in the middle of Nebraska, looking at the sun through a blanket of clouds, all I could think about is how no one ever tells you what it’s like to sort of see a total eclipse. To have a once in a lifetime experience that’s only pretty good.

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Sous Vide Roast Beef

If you like tender, juicy roast beef try cooking your next roast sous vide. This sous vide roast beef recipe makes a fantastic roast whether you’re serving the whole thing for dinner or just want a delicious way to make roast beef sandwiches.

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Bees Knees Cocktail

The Bees Knees is a traditional summer cocktail recipe made with gin, lemon juice, and a honey simple syrup that lives up to its name with warm honey flavors and a beautiful golden color.

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Grilled Cauliflower

The spices in this grilled cauliflower recipe have a Moroccan vibe that creates a delicious dish with a touch of heat that makes the cauliflower taste like it’s from somewhere exotic.

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Where to Go and How to Watch This Year’s Solar Eclipse

On August 21st the first transcontinental total solar eclipse in 99 years will cast a shadow across fourteen states. For most people seeing a total solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring, once in lifetime opportunity, which is why we’ve put together a guide for where to go and how to watch the 2017 solar eclipse.

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Pulled Pork

To make great pulled pork all you have to do is use the right spices and take the time to slow roast the pork. One secret in this pulled pork recipe is setting aside some of the spice rub to add in after the pork has been shredded.

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is a great addition to any Mexican or southwestern dish. The fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and pepper are an easy way to brighten up tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.

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Buffalo Burgers

Ground buffalo (bison) is a great choice for delicious burgers. The lean meat and rich flavors create burgers with some extra zip that helps them stand out from regular burgers.

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Blueberry and Honey Smoothie

Blueberry and Honey Smoothies are a delicious pick me up. This blueberry smoothie recipe is packed with sweet blueberry and honey flavors that are the perfect companion for the thick Greek yogurt.

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Classic American Tacos

This taco recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods. We regularly make up a batch of taco meat and keep it in the fridge for quick lunches and dinners.

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Taco Meat

This versatile taco meat recipe is simple to make and can be used in tacos, burritos, nachos, and enchiladas.

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Ancho Chili Rubbed Chicken

Making ancho chili rubbed chicken on the grill brings its southwest flavors alive with crispy skin and a sweet tangy BBQ sauce that make this chicken truly finger lickin’ good.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a staple ingredient in many cocktail recipes and is worth keeping on hand if you like mixing cocktails at home.

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Better Than Sex Cake

Better than Sex Cake is a sinful dessert with questionable intentions that gets to know you with a little devil’s food cake, pours on the caramel, and finishes everything off with a little whip cream.

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Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie

These strawberry raspberry smoothies use strawberries, raspberries, and greek yogurt to create thick, delicious smoothies to get you started the morning.

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Persimmon Pudding

With its warm fall flavors, a hint of cinnamon, and creamy texture this persimmon pudding recipe is a delicious dessert everyone should try.

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Killer White Rice

This white rice recipe has a couple of twists to create killer white rice with great flavor and texture that keeps your rice from being boring and bland.

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