Roastin'

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...

Manhattan
Manhattan

The Manhattan is the classic rye whiskey drink. There are many stories as to the origin of the drink, but I think we can safely say that it was invented in New York circa 1860.

 
A merry Christmas indeed!
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Christmas brisket has become a tradition in our home. Once the presents have been opened, the coffee consumed and the phone calls made, it is time to get the brisket going. 

 
Applejack toddy fixins
Applejack Toddy

Applejack was the drink of choice in Colonial America. It is said that George Washington produced quite a bit of Applejack in his day. It is made using the freeze distilling method.

 
The Martini
Martini

So, yeah... I'm not much of a gin drinker. I do like the occasional gin and tonic on a hot summer day, but for the most part, I like my liquor to be of the brown variety.

 
Sazerac
Sazerac

If you are going to New Orleans, by all means order up a Sazerac! The key to a good Sazerac is, well, perhaps there are two keys; the Peychaud's bitter and the absinthe.

 
Bread 'n' Butter pickles
Bread 'n' Butter pickles

Another week, another batch of cucumbers. This week we had 3½ pounds.

 
Rum Smash and Goldfish
Blueberry Rum Smash

Global warming! It certainly feels like it. For the fourth or fifth time this year we have had triple digit temperatures! As Adriane put it, "I didn't move here for this shit!

 
Hawaiian Queen Bee
Hawaiian Queen Bee

We're back! After a short hiatus from Friday Night Cocktails we are back with a lovely rum drink, the Hawaiian Queen Bee.

 
Atop Wind Mountain
Wind Mountain and Panther Creek Falls

This past weekend we decided to venture over the Washington side of the Gorge, so first we went for a hike up Wind Mountain, a beautiful, cinder cone just west of Dog Mountain.

 
The Opal
The Opal

Now that summer is upon we've decided that it is gin season, so, we opened up the old 12 Bottle Bar and found us a good one; the Opal!

 
Arab Strap
Arab Strap

Coffee drinks, what can you say about coffee drinks? Well, I can say that I don't often drink them since I don't usually drink booze before, say, noon, and I don't usually drink coffee after 2pm.

 
Triple Falls
Horsetail Falls Loop

This could easily have been title Waterfall Porn since this hike takes you past several incredible falls. It is a short hike, 5 miles or so, about an hour out the Gorge from Portland.

 
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