Idaho Love | Roasted Potatoes w/ Brussel’s Sprouts & Cauliflower + 5 Perfect Days in McCall

Nutritious, delicious, and easy to make,! Roasted Idaho Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts . Enjoy as a main dish or side dish. Naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and can be made vegan by omitting the goat cheese. #AD

I was compensated by the Idaho Potato Commission to create this recipe for Roasted Idaho® Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Purple Cauliflower. As always, my thoughts and opinions shared here are 100% my own. In addition, I did not receive any compensation for my trip to McCall, Idaho, as it was a personal trip.

Have you ever been to Idaho? Maybe. Maybe not. Have you ever eaten a potato from Idaho? More than likely. And I bet it was absolutely delicious!

Lucky me, I’ve had the pleasure of doing both the past couple of weeks, and I thought it would be fun to share some of my photos from my recent family ski trip to McCall, Idaho, along with a super healthy and delicious recipe I recently created for the Idaho Potato Commission in honor of National Nutrition Month: Roasted Idaho® Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts.

I’ll share the recipe with you in a minute, but first, let’s talk about McCall because, in my humble opinion, it’s one of the loveliest towns I’ve visited and the picture-perfect setting for my ideal vacation-one filled with both relaxation AND adventure!

5 Perfect Days In McCall, Idaho…

The gorgeous Payette River Scenic Byway in Idaho | EA Stewart

Day 1: It’s an easy, gorgeous (~2 hour) drive from Boise to McCall on the Payette River Scenic Byway. Note to skiers: Southwest flies into Boise, which means all your ski gear fliss free!

Payette Lake in McCall Idaho | EA Stewart

Once we arrived in McCall, we took in a quick view of Payette Lake before heading to our friend’s house. Note the 2 kids on the pier. Yep. Those would be mine. Nope, that lake was not completely frozen over. Was I a little bit worried they might fall in? Yep!

An absolute perfect ski day at Brundage Mountain in McCall Idaho | EA Stewart

Day 2: Ski day #1 at Brundage Resort near McCall. Blue skies. Skiing with family and friends. Not much else tops that! P.S. See that fab skier in the middle photo? That’s my former ski racing husband, Mr. Spicy. I think I’m a decent enough skier, but he puts me to shame 🙂 P.P.S. Raise your hand if you think I need to lose the goggles AND glasses look next time I ski. Thought so!

Bra Tree, Brundage Ski Resort | EA Stewart

No respectable ski resort would NOT have a bra tree, don’t you think???

Day 3: Day #2 of skiing at Brundage. Picture perfect “bluebird” ski day.

This might be the best apres ski ever, at Brundage Mountain in McCall , Idaho | EA Stewart

This might just be the best aprés ski ever. Custom-built ice bar at the bottom of the mountain. Fire pit. Sunshine. Free drinks with ski tune-up. Enough said.

When in McCall, Idaho, snowmobiling is a must! | EA Stewart

Day 4: We took the day off from skiing to sleep in, be lazy, then go for a 44-mile snowmobile drive. The roads were a little bit super bumpy, but we still had blast!

Burgdorf Hot Springs outside of McCall is a fun destination, either via snowmobile in the winter, or via car in the summer.

The highlight of our snowmobiling adventure was stopping halfway at Burgdorf Hot Springs. The main pool, fed by the natural hot springs, is around 99° F, and the two smaller pools are a steamy 110° F and 113° F, respectively. I’d love to come back here sometime and stay in one of the rustic cabins. This is a must-do in a beautiful natural setting and a great way to prepare your muscles for the bumpy ride back home!

Downtown McCall Idaho | EA Stewart

Day 5: On our last day in McCall, we did a little shopping downtown and stopped for a seriously delicious burger (complete with a gluten-free bun for me!) at My Father’s Place before hitting the road back to Boise.

When in Idaho...Throwing rocks in the Payette River is a fun thing to do! | EA Stewart

And, the perfect ending to the perfect trip…stopping off to stretch our legs and throw some rocks into the Payette River!

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Where to Eat and Drink and What to Do in McCall, Idaho


  • Brundage Mountain. My family and I loved the down-to-earth vibe at Brundage, not to mention the super affordable lift ticket prices (at least as skiing goes)! Although the locals kept apologizing for the lack of snow, we had a blast skiing the “Best Snow in Idaho™, and will definitely be going back again one day!


