Friday, July 27, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

  1. 4-5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  2. 4 Tbls. butter
  3. 1/4 C. milk
  4. 1 Tbls. finely chopped onion
  5. 1/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 4-5 carrots, peeled & chopped
  8. 1 - 10oz. frozen box of baby peas, warmed
  9. 1 Tbls. olive oil
  10. 1/2 large onion, chopped
  11. 1 lb. lean ground beef
  12. 2 Tbls. all-purpose flour
  13. 1 packet brown gravy mix
  14. 1/8 C. worcestershire sauce
  15. 1 C. water                   
  16. 1 Tbls. ketchup
  17. 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and onion and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, milk and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add water, gravy mix, worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Spread the ground beef in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next, spread a layer of peas and carrots. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Nambe Lake Hike

Needing a break from school work, Leo and I went for a hike up to Nambe Lake today. Nambe Lake is an alpine lake that sits in a glacial crater located at 11,400’ elevation in the Santa Fe National Forest and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The total round trip for us today was around 6 miles; Leo was pretty crazy for all of about 5 miles then finally pooped out on the last mile back. The total climbing for the round trip hike is approximately 2,275 vertical feet, with the entire hike being above 10,000 feet. I posted a bunch of photos and a couple videos below, enjoy!