Author: IrishMike

Every Tuesday Taco Seasoning

Every Tuesday Taco Seasoning

 We do tacos a lot. Almost once a week we have some sort of taco on the menu. Fish, “Korean,” chicken salsa, and of course Tex-mex or whatever the typical beefy one is. We used to buy the big M brand at Costco because the […]

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Basic Pie Dough – Pate Brisee

Basic Pie Dough – Pate Brisee

There just aren’t very many ways to make pie crust. You can make the subtlest of tweaks but honestly, you rarely find enough of a difference in a good, everyday crust to change the taste and texture of sweet or savory pie. What we need […]

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“Italian” Berry Mule

“Italian” Berry Mule

There is not a lot to say here honestly. I was introduced to the “mule” years ago (the vodka, ginger beer and lime concoction marketed so well in a copper mug), and you have heard me talk about the Dark and Stormy, which is essentially […]

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Matt’s BBQ – Portland, OR

Matt’s BBQ – Portland, OR

You will laugh at me (us). A buddy of mine at work that shares my taste for great food, both at home and on the road, told/reminded me of this BBQ joint in Portland, Matt’s BBQ. So we did what two professionals would do on […]

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Grilled Radicchio Arugula Salad

Grilled Radicchio Arugula Salad

One of my favorite members of the lettuce family is arugula. Light, peppery, a touch bitter and has a freshness to it that livens up every salad. I have spoken of my buddy (not really) Jamie Oliver a few times. One of his first cookbooks […]

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A Quote for 2020 – Teddy Roosevelt

A Quote for 2020 – Teddy Roosevelt

Most of you don’t know but I joined Rotary. Yeah, I know, sounds so big and adulty. We have a great group called the “happiest hour” because we meet for drinks on the second Wednesday of the month usually at Duke’s in Bellevue (optional to […]

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Classic Brioche

Classic Brioche

When I first started cooking and baking for myself, part out of necessity and probably part to challenge myself with something new, I began to pay attention to two things. First, discover bakeries, cafes, little restaurants, etc. that were not part of big chains, and […]

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Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

Today is my dad’s 78th birthday! We went over to pick him up and bring him over to see our new farm and spend a few days with us. He loves our new farm, and he always loved his birthday. One of his favorite meals […]

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We Bought a Farm

We Bought a Farm

Dreams do come true. I mean I believe(d) it but if I am being honest, doubted a few times over the years on dreams in general and this one in particular, buying a “farm” or a “home in the country,” or homestead, or ranch, whichever […]

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Uisce Beatha – A Brief History of Irish Whiskey

Uisce Beatha – A Brief History of Irish Whiskey

Uisce Beatha, literally translates as “water of life” in Gaelic. Our friends and family with Gaelic roots, the Scots and Irish, believed that the fermentation of grains, when aged to perfection, meant life. There is some debate as to the origin of whiskey in Ireland. […]

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