Rat and the American Brewing Industry

By Iron Chef Leftovers

In case you don’t know Pearls writer Stephan Pastis is a beer lover, which makes this strip from 12/21 even funnier.










It is obvious that Rat is drinking a Bud, which is owned by Inbev, a Belgian company. Here is a […]

Lahey’s No Knead – On The Grill


by A.J. Coltrane

People have been grilling Jim Lahey’s No Knead Bread, that’s not new. From what I’ve found they all put a Le Creuset on a gas grill and cook the bread normally. That doesn’t seem to me to be very far up the “fun” scale. (But who knows, maybe placing an enclosed pot on a grill is a […]

Iron Chef America – Margin of Victory

by A.J. Coltrane

Looking at the wikipedia page for Iron Chef America results — it seems like there have been a lot more blowouts the last few years. Here is the Victory Margin, as a 7 episode rolling average:


Looks like a trend to me.


I removed all of the team competitions […]

Sucks! Holiday Ale from Lagunitas

By Blaidd Drwg

I was recently at Chuck’s Beer Store on 85th in Seattle (a fine place for local beers and a great tap list – go if you haven’t been) and was talking to Chuck about a variety of beers, specifically IPA’s. Chuck was telling me about the Lagunitas “Christmas” Beer this year. It […]

The New Toy

by A.J. Coltrane

A little birdie told me this camera has a better macro. The birdie was right.

The new (to me) Canon SX230HS. The photo is using only natural light on a dreary and rainy Seattle day. Mints in a 2-1/2″ diameter ramekin:

Thank you birdie!


Is Brees/Brady the new Elway/Marino Debate?

By Blaidd Drwg

Raise your hand if you would ever thought that the first quarterback to break Dan Marino’s single season yards record would be Drew Brees and not Tom Brady (Brady is about 200 yards from passing Marino also). Brady gets all the press because of the “pass always” offense the Pats run, but […]

The Grill That Saved Christmas

by A.J. Coltrane

A lot of homes in the Greater Seattle area lost power on Christmas Day, starting at about 11 am, right in the middle of prime turkey-cooking-time. I’m going to bet that there were some people really freaking out.

Fortunately, we had steaks as a backup. We had also arranged for a supermarket […]

Football this Holiday Season

By Blaidd Drwg

I have already expressed my righteous indignation over the entire BCS system here, and I read something recently in the Seattle Weekly about the entire bowl system that leads me to believe that it makes money for the people running the bowl and screws the schools over.

To make matters worse, this […]

Grissini In A Blender!!

Grissini In A Blender

by A.J. Coltrane

This Grissini recipe uses two formulas from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice — Pate Fermentee and French Bread. Really, it’s the same recipe twice. The Pate Fermentee is made 24 hours in advance then refrigerated. The exact same ingredients are used again and combined with the (warmed) refrigerated dough to make French Bread. Reinhart suggests […]

Recommended Game: Forbidden Island

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Forbidden Island

Game Type:  Cooperative “set collection” game.

Number of Players:  2-4

Complexity of Rules:  Low/ Low-Medium

Time to Play:  30 minutes

The Concept:  The Island Is Sinking! The players must work cooperatively to gather four treasures and escape the island before it completely sinks into the abyss! The island is […]