Traditions

Holiday Eggnog

Holiday Eggnog

As a kid we always looked forward to when mom would bring home some eggnog from our local grocery store, which happened to be the Safeway on Market just south of Wellesley in the Hillyard neighborhood of North Spokane. A lot of memories at that […]

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Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa and a few Memories

Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa and a few Memories

As a kid, hot chocolate was a big part of our lives, at least that is how I remember it. Sounds dramatic but I have distinct memories, of my childhood, where specific hot chocolate was an integral part. When I went up to the mountains […]

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Martha’s Mac and Cheese (with Beecher’s Flagship)

Martha’s Mac and Cheese (with Beecher’s Flagship)

One of the weird things from my childhood is that my mom never made homemade macaroni and cheese. She allowed us to eat Kraft “the cheesiest.” I used to pretend they each piece of macaroni was a log that needed to be neatly stacked just […]

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Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars

When we lived in Spokane, one of my favorite places to grab coffee and a pastry was Rocket Bakery. At the time they were the only place in Spokane that served Caffe Vita and they always had a killer array of excellent pastries. Pink cookies, […]

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I hate to admit this but I actually like the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Not everyone makes them well, but a lot of places do and it although I don’t “embrace all that is pumpkin” I have been known to make a pie, maybe some pumpkin […]

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“Mom’s” Mac-Attack Picnic Potato Salad

“Mom’s” Mac-Attack Picnic Potato Salad

If you were lucky like we were, growing up in a huge family with lots of aunts and uncles and cousins, you probably had your own version of our childhood. Large, noisy, sun-baked family get togethers. They say that when you remember your childhood, most […]

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Horseradish Cream

Horseradish Cream

This is one of the more versatile and delicious condiments you can make and serve especially when making a rib roast or some other cut of meat that could use a little kick from horseradish. Excellent for that Sunday dinner or holiday. We typically serve […]

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“Swedish” Meatballs

“Swedish” Meatballs

Sweden isn’t exactly one of the countries that first comes to mimd when I think “rich food traditions” but hey, I’ve been to IKEA a few times so I suppose that is enough experience for me to look to this Scandinavian wonderland for some food […]

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Cigars – an Interview with Philip Meech

Cigars – an Interview with Philip Meech

I owe quite a bit to my good pal, Philip Meech. He has introduced me to some of the finer things in life, things that I only wondered about from afar, or didn’t have the budget to play around with and experiment. Fine wine, various […]

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Homemade Pancetta – “Italian-Style Bacon”

Homemade Pancetta – “Italian-Style Bacon”

You have heard me before talking about the merits of curing, fermenting, and preparing a pantry, and ultimately a life on your own while leaning less on the big stores and more on tried-and-true, multi-generational recipes based on a combination of flavor and survival. I […]

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