  • We ate most of our meals in our friend’s fabulous parents’ gorgeous home, where we were fortunate enough to stay, but we did eat a few meals out at some fun spots in town, including Lardo’s Grill & Saloon (delicious Idaho potatoes!) and My Father’s Place (mentioned above).


  • Even if you don’t ski, cocktails, or mocktails, apres ski style at Brundage Mountain (as pictured above) are a must! We also enjoyed pre-dinner drinks on our one night out in the town, at the ritzy Shore Lodge in downtown McCall.


  • Although I didn’t do a lot of shopping, I did pick up some pretty pottery made by local artists at Gallery Fifty-Five. Some other fun stores we browsed around in included Granite Mountain Nature Gallery, The McCall Store, and, of course, the McCall Candy Company. Because what’s a vacation with kids without a trip to the local candy joint?!! Oh, and if you are in need of ski equipment (I finally got a pair of new ski boots after my last pair fell apart literally 2 years ago) or rentals, Home Town Sports is the place to go!


  • Head to Cheap Thrills for snowmobile rentals in the winter and (water sport rentals in the summer). Make sure to go to Burgdorf Hot Springs via snowmobile (or car in the summer) to soak in the natural hot springs and take the gorgeous rustic scenery. You may even want to stay the night in one of the cabins for rent!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all McCall has to offer. My family and I will most definitely be heading back there one day, both again in the winter as well as in the summer. P.S. If you plan a trip to McCall in the summer, you’ll definitely want to add on a side trip to go whitewater rafting on the Salmon River. Just sayin’.

And, now for those Roasted Idaho® Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Goat Cheese, and Hazelnuts I lured you in with…

Roasted Idaho Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Goat Cheese , and Hazelnuts #AD | EA Stewart-The Spicy RD

Well, you’ll just have to head on over to visit my friends at The Idaho Potato Commission and check out the recipe. I think you’re going to love it! Link to recipe–>Roasted Idaho® Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts {Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan option if goat cheese omitted}

Have you ever been to Idaho? What about McCall? Been on any ski trips this year? have you tried purple cauliflower before?  What’s your favorite way to eat Idaho® potatoes???

Thank you so much for reading this post! I’d love to chat with you more, so leave a comment, share a tip, or ask a question! And, if you think your friends would enjoy this post, I’d truly appreciate you sharing with it them too!

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  1. Ooh, I love the color combination of this dish, EA! I’ll bet it’s delicious. Looks like a wonderful vacation as well 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Viviane! When I bought the purple cauliflower, it was displayed along with yellow and green cauliflower and I thought it looked so pretty together, just like these colors 🙂

  2. Wonderful to see what happy memories you have been making. Your recipe looks so pretty, gentle, soothing and warming. x

    1. Thank you so much Deena! Isn’t it great that a big bowl of veggies can be so comforting?! xoxo

  3. Oh my gosh, that bra tree is AMAZING. Seriously, why haven’t I seen more of those at ski resorts?! This potato dish sounds delish- can’t wait to check out the recipe!

    1. Hi Genevieve! It’s definitely one of the better bra trees I’ve seen before 🙂 Hope you give the recipe a try-it’s most definitely delish!

    1. Never? It’s a blast! But you could do so many other things in McCall too. Hope you can go one day 🙂

  4. Your potato dish looks so comforting and yummy! McCall looks gorgeous – you have me itching to go skiiing!!

    1. Thanks so much, and so glad I gave you the “itch” Alanna 🙂 Hope you get to go skiing soon!!

  5. What an amazing trip-the pictures are gorgeous! Ive never been on a snowmobile- looks excited (but a little scary!)Glad you enjoyed your getaway!

    1. Thanks so much Jess! This was my second time snowmobiling, and it’s not TOO scary. Well, maybe a little when my kids were driving me 🙂

    1. It was a fabulous trip indeed Sonali 🙂 Thanks so much for the potato veggie love!!

  6. You’re totally making me want to go to Idaho now! I’ve heard amazing things – especially about the skiing – but it’s a place most people forget about… other than to go to Sun Valley haha. Looks like such a cool trip!

    1. You DEFINITELY should go Cassie! I’ve never been to Sun Valley, but McCall is fabulous, and my kids never stop talking about the whitewater river rafting trip we did there a few years ago. Thanks so much for stopping by! xo