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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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Thoughts on Scotland

Thoughts on Scotland

My sister, God love her, has now taken each of the three older boys on a trip across the world. This time, Jack was up and like the others, I get to go too. Molly packed in a ton. We spent a couple of days […]

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Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions

Let me tell you about a discovery I made a couple of years ago and have used SO MANY times, I may as well have been the first to have discovered it (see also Christopher Columbus). Pickled onions do two things well: 1) they take […]

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Chicken Tetrazini

Chicken Tetrazini

I have made this dish too many times I figure it is OK to call it my own. This is the go to dish when we need to feed a crowd, especially when kids are involved, yet when you are committed to stay classy. Need […]

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Davenport Hotel Coffee Cake

Davenport Hotel Coffee Cake

Word through the family is that my great grandparents, Lee Chandler and Anne Bridget Kelly met at the Davenport in Spokane while both employees of the famed hotel. Lee was a maître d’ while Anne, we think, was a waitress. I have been doing a […]

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Gin – A Brief History and the 5 Gin Drinks You Should Know

Gin – A Brief History and the 5 Gin Drinks You Should Know

Little nips of whisky, little drops of gin, Make a lady wonder where on earth she’s bin – Anonymous Gin – Iconic Beverage Outside of whiskey, Gin may be enjoying the greatest renaissance in recent memory. Dozens of boutique distillers are popping up everywhere here […]

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30 Things Guys over 30 Should Own

30 Things Guys over 30 Should Own

My wife and I have this strangely fun thing we do around the house. She is REALLY GOOD at getting rid of things and is always thinking of ways to streamline and simplify our way of life. But she also likes to shop. So what […]

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Homemade Jerky – 4 Ways

Homemade Jerky – 4 Ways

It was 5 years ago that I last posted on jerky. So much has changed in my life since then, most importantly, gained a wife and 2 new daughters. Way back when I was learning and experimenting, I (we) learned a lot. I mean a […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage – A Brief History and How To

Corned Beef and Cabbage – A Brief History and How To

St. Patrick’s day in America is special. It’s is the only day where everyone claims the same heritage, unequivocally consumes more alcohol than even New Year’s, and people are willing to eat corned beef and cabbage. Rich, poor, red, yellow, black and white, we are […]

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