Author: IrishMike

Homemade Irish Cream

Homemade Irish Cream

Over the years we have been learning how to make a few more of our favorite beverages ourselves. Part creative outlet and a whole lot of fun, especially when they work! We make limoncello, eggnog, Kahlua, and have tried our hand at tonic, ginger beer, […]

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Let’s Talk About Martinis

Let’s Talk About Martinis

H.L. Mencken said ” The only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” is the martini. Well said. Traditionally served before dinner, the martini has its own place in the American lexicon and is as famous as many of the people who loved to drink […]

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

Like most tales from the Emerald Isle, the origin of Irish Coffee seems to have more versions of its history than could possibly be true. The idea of mixing a spirit or liqueur with coffee most likely has heritage in other parts of Europe. The […]

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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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