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Broccoli sprouts


Home Sprouting

Something Simple & Positive


Castles in the Air – Don McLean


Skip the healthy air poppers and convenient microwaveable popcorn packets that come pressure-treated with chemicals.

Have a little fun. Add your own real butter and cook it with oil. Watch and listen as your machine puts on a show.

We went out shopping on Tuesday. These old school machines brought back memories. Just the ticket for upcoming Autumn nights.



Home Sprouting

Something Simple & Positive



Home Sprouting

Something Simple & Positive




Home Sprouting

Something Simple & Positive


Unit not designed or intended for use after extended Happy Hours.


Along for the afternoon: KOZT

Weather cam here.

A couple beers later-

This guy- I like his style.

I have done The Drunken Chicken years ago. Time to get things together and try it again.


Cod and clam strips.


They have been back out to one of the beaches they know where they can harvest oysters.


They know a beach where they can harvest oysters.





Cast Iron


In a recent blog, we shared about German beers being hard to find in Grays Harbor County.

Just back now from a road trip to Kitsap County. Happy to report that a good selection of German beers are available at the Silverdale, WA BevMo! store. Friendly staff too!

Dining out report:

We enjoyed dining out before COVID and have had mixed experiences since restrictions were lifted.

Happy to report that we found a nice Thai restaurant on our trip.

Quiet, uncrowded, nice atmosphere, attentive/good service and really enjoyed the food. We would try to dine out more if this was the sort of experience we could expect.

Chili Thai

10404 Silverdale Way NW.


Silverdale, WA 98383


Back home.

Image above: Brine is complete. Out of the fridge, rinse, pat dry and leave out while doing grill prep.

Image above: After four hours on very low fire/coals with apple wood for smoke.

Notes: Used traditional Weber kettle with no temp gauge. Did not use temp gauge for fish.

Areas to improve: Turned out salty. Use less salt next time? Leave in fridge to brine for a shorter period next time?

Forgot to turn fish during smoking, color on bottom does not match top.

Areas that went well: Was able to keep fire/coals very low and smokey. I could touch the metal pan with a bare hand as I was bringing it in from the grill.

No stick spray worked well to prevent any sticking on foil.

Some would recommend various smokers to purchase and make this an easier job with less variables to watch over. I am looking for the satisfaction of trying to learn the ways with minimal gear. I lack storage space for more appliances. Some people have a very nice can opener on the kitchen counter. I have always been good with this:

Here are three videos I liked. The salt ratio recommendation does not match up. I went with the more salt method. Next time I will go with the less salt method and maybe less brine time in the fridge.

Less salt: 1 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup kosher salt. Brine for 4-8 hours.

More salt: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup kosher salt. Brine overnight.


How long to brine:


I have lived in 4 Washington State counties over the past 20 years: Kitsap, Jefferson, Island, and Grays Harbor.

Grays Harbor has the most limited selection of beers. German beers are always the most difficult to find, but I have not seen them at all in Grays Harbor County. Ditto for Tsingtao beer. All of the above were purchased in Kitsap County this week. Recently, I have not been able to find Heineken in Grays Harbor County.

This update provided as a public service from Oak Bay Starfish.

The best beer is the one you enjoy the most.

Possibly of interest:

Green/Clear Beer Bottle Myths?



Oak Bay Clams

Clam Dip

The Seal Rock Oyster



Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts


A small pork roast, headed for soft pork tacos.

A little honey added towards the end of grilling the pineapple.

Another try, this time without the skewers, as they did not hold up.


Two images above:

Crescent Beach is a nice spot for camping, about 12 miles west of Port Angeles.

Family lantern from the 1970s

Food prep and storage for a group. Thinking this was at Fort Flagler.

Driftwood fetish

A light lunch at Fort Worden

A lonely night at Falls View

With Willie at Salt Creek

Same trip?

The view at Salt Creek

Be prepared

Fort Flagler

Views near our campsite – Kilisut Harbor side of Fort Flagler

Day is done.

Looking over the beach towards Port Townsend.

Upper campground area closer to Marrowstone Point at Fort Flagler

Shannon brought steaks:

Old dock at Fort Flagler

Sometimes wet – Kalaloch area

Sometimes dry – Ocean Shores

Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill – Seal Rock

If the plane crashes and the search party does not arrive for 3 or 4 days, you may be tempted to eat this:

Moran State Park with Mike & Sherry

Turkey on the Weber at Moran State Park:

Camping at Fort Flagler in 2000.


Possibly related:

Cast Iron


400,000 Mile Club – Trivia Report


Just a light breakfast for me, please.

Fried Oysters at Seal Rock

Back Home

In the Oven – tater tot casserole

Pie Iron

Dessert Too

On the grill

Can of hash







Washington Coast

Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-



Also, much composting going on.


Homemade tortilla chips and two kinds of homemade hummus.

Recipes for several excellent versions and varieties are available to try.

The recipe I saved is for the Black Bean Hummus.

You can find it here.

This has become a favorite over the years.

Heavy on the garlic and lime juice. Drain the beans and save the liquid to mix in if what you have is too thick.


Old photos here from the Port Hadlock days. Several good clamming beaches were close by.

I did not save, or have lost the recipe. There must be several excellent versions available to try.

These guys put together a good video on how to cook and clean the clams:



We have had a tradition over the years, where we invite people over and cook a turkey a week or more before Thanksgiving. People may be more available this way, because they can visit with us, but still get to their own family gatherings on Thanksgiving Day. Picking an off day/week also allows for less crowded stores, roads, ferry and air terminals, etc.

We were on the road to visit family last week. Today, it’s just the two of us and a decent weather day in our area. A turkey on the weber is a family tradition. We are always happy with the finished product.


Along for the afternoon: Classic Deep Cuts