Beer of the Week: Bad Jimmy’s Pale Ale

By Iron Chef Leftovers

It is not too often that you will see a pale ale that is pushing over the 6% abv threshold. Pales are generally lower in hops and lower in alcohol than their IPA cousins and are meant to be much more approachable. Bad Jimmy’s takes the opposite approach with their extreme […]

Award Winning Caprese Salad

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Mrs. Iron Chef needed a dish for a work pot luck recently and of course she turned to me to ask if I would make something. I debated making my Mac and Cheese, but we weren’t sure if there was any way to heat it up and it has been too […]

Beer of the Week: Reuben’s Zwickelbier

By Iron Chef Leftovers

It has been a rough stretch of hot weather for Seattle, considering that most places don’t have air conditioning. That means a shift in my beer drinking habits – what is usually orders of IPA have lately been pints of lighter beers with a milder flavor profile and low hops as […]

Beer of the Week: Cigar City Homefront IPA

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Way back in 2011, Fremont Brewing, along with a brewery in NC called, ironically, Center of the Universe Brewing started making Homefront IPA as a fundraiser for a group that helps veterans returning home from war. The hook of this beer was that it is an IPA aged over Louisville Slugger […]

Container Garden Update — July 11, 2014

140711 tigerella

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here. July 14, 2013 here for comparison.

The photos below were taken at sunset —

All of the tomatoes are doing well. The Tigerellas are slightly unusual. Note the stripes:


Arugula and Goat Cheese Pizza

by A.J. Coltrane

The arugula is going nuts right now. It looks like it’s trying to bolt, so we did what we always do when something may be threatening to bolt – we whacked many of the plants’ leaves and consumed them. “Let’s see you go to seed now!” (It does seem to slow the […]

How to Take Apart a World Power

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Watching the Brasil-Germany semi-final, I figured that this was going to be a tough game for the Germans – it is a home game for Brasil, in front of an extremely loud, mostly partisan crowd, even with Brasil missing a couple of their best players and not exactly playing great soccer. […]

Rosemary Focaccia

by A.J. Coltrane

Another focaccia. I was happy with the crumb on this one.

The recipe:


600 g King Arthur bread Flour

480g water (80% hydration)

15g salt (2.5%)

1.5 tsp instant yeast

1/2 cup total olive oil warmed in a skillet with rosemary. Let the oil cool. Strain out the fried rosemary. […]

Beer of the Week: NW Peaks Granite Oat Pale Ale

By Iron Chef Leftovers

Having the beer notes online allows me to quickly reference what I previously thought of a beer. It comes in particularly handy with NW Peaks when their Mountainbeers get brewed again and I can compare what I thought of the beer year over year and see how the recipe has changed. […]

Beer of the Week: Maritime Pacific ESB

By Iron Chef Leftovers

The name Bitter in a beer is a bit of a misnomer as we have come to think of beers today. It is really just a comparison of the happiness in relation to a mild and a plain from the days of old in merry old England. It makes it hard […]