Dry process coffee pourover #pacificgreen #pourover #coffee #montana

Dry process coffee pourover #pacificgreen #pourover #coffee #montana

Morning #pourover of #pacificgreen Sumatra #coffee #montana

Sous Vide Chicken Thigh seared in a cast iron skillet

Festive Holiday Yule Log

Festive Holiday Yule Log

Pork Agrodolce and Grilled Tuscan Flat Iron at Three Forks Grille in Columbia Falls, MT

Mooyah burger in Billings

Mooyah burger in Billings

Laab from Lemongrass Thai in Billings.  I chose the chicken, yet another winner.

Laab from Lemongrass Thai in Billings.  I chose the chicken, yet another winner.

Wish I had a big steak for lunch today, followed up with a nap!

Wish I had a big steak for lunch today, followed up with a nap!

Yum Nua Salad.  As I remember it, grilled beef with red onion, cilantro, mint, lime juice and rice powder.  I wrapped it in the lettuce with brown rice.  If you are in Billings, make sure to try out Lemongrass Thai.  That place is no joke!

Yum Nua Salad.  As I remember it, grilled beef with red onion, cilantro, mint, lime juice and rice powder.  I wrapped it in the lettuce with brown rice.  If you are in Billings, make sure to try out Lemongrass Thai.  That place is no joke!

Recent trip to a seafood restaurant in Whitefish Montana.  

Dixon Melon Daiquiris 


I picked up a couple Dixon Melons at the Missoula Sunday Farmers market and wanted to make a delicious end of summer beverage.  I got a Honey O (Cantaloupe/ Honeydew), and a Tropical Sinful melon after tasting samples of each on the back of the melon truck.  

These melons are only around once a year and once they are gone, you are out of luck.  This is how I made the Daiquiris:

Cut the melons in half and scrape the seeds.  With a melon baller, Extract melon balls for the garnish.  Try to make the melon balls as round as possible.  After you get enough sweet orbs to garnish your drinks, take a spoon and scrape out the remaining fruit from the melon and put it in your blender and add the following:

  1. One can frozen lime aid concentrate
  2. Equal amount rum (optional)
  3. Fill blender remaining 2/3 with Ice

I like to pour the rum into the lime aid concentrate can for measuring and also to rinse out  any leftover flavor.  Cover and blend on a high setting for close to 90 seconds or until all the melon is pureed and the ice becomes smooth, to your liking.  Take a bamboo skewer and make a melon kabob garnish with the melon balls.  The garnish is as dramatic as the hints of melon flavor.

Missoula Sunday Farmers Market


Not all the fanfare of the Saturday market but a nice excuse to go to the park.   A vendor was making some kind of waffle sandwiches with a campfire mold that looked like it was used in the civil war.  Will go back to try that for sure-

Lemongrass Thai Food, Billings, Montana  

If you don’t already know where this place is, good luck finding it.  I have been doing business on King Ave for close to 20 years and had no idea it existed.  Granted, it is in a new little strip mall so I don’t actually know how old it is.  But that is in the past.  It has been discovered.  It’s review on Yelp caught my eye.  I ordered the Thai spring roll App, and Mu Tod Pad Gra Tiam Prik Thai for an entree.  The spring rolls were simple, not a lot of pizzazz.  I will try the fresh spring rolls next time.  The entree dish was something else.  on the menu it reads “Stir fired pork with onion, garlic sauce, and black pepper”.  Shrimp is an extra $ 2.00.  I got the pork and asked to add the shrimp just for the heck of it.  The depth and diversity of the flavors among it’s simplicity was insane.  So simple and wonderful at the same time.  The shrimp was not rubbery, overcooked, overly fragrant (aka cheap quality), or mealy.  They were done perfectly.  The pork had a nice sear on it yet was tender and juicy.  Other than heading home, it is my new favorite thing about Billings.  

Homemade Amish Ice Cream at the Amish auction near Rexberg, MT