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Cocktail Talk: Hot Summer, Cold Murder, Part II

COCKTAIL TALK: HOT SUMMER, COLD MURDER, PART II

The memorably-titled, Wichita-based, PI-featuring, crime-and-criminals riddled, mystery and murder-packed pocket-style book Hot Summer,...

What I'm Drinking: The Puget Seine

WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE PUGET SEINE

The middle-to-beginning edge of August is a hot spot in many parts of the world - Seattle, my part at the moment, for example, is heated...

 
 
 
Cocktail Talk: Hot Summer, Cold Murder

COCKTAIL TALK: HOT SUMMER, COLD MURDER

Sometimes a book's title says enough - enough to make me pick it up, at least, as is the case here. I mean, Hot Summer, Cold Murder...

What I'm Drinking: The Americano

WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE AMERICANO

The Americano is a summertime favorite around my back porch, and should be one around yours, too. It's been consumed as a warm-weather...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: Requiem for Summer with Cadée Medusa and Sidetrack Blackberry

WHAT I'M DRINKING: REQUIEM FOR SUMMER WITH CADÉE MEDUSA AND SIDETRACK BLACKBERRY

Okay, don't be upset with me, but this drink contains an ingredient that is not only made in Washington state (so, un-local for some...

Cocktail Talk: The Crimson Clue, Part II

COCKTAIL TALK: THE CRIMSON CLUE, PART II

Don't go thinking I decided to have a second Cocktail Talk from George Harmon Coxe's The Crimson Clue because of the rhyme between...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: The Foppa

WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE FOPPA

Sometimes, I like to throw ol' summer a curve ball. Summer, sitting there all hot and sunny and thinking, “I know all the drinks A.J....

Cocktail Talk: The Crimson Clue

COCKTAIL TALK: THE CRIMSON CLUE

It had been a long, long stretch of days since I've had a Cocktail Talk post from a tale by one of our pocket-book specialists , George...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: Such Animals of Summer

WHAT I'M DRINKING: SUCH ANIMALS OF SUMMER

Why, just last week, here on the Spiked Punch blog, I had a delicious summer drink called Pina's Potion, which used Les Dauphins Côtes...

Sip the Grandeza Old Fashioned at Moctezuma - or at Home

SIP THE GRANDEZA OLD FASHIONED AT MOCTEZUMA - OR AT HOME

Took a trip south to Southcenter not too long ago (if you consider “long ago” in the way I'm thinking), and stopped at the friendly...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: Pina's Potion

WHAT I'M DRINKING: PINA'S POTION

Rosé is now a celebrated part of many people's summers. With good reason, due to its light, easy-going-but-flavorful natures. Actually,...

Try the Song at Midnight at Peony

TRY THE SONG AT MIDNIGHT AT PEONY

I recently trotted over the water to what we in Seattle call the east side, to stop in at Bellevue's Peony, a 1930s-in-Shanghai-inspired...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: What I'm Drinking: The Sicilian Sling

WHAT I'M DRINKING: WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE SICILIAN SLING

This should be your go-to this summer , as it'll transport you all over Europe without you having to leave the yard, while at the same...

Cocktail Talk: The Prettiest Girl I Ever Killed

COCKTAIL TALK: THE PRETTIEST GIRL I EVER KILLED

Just last week, I highlighted a Cocktail Talk quote from an old noir novel called Park Avenue Tramp , which was part of a Stark House...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: Captain's Blood

WHAT I'M DRINKING: CAPTAIN'S BLOOD

Hey, did you realize, the first day of summer was yesterday! On the calendar, it told me so, and so I thought I'd better have a Captain's...

Cocktail Talk: Park Avenue Tramp

COCKTAIL TALK: PARK AVENUE TRAMP

Recently got my hands on another one of the superb (if you're into such things, which I hope you are, so we can be friends and all...

 
 
 
Cocktail Talk: It's Better to Burn

COCKTAIL TALK: IT'S BETTER TO BURN

Picked up another of the Day Keene short story collections recently, this one called The Case of the Bearded Bride (it's Volume 4 of...

 
 
 
What I'm Drinking: The Mint Meridian

WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE MINT MERIDIAN

Recently, I was on a trip - the actual physical kind, mind you - that took me away from my home bar and home region, and led me, let's...

Cocktail Talk: The Sunburned Corpse, Part II

COCKTAIL TALK: THE SUNBURNED CORPSE, PART II

I talked earlier about this little Signet pocket-sized find and where I found it in The Sunburned Corpse , Part I, post. There, I also...

 
 
 



Tuscan Style Roasted Potatoes

Tuscan Style Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes make a great side dish and can be incredibly easy to make. In this recipe, I make an incredibly flavorful but simple Tuscan Style Roasted Potatoes seasoned with... Read more ...

Sound of Flavor - Hibachi Style Vegetables

Sound of Flavor - Hibachi Style Vegetables

When thinking of that wonderful sound of food sizzling on the grill, you may only be imagining a burger or steak. More than meat can sizzle on the grill! These Hibachi-style... Read more ...

Burst Tomato Sauce

Burst Tomato Sauce

A ripe cherry tomato is sweeter and higher in pectin than bigger tomatoes. This means that cherry tomatoes are ideal for creating flavorful, intense sauce in less time than... Read more ...

Gluten-Free, Vegan Blueberry Scones

Gluten-Free, Vegan Blueberry Scones

Rich and tasty Gluten-Free, Vegan Blueberry Scones. Easy, quick and delicious. Read more ...

Tempeh Satay

Tempeh Satay

Tempeh satay, a plant-based version of traditional Thai chicken satay. It's so delicious served with some homemade peanut sauce. Read more ...

How To Make Peanut Sauce

How To Make Peanut Sauce

Learn how to make peanut sauce with just 7 ingredients in less than 5 minutes. It's a delicious, super creamy Thai sauce. Read more ...

Instant Pot Quinoa Spinach Salad

Instant Pot Quinoa Spinach Salad

This lightning-fast Instant Pot Quinoa Spinach Salad has just three ingredients and it's ready in 30 minutes! Read more ...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Soft, gooey, and full of flavor. With creamy peanut butter, and chunks of dark chocolate. Read more ...

Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats

Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats

Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats are fun and delicious way to eat tuna salad! Serve 'em up as an after-school snack or a healthy lunch! Read more ...

Chocolate Chip Cornflake Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cornflake Cookies

These aren't your average chocolate chip cookie - these Chocolate Chip Cornflake Cookies make the perfect lunch box addition! Read more ...

How to Make Better Risotto

How to Make Better Risotto

It's often argued that the key ingredients in making the best risotto are patience and a good stirring spoon. And while we agree, we also know that there's a bit more that goes... Read more ...

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting are light, fluffy and filled with creamy key lime curd! Read more ...

SAJJ Mediterranean Announces Official Grand Opening Celebration for New Location

SAJJ Mediterranean Announces Official Grand Opening Celebration for New Location

SAJJ Mediterranean will celebrate the Grand Opening of newest location in San Francisco's Financial District on Friday, September 7 with free entrees for the first 30 people in... Read more ...