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Nice when you can't keep up with the garden.  Canning time....


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Bringing Friends and Family Together...

Fun in the Kitchen

Our 4th of July, Independence Day, celebration with a dozen good friends.  A New York Strip on the BBQ, my piebald (3 color) beans with a lot of elk hamburger, and one of Kat's kale salads.  The bounty of this GREAT country, and God bless America and he forefathers who had such incredible foresight.

This Website is About GOOD food!

You'll see as you peruse this site that I've travelled a fair amount and eaten in some of the worlds best restaurants. That said, I've had astounding dishes in farm kitchens and dives, saloons and street I'm not hung up with the trimmings, only the quality, flavor, and for you and me, the ease of preparation.


95% of the pictures on these pages, I've taken.  The much superior work is by others, like a couple by Terry Heffernan, my friend and neighbor on Rock Creek, and I envy his ability.   See my page for more. Also see my videos, click the button below.

Salmon on a Cedar Plank

The Rub

1 tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. course salt, 2 tsp. chili powder (I used chipotle roasted garlic), 1 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Basic recipe came with plank. Soak plank in water for at least an hour. Recipe said to drizzle with honey when plated...but delicious without.

Pre-heat plank

Put plank or BBQ for 30 sec. to dry side, turn over and place salmon on dry side to cook.

Pre-Heat Grill

Pre-heat your BBQ to 375 or 400


Cook with lid closed....

Cook to desired doneness.  I had on fire for around 10 minutes, but I hate to dry salmon out.  I bought the planks at Lowes, but a cedar shingle or piece of hardwood will do.

Serve with a good salad....

Nothing like vine ripe tomatoes and basil from the garden, here with mozzarella, and Kat applying some balsamic & a touch of olive oil.

We plated with a few sprigs of asparagus and some crookneck for a super healthy supper.

Great Restaurants, Here and There!

Pearl's Missoula, Montana

Was off red meat so had this fabulous mushroom soup.  And yes, you eat with your eyes.

Seafood, Pearl's, Missoula, MT

Can't remember what the menu called it, but it was excellent.  And the service was SUPER as well.

Beverly's, Couer d' Alene, Idaho

Great restaurant atop the hotel with superb view of the lake.

Churchill's, Spokane, WA

Expensive, but aren't all great steakhouses.  This is the ribeye...Perfect! As was the service.

Whitefish Lodge, Whitefish, Montana

Had a great flank steak and fries, and talked them into bringing me a little oxtail gravy on the side!  Well worth the visit if ever near.

Whitefish Lodge, Whitefish, Montana

Montana is huckleberry heaven...if you don't have to shoo off the grizzlies to pick them.  This was a GREAT huckleberry ice-cream pie.

Will continue to post exceptional dishes from restaurants...

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Cooking Wild and Wonderful

If you enjoy a cookbook with lots of reading, this is the one for you. It's not about game cooking, and the wild doesn't mean that.  It's a look at Wolfpack Ranch and what and how we do!  Click on the cover or the action button to grab a copy.

California Cocina

California Cocina is a look back in time, with quotes from journals and biographies from the gracious rancho days of old California, where it was said, "It's better to be on time than invited."  Click on the cover to grab a copy.

I hope you enjoy my cookbooks as much as I enjoyed working on them!

Video of the Day!

Creme Fraiche is a great kitchen addition, lemon won't screw it up, it substitutes for sour cream

My Chuckwagon!

A project for the summer!

I found this old John Deere, turn of the century, wagon and thought it had decent bones.  I skinned it and made myself a contemporary chuck/BBQ wagon.

Design as you go!

I wanted to stay as true as possible to the old designs, yet accommodate modern BBQs and a gas range.  It also has a gas deep fryer.

Gotta have a whiskey barrel!

I can cook for eighty or so and have done so with this rig.  Doing all the labor myself, the canvas top cost as much as the rest of the rebuild.

Great fun cooking, outside!

Everyone with  a beer or glass of wine in hand, kibitzing the cook, who cooks with wine (in hand)

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