Author: IrishMike

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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Burger Month Part 3 – Condiments

Burger Month Part 3 – Condiments

Condiments. Some classic. Some random. Probably always rooted in ritual. Like I had mentioned before, my pal Phil and I decided to take on this task for you, God, and country.  You might remember our first conversation where we debated the stacking effect, how one […]

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Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya

Note: I posted this updated version of a 2013 post in Eat Seattle. Another stop in my culinary adventures has brought be to the Tokyo-based Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya in the Crossroads area of Bellevue. Ramen has the same sort of fierce loyalty and passionate devotees that […]

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Mexican Chorizo

Mexican Chorizo

Reposting this one because we recently did a batch with one of our friends and doubled it so we could have 5, 1 pound bags of Chorizo ready in the freezer at any time! Super easy! A plus for the homemade “bulk” sausage crowd is […]

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Burger Month Part 2 – Toppings Debate

Burger Month Part 2 – Toppings Debate

If you have been following, Phil and I have been doing the heavy lifting for you this month in the burger debate that I am sure you are all having somewhere or at some time. Last week we discussed the stacking effect. We covered the […]

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30 Things Guys over 30 Should Own

30 Things Guys over 30 Should Own

I am 44 and beautiful. In fact, I get better with age. I was on the phone the other day with my Uncle John and he reminded me how good I look so there’s that. I guess that isn’t the point of this post. So […]

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