Author: IrishMike

Your Guide to Chopsticks

Your Guide to Chopsticks

Chopsticks. Those frustrating yet fun tools for the eater. Whether you are eating at the lame Panda Express (tastes good but still lame), the “next level” Asian restaurant (think Chinese Dragon in Spokane, or any other predominantly-Anglo town), or even the ethnic Asian (a la […]

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Man’s Quest to be Closer to God

Man’s Quest to be Closer to God

I was asked to lead a devotional for our board meeting (IAP) this past summer. I got this request while we were all camping up at Priest Lake in North Idaho. I haven’t led anything like it in a long time. I was a little […]

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The Boy Who Can’t

The Boy Who Can’t

Found this the other day and as a father of 4 sons, it really rang true. Dads – our job is to raise boys who will become confident men for themselves, their families, and their community. “The Boy Who Can’t” From Boy’s Life, c. 1920 […]

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The Dark and Stormy and a Brief History of Rum

The Dark and Stormy and a Brief History of Rum

I wanted to reload this HH as it has been almost 3 years since I last talked about it and let’s just say a few of these beverages have been consumed since then.  I have read several books during this same stretch on the history […]

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Home Cured Bacon

Home Cured Bacon

I just made another round of pork belly on my Traeger so thought this was worthy of a re-post. “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and […]

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Everyday “Mustardy” Vinaigrette

Everyday “Mustardy” Vinaigrette

Everyone needs a salad dressing that they can make in a pinch and will satisfy many tastes, kids included. We try and eat a salad every night but TBH we usually end up with one 3-4 times per week. Like I mentioned before, buying a […]

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Hard Cider – From Tree to Bottle

Hard Cider – From Tree to Bottle

What has become an annual tradition, this past October we had an apple pressing out at the farm.  Kids helped pick and we all helped sort, clean, sanitize, press and fill up jugs. It is a ton of fun (and work) and Dave (our farmer) […]

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“Steakhouse” Dressing

“Steakhouse” Dressing

My wife has done a good job getting all of us heathens to eat more salad. Which is good, I think.  Supposedly it is good for digestion, my health and so forth, but the jury is still out, I mean, I am still a big […]

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Book Review – The Mushroom Hunters

Book Review – The Mushroom Hunters

Nate and I swung over to Filson in Seattle last night to see one of my local favorite authors do a little talk on foraging and camping. The store was awesome but the speech was even better.  Real stories of real foraging of real food […]

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Friday Happy Hour at Home – The Metropolitan

Friday Happy Hour at Home – The Metropolitan

I think one of the great gifts to receive unexpectedly is booze. Someone brings over a bottle of wine, a case of beer, or when cleaning out their home, unused liquor!   Recently some friends of ours were doing just that and dropped off two bottles of […]

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