A little over a year ago, Adriane brought home a Behmor 1600 Plus coffee roaster. We had a shop near where we live in Portland, Mr. Green Beans, that sold green coffee beans and every time that we walked past it, I mentioned that I thought it would be fun to roast our own coffee. Read more...

Cherry balsamic rum shrub
Cherry Rum Shrub

Summer's here and so is the heat. What better way to cool off than with a nice shrub?

The Blinker
The Blinker

The Blinker first appeared in Patrick Gavin Duffy's The Official Mixer's Manual (1934).

Dominquez Canyon

Dominguez Canyon is part of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area south of Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Algonquin
The Algonquin

I found The Algonquin in my copy of Vintage Sprits and Forgotten Cocktails.

Midway, looking back at Needle Rock
Young’s Peak Trail

It is a bit of a stretch to call the Young’s Peak Trail a hike. It is not very long, but that isn't the issue. It is very steep, but that isn't really a factor either.


The Scofflaw was created in Harry's Bar in Paris in 1924, mocking the silly 18th Amendment to the U.S.

Early morning moon over Daly
Cow Camp

We have a friend, well, truth be told we have several friends, but this particular friend comes from a family that has lived and ranched in the Roaring Fork Valley for generations.

Salmon River
Salmon River, Oregon

When we first moved to Portland we were a little dismayed that all of the campgrounds near Portland were always crowded.

Beer mustard ingredients
Beer Mustard

Can one have too many mustards? I think not. This was simple, tasty recipe that I found somewhere on the interwebs, but I can't recall where.

Ciabatta loaf

I love a good ciabatta, be it roll or loaf. A roast beef sandwich on a ciabatta elevates a pedestrian sandwich to a culinary delight.


Jambalaya day is always a good day! The key, in my opinion is really good andouille sausage, and Otto's Sausage Kitchen in Portland, has really good andouille sausage.

Shakshuka - first attempt

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern breakfast dish of Tunisian Moroccan Jewish decent. It is basically a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin.

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