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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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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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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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The Waffle Iron

The Waffle Iron

I thought I would repost this one because I am still so in love with my waffle iron. Thank you mom. These waffles and this iron makes all of us very happy on Saturday or Sunday morning! Its funny, whenever I think of food, a […]

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10 Things You Should Teach Your Son

10 Things You Should Teach Your Son

You all probably know this by now that I have 4 sons. Yep, no daughters….until now (more on this in another post)!  That means that we all still laugh when someone farts, make noises, forget basic things, struggle with our manners, and frankly do dumb […]

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Cyprus Travelogue – Commandaria, The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

Cyprus Travelogue – Commandaria, The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

Update – The Commandaria from my trip in 2012 is not only bottled, but I am fortunate enough to have received one from Norman, personally delivered to my home this week!  We sampled it and it was fantastic! Let it sit 10-20 minutes, and it […]

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Friday Happy Hour – Negroni, from Italy with Love

Friday Happy Hour – Negroni, from Italy with Love

I originally posted this just over two years ago and felt it was worthy of a repost. For gin drinkers that happen to be Italian, or want to be Italian, or know an Italian, or can spell Italian, or have heard of an Italian, or […]

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

One of my favorite pictures is this one that seems to make its way around social media circles this time of the year. I hate to admit this but I actually like the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Not everyone makes them well, but a lot of […]

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Applejack Cocktails

Applejack Cocktails

I typically equate hard cider with wimpy and/or gluten free drinkers. Reminds me of those that can’t digest milk. I get that its real, but still find it a little hard to comprehend. So when I saw Michael Ruhlman do a mini-series of cocktail posts […]

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