The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Instant Pot Mediterranean Lamb Stew

So, whether you approach this old school, new school or somewhere in the middle, the cooler days approaching promise to be flavorful.... more

Easy Beef Recipes That Make You Look Like a Pro

Beef really is the perfect meat for anyone who loves cooking (and eating!). The most important thing with beef is that you cook each cut in the way it is supposed to be cooked. ... more

Salmon Panzanella

By KATIE WORKMAN - Pink salmon, bright tomatoes (grab multicolored ones if that’s an option), flecks of purpley onion, pale chunks of toasty bread and a drizzle of bright green basil oil—a virtual rainbow.... more

Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - I owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute-meals.... more

Grilled Provencal Chicken and Peppers

By KATIE WORKMAN- This chicken and pepper dish requires only a handful of ingredients, little skill and a small commitment of time by the fire... more

Baked Muffin Frittatas

By ELIZABETH KARMEL - I recently became obsessed with these little crustless quiches.They’re more frittata but everyone who eats them likens them to quiche.... more

Cheesy Beer Dip with Hot Pretzels

By KATIE WORKMAN - You can imagine the expressions of happiness that will greet you when you plunk down this platter of hot pretzel goodness.... more

Sweet Potato Spoonbread

Spoonbread is a wonderfully old-fashioned dish that should not be relegated to the tables of old-fashioned cooks.... more

How to Marinate Just About Anything

Marinating is a terrific basic kitchen technique. Essentially, you can take any kind of meat, fish or seafood, submerge them in a marinade, and you’ve turned a plain something into a great dinner.... more

Oven-Roasted Salmon with Tangerine and Ginger Relish

Salmon is often roasted in butter, but we wanted a healthier approach that would contrast with the fish’s richness. So we made a bright tangerine relish perked up with spicy ginger.... more

Moroccan Chicken Salad

We were inspired by the flavors of Morocco: apricots, lemon and warm spices By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN for the Flathead Beacon For a creative chicken salad, we were inspired by the flavors of Morocco: apricots... more

Mexican Street Corn

In Mexico, vendors sell this messy, cheesy, utterly delicious grilled corn from carts.... more

Breakfast Tacos With Bacon

By AMERICA'S KITCHEN - When making these delicious breakfast tacos, there are two ways to cook bacon.... more

Spaghetti with Lemon and Pine Nuts

This is endlessly adaptable, depending on what you have in your pantry.... more

Garlic Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

We started by infusing our chicken broth with a megadose of garlic, before adding tender morsels of chicken.... more

Chicken Enchiladas in the Slow Cooker

We wanted a more streamlined recipe for chicken enchiladas, one that utilized our slow cooker to make the filling.... more

Shrimp Scampi

When I last made my way through a mediocre rendition of Shrimp Scampi, I decided it was time to realize this ideal scampi vision at home.... more

Monkey Bread

The name “monkey” refers to how you eat this sweet treat – with your hands.... more

Cranberry-Apple Crisp

We achieved the perfect fruit mix by combining fresh and dried cranberries.... more

Glazed Spiral-Sliced Ham

Heating and glazing a cured ham seems effortless, but many recipes yield leathery meat in an overly sweet glaze. ... more

Israeli Couscous, Swiss Chard, Peppers

By KATIE WORKMAN - This is very nice served warm, but it’s also a great room temperature salad, perfect for a picnic or a potluck barbecue party.... more

Marbled Mirror Glaze for Cake

By DEBORAH MISIK - Although mirror glaze has been around for a long time, social media has heightened its allure by marbling it with modern color... more

Grilled Halibut

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. ... more

Salmon Panzanella

By KATIE WORKMAN -This is the kind of one-bowl lunch or dinner that is pure summertime happiness.... more

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. ... more

Spring Green Salad

By MANDA HUDAK - This dish combines springtime green vegetables with nutritious, fluffy quinoa and a bright herb vinaigrette. ... more

Chicken Piri Piri

By KATIE WORKMAN - Why spatchcock a chicken? It cooks more quickly and evenly, and also allows for some nice overall browning.... more

Citrus-Marinated Salmon

By KATIE WORKMAN - The bright flavors of lemon and orange are a nice complement to the fish in this recipe.... more

Mini Pizzas

By KATIE WORKMAN - If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.... more

Impossible Pie

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - This pie is healthier than most breakfast cereals and can be served for breakfast or for dessert.... more

Garlic Herb Bread

By DEBORAH MISIK - This versatile bread can be braided, made into rolls, used as great pizza crust, or filled with pepperoni, sauce and cheese for a meal.... more

Apricot Almond Coffee Cake

By SARA MOULTON - If you’re expecting overnight guests during the holiday season, you might want to stock up on the ingredients for this recipe.... more

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

By SARA MOULTON - If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you’re going to love these cookies.... more

Winter Greens

By CHEF MANDA HUDAK - The key to memorable salad is homemade dressing. Sadly in this country we have embraced the convenience, unhealthful and overly sweetened versions of pre-made dressings.... more

Canelé

By CHEF DEBORAH MISIK - The caramelized crust paired with the soft custard center makes this a one-of-a-kind pastry.... more

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - This dish is filling enough to step in for less healthy options at your holiday table, but broad enough in its appeal to be eaten year-round.... more

Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - This is filling comfort food that I feel good about serving my family.... more

Mongolian Beef

By KATIE WORKMAN - This dish reminds me of something you might get at an old-school Chinese restaurant. I'm earmarking it for my kids for Halloween--before the sugar-palooza.... more

Huckleberry Bread Pudding

By HOWARD KARP - In my favorite version of bread pudding, the bread is suspended in a rich custard and scattered with one deep purple huckleberries from our local forests.... more

Apple Crumble

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Apple crumble is an ideal way to capture the flavors and toasty aroma of rich pies and tarts a little more healthily.... more

Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad

By KATIE WORKMAN - The tangy, quickly pickled cucumbers and onions make a great counterpoint to the lightly fried pork cutlets.... more

Spicy Sauteed Fish with Mango Salsa

By SARA MOULTON - In this recipe, the fiery Creole spice mix is countered by the natural sugars built into the pineapple mango salsa.... more

Deviled Burgers

By KATIE WORKMAN - A burger with a bit more zing, more interest, more panache.... more

Blueberry Pie with French Toast Crust

By SARA MOULTON-This simple summer dessert is a happy marriage of blueberry pie and French toast with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.... more

Pasta with Sauteed Kale, Bread Crumbs

By KATIE WORKMAN-This recipe is elevated and made super-amazing by the topping of Parmesan-infused fried fresh bread crumbs... more

Shrimp Salad with Spicy Orange Dressing

By SARA MOULTON-Summer’s here and the time is right for summer salads gussied up with light proteins.... more

Flourless Chocolate Cake

By DEBORAH MISIK-This flourless chocolate cake is rich, dense and a perfect fix for your chocolate craving.... more

Summer Scones

By MANDA HUDAK-I love scones! This version includes the lovely floral aroma of cardamom, the fresh sweetness of strawberries and apricots and the crunch of roasted pistachios.... more

Coffee-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak

By LOUIS BERTINO- This dish is not overly complicated or fussy, making it the perfect dish to try at home.... more

Salmon with Miso and Lime Juice

By MELISSA D’ARABIAN- Grilled salmon is an incredibly versatile blank canvas that you can use in everything from light salads to heady curries to spicy tacos.... more