Month: March 2014


AS I REFLECTED on a KPTV transmission from Battle Ground, WA concerning a 36-year-old man who slashed his mother’s throat with a 12-inch butcher knife, I could only hope that PROJECT X arrives in the Portland-Vancouver market soon. Because I’ve had my fill of the televised gore adorned with pleasantries that passes for “local news” […]

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Another Very Wet March

Well folks, you do not need me to tell you that it has been a wet March. In fact, three of our top ten wettest March’s on record at PDX have occurred in just the past few years. Portland is likely to get even more rainfall before midnight Monday night. Could we break the all-time […]

A little beer science

Looks like beer marinade doesn’t just make meat tastier, it’s also good for you! Here’s a recent press release from the American Chemical Society: Beer marinade could reduce levels of potentially harmful substances in grilled meats Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry The smells of summer — the sweet fragrance of newly opened flowers, the […]

Back up your “stuff” via cloud-based apps

There have been some concerns about cloud-based app usage over the last couple years – in regards to security and availability of your documents.  I’m writing to say that the winds of change have been moving quite steadily towards “the cloud” (I can’t honestly stand this term, ‘cloud’ – but it’s what everyone uses so […]

Smoked Chicken And Noodle Stir Fry

I’m a big fan of cooking too much food. I do it on purpose so that there will be leftovers that I can work with to create another meal. This scenario played itself out last night as I BBQ’d entirely to much chicken for the smoked chicken sandwiches we enjoyed. I also happen to be […]

Peanut Brittle Covered Angel Food Cake

This is a recipe passed along to the family from my mother in law Sue. I believe it’s a recipe her mom used to make her. This is easy to make and a huge hit with the family, it’s not gluten free so I abstain, but I hope you enjoy. 1 Prepared angel food cake […]

Seafood Boil

Last year we went to the beach with a great group of our friends. One of them, we’ll call him Ty because that’s his name, is legendary for his seafood boil and he passed along all of his seafood boil techniques to us. And dang it, we’re VERY thankful for the spoils of this culinary […]

Time To Choose A BBQ

Yes indeed, it has been some time since I last posted. No excuses, but that bright and shining orb in the sky has lit my fire again. Today we’re going to talk BBQ’S because it’s the time of year to go out there and buy a new one. I hope you enjoy! Since the weather […]

Garlic Scapes

It’s officially springtime in the Pacific Northwest, which means our nonstop rain is gradually giving way to mostly nonstop rain. Plus, a fresh bounty of vegetables (and a few fruits) that thrive between March and May. You’re probably familiar with standbys like asparagus and radishes, but have you tried garlic scapes? Garlic scapes are the flower stems […]

Rainy Day Chili

This recipe is dedicated to my sweet and courageous nephew, Keaton. There are days when a crockpot full of comfort food can bring peace to your soul and lift your spirits. I had one of those days recently. I felt a deep sadness and ended up in my kitchen, chopping away. It was chili I […]

The return of “Paul’s Potpourri”…

One of my favorite column formats when I was an “ace cub reporter” as my stepdad called me was a few short graphs on several different subjects. I used to call it “Paul’s Potpourri”. A fad called Throwback Thursday has become popular on the social networks so in a Throwback Thursday of my own here’s […]

UFO sighting?

A Clark County resident named Diana had this story to tell about a possible UFO sighting on March 14, 2014: “I was really surprised late Friday night while walking my dog and I spotted what I can only describe as a small fleet of UFOs! I’ve never seen anything like this and it was hard […]

Time to Think About Planting!

We started planting our garden today. Of course, we had to clean up a bit first. Should have done that last Fall, but I prefer to talk myself into believing that cleaning up last year’s debris would only leave the soil exposed all winter long- and that’s not good… and if I stretch it… I […]

FTP… What is it?

This post isn’t for advanced users, but to be a basic overview for people not “in-the-know”. FTP, or file transfer protocol, was originally created in 1971 – before the birth of the World Wide Web, as a command-line interface (text-based, relying on specific commands).  From inception, it was built to transfer files from one host […]

Link-building: A Quick Lesson for SEO

Any SEO campaign that is gaining traction hits a point where you may not need to change a lot of information on your site (unless you plan on adding lots more content regularly, but that’ll be a different post). At that point, a great thing to check out, is how many websites are linking to […]

Time to Unlock Knowledge?

As long as I’ve been creating fun stuff on the Web, there have been people locking down the knowledge for their personal use only.  I’m not sure if this has been expounded by the economy, by the overwhelming growth and popularity of the Web, or if it is being condensed by developers who are afraid […]

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Twenty-five years ago today – Tim Berners-Lee submitted a paper to his employer (CERN), which described a network (web) of computers that each had access to files – shared among each other.  Little did he know that his idea would birth some of the greatest achievements (and bank accounts) the world had ever seen. Although […]

Learning To Breathe with a side of Loaded Mashed Faux-Tatoes

Well, hello there!! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?! You may remember a few months ago I struggled with some health issues. I was taken out by Vertigo and spent nearly a month in bed. I was so sick from the spins — similar to the morning after my 21st birthday… set on repeat, day after […]

Crock Pot Chili

Seriously the rain lately seems pretty relentless these past few days! So here is one of our favorite crock pot chili recipes! Which is why we busted out one of the best crock pot chili recipes known to man. It’s such a great recipe for a Sunday, where you just throw in on and let […]

Cultured Caveman in PDX

Pretty pumped to finally try Cultured Caveman’s Food Cart on Alberta St. in PDX. Grass-fed beef chili (Paleo, no beans) and bacon wrapped dates for lunch on the go?! Yes, please!! Chili (medium sized) – $8.00 Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds – 3 for $2.00 Cultured Caveman 1477 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR (401) 300-4765

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