January Mountain Moments 2020

January Mountain Moments 2020

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Today I’m sharing our January Mountain Moments. When I started this blog in 2013, it was a form of diary to document what we did and most importantly what we ate. Sometimes I get so caught up in sharing our delicious food, I forget about all the stuff in between.

So here’s a little recap of what happened the month of January in and outside of our mountain kitchen. #MountainLife

me in the snow

In Need of A Snow Day

I keep hearing people talk about how LONGGGGGGG January is. I guess it’s because they don’t like the cold weather. However, I feel like January has flown by! I guess that is because I am in desperate need of a snow day. One of those days when it snows heavy enough to keep both David and I home safe on the mountain, where we can enjoy naps, soup, snow cream, and a nice warm fire.

It snowed earlier in January, but we were already at work and it stopped by the time we got back to the mountain. I’m so glad it was still daylight when we got home. The snow-covered mountain was absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad we live in a place where we can experience all four seasons.

Are you a snow lover?


Brined Smoked Pork Shoulder

brined smoked pork shoulder


I’m making the recipe again! This time I have some fennel some I’m going to try adding some of that. Wish me luck!

Amy (Comment & 5-Star rating on  Mushroom Goat Cheese Farfalle {A Meatless Monday Recipe)

“I made this last night for my extended family. It was a hit!!! I used a whole rotisserie chicken as that’s what I had on hand. It was amazing:)”

Betsy (Comment & 5-Star rating on Chicken Enchilada Chili

“I appreciate so much the recipes. I love to cook and have learned to try your spice recipes. I love them. I just bought a smoker and have started making each of your spices,and labeled the dates to each. I also have bought a mortis and pestle too. I love your cancer story. I lost my son to colon cancer at 22 years old. He was my only son. With being deeply sadden over our loss I found giving to Saint Jude, and cooking I am trying to keep busy. I am a nurturer . I have a passion for cooking. I have bought spice books to learn the history and origins. I make extracts of every kind. Just made lemon extract.

I wanted to thank you so much for your web site. You have given your blessing to me and I thank you and your wonderful husband for that. I live in Sanford North Carolina. We live to enjoy the blessing of our lord.”

Hans (Comment on  He Calls Me “The Blonde Italian”)


Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Tenderloin on plate with mountain view

5 Steps to Amazing Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Lean, moist, and incredibly succulent, Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Tenderloin is seasoned with a blend of sweet, warm, savory spices, and smothered in BBQ sauce.

Immunity soup is brimming to the top of the bowl with nutrients and antioxidants that will help boost your immune system while keeping you healthy and warm this winter. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Immunity Soup {Soup For What Ails Ya

Immunity soup is brimming to the top of the bowl with nutrients and antioxidants that will help boost your immune system while keeping you healthy and warm this winter.


This is not confirmed, but it is with great sadness I report that José has gone to Jalapeño Heaven. José has been featured on this blog for the past 5 years. We can only hope that there is life somewhere down in there, but I’m afraid it just doesn’t look good for poor José … 😢


That’s all of the January Mountain Moments. See ya next month with more moments from the mountain.

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