Author: IrishMike

My Bitters Project

My Bitters Project

You can probably tell that when I cook, and a lot of the stuff I write about in this blog tends to have a certain focus. I like the do-it-yourself type recipes. I guess you could call it a hobby of sorts. Cooking, curing, smoking, […]

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Amalfi Tonic

Amalfi Tonic

As you probably have noticed…we make our lemoncello (limoncello for the holy) at home. I don’t remember when I discovered this cocktail but I remember living in Spokane over on 19th and I think had something to do with Mario Batali, but he isn’t cool […]

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Choucroute Garnie – Because Peasant Food is the Best Food

Choucroute Garnie – Because Peasant Food is the Best Food

I have mentioned it before and I will probably always think this way, that in most cases, across multiple cultures, peasant food is the best food. The poor folks have had to do much more with much less and had to find a way to […]

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Bourbon Sour

Bourbon Sour

When my mother-in-law came by for a few weeks, I knew she enjoyed a good cocktail in the evening so I decided to share some of my favorites, a new one, each night during her stay. I think she said her fave is the gin […]

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Penne a la Vodka

Penne a la Vodka

I don’t know a lot of history here except that tomatoey “vodka sauce” must be popular as you can now find it in jars at your local supermarket. Every brand seems to have a version of this so it must be good…right? Well I think […]

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Why Football Matters…to me

Why Football Matters…to me

My favorite sport has come under some attack the last few years. The number of parents (primarily moms) who have decided not to allow little Johnny Sixpack play tackle football has grown.  Across my state and the country, fewer young people are playing the sport. […]

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Pavé- The Humble Gratin Elevated

Pavé- The Humble Gratin Elevated

A French term most often used in reference to a square or rectangular-shaped serving of food. The term “pavé” translates as “little pavers” or “cobblestone.” The pavé probably also has roots in the gratin, that dish your mother or grandmother or aunt would bring to […]

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Seems like Bloody Mary’s are either loved or loathed. Many loathe it because they can’t get passed the spice, or the tomato juice or the fact that an alcoholic beverage can or should be savory. Many love it because it is one of the great […]

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Everyday Pickling Spice

Everyday Pickling Spice

Making pickles is a lot easier than you think. In fact, pickling almost anything is a great, low-cost way to “control” your vegetables (organic, local etc.) without having to drop $12 a jar for the ones at the local Co-Op. I know, I know, we […]

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Ginger Creek Bourbon Punch

Ginger Creek Bourbon Punch

My wife and I have become pretty good at entertaining, at least that is what we hear. We like to cook for others, have them over to visit and so forth. There typically includes a beverage of some sort. Sometimes I make cocktails, sometimes I […]

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