55 North

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Highway 55 North from Boise to McCall.  Probably my all-time favorite drives and I’ve driven this a few hundred times over the years and it never gets old.  Winding along the Payette River thru the mountains, raging whitewater next to the highway, snow capped mountains, wildlife, ascending to over 5,280 feet by the time you get to McCall, complete with crisp, cool clean air and the overwhelming scent of pine trees.

Feast Week

Chuck Taylors

As we were out doing some shopping, I came across a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars.  I own two pair.  But then I realized as a huge college basketball fan, I really didn’t know who Chuck Taylor was!  I’ve owned a pair pretty much all my life, but I remember my first pair back in Jr. High, because my Mom shouted, “I am NOT paying $20 for a pair of basketball shoes!!!”  The ones I saw the other day were $55…

Coffee Jacket-Cup Thingy

Coffee Sleeve

I recently picked up a hot drink at a coffee shop in our area and they have taken the coffee cup sleeve that protects your hand from getting burned and made it into the whole cup!  Brilliant!! When I saw it, I laughed because it reminded me of the Jerry Seinfeld observation, “What’s the deal with a plane’s “black box?” If the black box is the only thing that survives a crash, why not build the whole plane out of black box?”  Epic.

Fall Chili

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Some foods seem to taste so much better in the right season.  Clam chowder on a cold, dark rainy day on the pier in Seattle, the smell of Burgers on the grill in the summer, but Skyline Chili is great anytime but especially in the fall!  This is called comfort food for a reason.

Fall Garden

Fall Garden

It’s November and our fall garden box is full and lush!  I really enjoy dinking in and around our garden boxes especially this time of year when the air is so crisp and cool and you can see your breath in the morning. (…because it’s chilly, not from the salsa last night…)  Here’s what’s going on in our boxes…

The Big Nasty

Big Nasty

When I am in Tennessee, my friend and I go see our friend Adam Tyler.  I’ve known Adam since he was in high school.  Then he went to culinary school because he loves food. After a few years of doing this and doing that, meeting this famous person and cooking for that famous person, today he is the Chef at Gourmet’s Market in Knoxville, Tennessee.  It wasn’t enough that he already had amazing breakfasts like the Toad in a Hole, the Frog in a Ditch, and the Cinnamon Raisin French Toast but then he went and created The Big Nasty.  I love this dish so much, I bought the T-shirt!   So, add The Big Nasty to your bucket list and take a road trip to Knoxville.  You can thank me later, but also, be sure to get Adam’s grits. These aren’t your Mama’s or Gammy’s grits!!  You’re welcome.