Paws Up

July 9, 2011

One doesn’t often combine the words luxury and camping into one sentence, but that’s exactly what you get from Paws Up, a ranch resort about 30 miles outside Missoula. Stopping through for an evening, I was treated with impeccable service from the strawberry lemonade upon arrival through my next morning’s breakfast wrap with fresh produce. These chefs have the fine rustic cuisine down to perfection as they prepared some of their specialty dishes including Elk Loin and Quail Breast.

Aside from the dining, the resort offers anything you could possibly imagine to make your Montana holiday fulfilling. Due to my time constraints, I didn’t participate in their endless list of activities, but I certainly wouldn’t hesitate venturing back for another visit. Who could complain about waking up in an outdoor luxury tent, followed by a hot air balloon ride at sunrise and an afternoon horseback riding in the mountains? And of course you can’t forget ending your evening with their infamous rustic ranch cuisine.

Seared Quail Breast, Huckleberry Bread Pudding, Roasted Baby Turnip, Sautéed Spinach, Pan Jus

The dining room at Pomp

Pan Seared Ono, Cauliflower Salad, Fava Leaves, Baby Squash, Mint Oil

The terrace at Pomp

Iron Seared Elk Loin, Fregola-Mushroom Stew, Baby Fennel, Asparagus, Black Currant Puree

Outdoor dining and camp fire pit

Moulard Duck Breast, Potato Croquette, Orange Braised Fennel, Asparagus

Huckletini; 44 North Huckleberry Vodka, Huckleberry Syrup, Turbinado Sugar Rim

Homemade infused liquors

Village Entrance

Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride

Montana Breakfast Wrap, Scrambled Eggs, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Bacon, Peperzella Cheese

Sunrise Scrambler, Ham, Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Potato Croquette, Brewer's Grain Toast

Breakfast at Tank & Trough

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Babcock & Miles

July 6, 2011

Tucked around the corner from Red Lodge’s Main Street, Babcock & Miles is a quaint specialty food shop that boasts fine wines, herbs and pastas to contribute excellent flavor to any gathering or dinner party. I could have very easily spent all afternoon sitting on their front patio soaking up the sun. A perfect place for souvenir shopping, I picked up dried basil and hibiscus flowers for a true taste of Montana luxury to share with friends back in New York. I’ve been looking up fun recipes to make summer cocktails and desserts with the dried hibiscus, so will be sure to share what we come up with soon!

Dried organic basil

 

Storefront

 

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2011

I could not think of a better way to celebrate the American holiday weekend than an outdoor breakfast at East Rosebud Lake in the middle of Montana’s wilderness. An hour of dirt roads finally opened up to a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and we popped up the grill for pancakes with berries, bacon and coffee. I couldn’t resist including some of my other Fourth of July shots from this weekend. Quite possibly one of the most patriotic small towns I’ve been too, these folk in Red Lodge know how to celebrate America with their famous 3 day rodeo and parade. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

Blueberry, strawberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes from the grill

Fresh fruit

 

Cooking the bacon

 

Red Lodge Fourth of July Parade

 

Red Lodge Rodeo and parade

I’m escaping the city for a much needed week of fresh country air with family out in the mountains. I can’t wait to share the amazing rustic ranch cuisines and small town local dishes that I’ve heard so much about. Be back soon! x

Roasted Peanuts & Apples