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...


The Companion is a lovely Fall cocktail, mixing the sweetness of pears with the tartness of lemons and a little pepper thrown in for good measure.

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.

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