Category: Artisan | DIY

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Fake” Shack Sauce

“Fake” Shack Sauce

One of the newish burger shops to make a name in our country is Shake Shack. They finally made it out to Seattle with one restaurant now opened and I believe two more scheduled to soon be opened. Here in the PNW, like so many […]

Burger Month Part 1 – The Stacking Effect

Burger Month Part 1 – The Stacking Effect

Let’s face it, burgers bring people together. From backyard barbecues to drive-ins. Big cities to small rural towns. Burger joints and eating a great hamburger have been at the center of communities and families for dozens of years. Your dad and grandfather’s memories of a […]