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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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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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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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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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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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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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