Author: IrishMike

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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The Roost Fried Chicken – Bozeman, MT

The Roost Fried Chicken – Bozeman, MT

Since the boys were small, I made it a point to take them to college campuses whenever we were traveling. The goal was to see them for myself (big PAC-10/12 and WCC guy), but also for them to “catch a vision” about what they may […]

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Who Was St. Patrick?

Who Was St. Patrick?

Please note that is is a guest post from my good friend, David DeVries, a Mission and Church planting coach and was originally posted on his website, Missional Challenge on March 17, 2008 and is used with permission and will be included in several St. […]

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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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The Only Tartar Sauce Recipe You Need

The Only Tartar Sauce Recipe You Need

Fish & Chips conjure up many memories for me. I have a lot of memories of my parents in particular ordering them at places like Dick’s (Spokane) and Zip’s and virtually anywhere they were offered on a menu.  We really didn’t go out to eat […]

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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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