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warming up for more snow

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Recipe: potato masala

It’s been sunny, hot (in the 60s), and windy on the Front Range these past few days. People rejoice when the weather warms up around here, but in February it makes me cringe. I just imagine what all that warm wind and sun is doing to our snowpack. Then we head out for a trail run and it’s a slushfest of sorts. Yeeesh. But the good news is that more snow is on the way. In fact, it’s snowing outside our front door right now. Even if you are a winter hater, you must admit it can be quite beautiful. I finally took the time to do some shooting while ski touring in Crested Butte a couple of weeks ago. It was just too pretty not to…


aspen trunks

beautiful mature aspens and growing conifers

hillslopes as a squall approaches



I invest a good bit of time reading weather forecasts throughout the year as it informs my decisions on outdoor activities including my photography and foraging. In summer, it’s mainly about heat waves, thunderstorms, and cold fronts. In winter it’s ALL about the powder. (Actually, we follow the weather closely to track avalanche risk too.) When I know a big dump snow day is coming, I load up on work ahead of time so I can catch some fresh tracks when possible. I also plan our menu accordingly. We had a rather snowy first half of February in Colorado, so we filled up on stews, curries, soups, and other things that warm your belly after dropping into powder stashes up to your hips. One dish that is utterly satisfying after a day in the snow is potato masala (aloo masala).

vegetable oil, tomato, onion, potatoes, serrano pepper, ginger, curry leaves, cilantro, turmeric, salt, asafoetida, mustard seeds, cayenne, urad dal

slice the potatoes in half (or quarters)

cook the potatoes in water, turmeric, and salt



**Jump for more butter**

merry buttery christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas to the butterlings who celebrate the holiday! And for the rest, Merry Awesome Day of Skiing and Riding the Slopes Crowd-Free!

- Sending love, joy, and Kaweah kisses your way from all of us at The House of Butter.


wishing you the sweetest


rounding up 2013

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The end of 2013 means it’s time to share our year end photo card! (<- Click the link!)

Happiest of holidays to all of you.


with love from the three of us