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“Starlight,” Cosmo-Nots, and Pi Pie with Joe Keatinge & Leila DelDuca

Joe Keatinge, Clair, Leila DelDuca, Kate, and Mr. Chelsea at the end of a long, AWESOME night on 3.14.

On a rainy Portland evening (which is most of them) on Pi Day (3/14)  Leila DelDuca (artist) and Joe Keatinge (writer) of SHUTTER were brave enough to stop by the Print Julep House (aka The Alberta) and have some Lasagna.  AND THEY BROUGHT PRESENTS! Icelantic Chocolate and ALL THEIR BOOKS!  I mean, it was awesome enough that they came to the house of total strangers who have a fetish with swords and weaponry, but they BROUGHT PRESENTS.    New Print Julep favorites here.   You bring chocolate, you’re our favorite. New rule that I made up just now.

…And they had a few cocktails. And talked about the book THEY actually suggested, which was the Mark Millar story, “Starlight.”     Starlight, written by Mark Millar (Kickass, Jupiter’s Legacy), and illustrated by Goran Parlov.   Image Comics puts this gem out, and you can find it at your local comic shop. The book opens on an older Duke McQueen. His wife has died, his kids are grown and live far away, with little time for their old man, whom forty years prior saved an entire planet and civilization from an evil dictator. On this distant world, he was a hero, with statues erected in his likeness and songs sung in his name.  However, he left it all to come back to Earth and be with the true love of his life, his wife Joanne. To Joanne, Duke would always be a hero. With her absence seeming to dominate his life, it has become more apparent than ever that the rest of Earth has a particularly difficult time believing Duke’s heroics. Life seems pointless until a young boy from the planet of his salvation arrives at his door, asking Duke McQueen to suit up, as their world is in desperate need of his help yet again. This time, there is nothing pulling McQueen back to Earth, age has worn him down, and Duke is forced to evaluate whether or not an old man can save worlds just as well as a young one can. DSC_3206   While we can’t tell you what happens (you’ll definitely need to pick up the book for that, and trust me, it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT) we can safely say that ALL of us loved the story. It is reminiscent, and strangely sincere coming from Millar, who has a tendency of punching you in the face with harsh life realities. The art is perfectly suited for this, and it is a nod to traditional glory days of comics and heroes, wrapped up with the irony and gloominess of how skeptical our culture is. So if you have a rainy afternoon or evening any time soon, where you’d like to be drenched in adventure, love, emotions, feels, colors, stars, science fiction, imagination, and goodness–  pick up Starlight, mix up a Cosmo-not, and have at it, friends. Totally worth it. Speaking of Cosmo-Nots, here’s how to make them. For a shitty tutorial, here’s a video we made with Joe & Leila after generously sampling the Cosmo-Not and deciding they supported its existence. RECIPE:      WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • Ice
  • 2+ Blood Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • Vodka
  • Cointreau
  • Curaco



Start with 1/2 a pint glass of Ice.









STEP 2:  

Add 1.5 Oz Vodka to glass. We use Portland Potato Vodka by Eastside Distilling because it’s amazing, we’re in Portland, and because we love EastsideDistilling. ❤



Squeeze the juice out of 1 whole blood Orange. DSC_3127


Add 1 oz of Cointreau


STEP 5: 

Shake it up



Use a strainer and pour the mixture into a martini glass. DSC_3171


Using the back of a spoon, pour 1/2 oz of Curaco over the spoon and into the drink. It will sink to the bottom and give you that stellar two-toned look.


For added flair and flavor, peel some rind off a lemon, twist it over the glass for the oil, oil the rim, and drop the peel into the drink for garnish. This is optional of course.  It’s great either way. VOILA.      Check us out next time when we review LADY KILLER by Joelle Jones. (Joelle, we promise we’re not stalking you. We just legitimately love your work and style and want to wear you like a person-suit.) And as always, here’s a few more shots of the debauchery we got up to during the evening.


Weapon X Cocktail in honor of Deadpool & Brian Posehn

 Preface:  Every time you hear or see the word “legal” in this blog or video, you should probably take a shot of the cocktail for which we are providing the recipe.  It will make the experience much more fun. 

Back to the schedule here at Print Julep (of steadily being about a month behind in everything) last month Brian Posehn visited our comic book shop.

Kate and I also got to give him a ride back to Portland. In my car… which at the time was not in the best state.  NEWS: Print Julep is moving into a new office. However, at this time, my car was full of:

  • 400 sq. ft. of hard wood flooring
  • 3 Dresses
  • 2 pairs of High heels
  • 1 blue Ukulele
  • 1 Microwave
  • 1 (out of sight) Fire-arm (legal)  (take a shot)
  • 1 bag of Cheetos
  • The makings of the Weapon X cocktail
  • Full set of glass wear
  • and Kate.

So.   Safe to say, we shamefully perpetuated the stereotype for Portland and the Pacific Northwest.   However, he perpetuated his own stereotype by bringing the distinct smell that everyone knows, and that is now legal (take a shot) in the state of Washington. So. We both did our jobs.

In honor of his visit for a signing of Deadpool, we decided to make a cocktail that embodies both Posehn and ‘Pool together.

Say hello to the Weapon X.


Generously provided by Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, WA


Weapon X is a fictional clandestine government program in Marvel Comics that takes willing and unwilling participants and experiments on them to give them super powers and turn them into living weapons.

Most known for taking mutants in the X-Men series, Weapon X is responsible for Deadpool’s massive healing ability and strength, as well as Wolverine and Sabretooth.

This is what you’ll feel like doing after having one our cocktails.

OUR Weapon X is a twist on the popular 90’s cocktail, a Whiskey Smash.  However, the secret weapon is of course, Marijuana. “Cannabis” to be PC. Pot, weed, grass, THC. Whatever.

I (Chelsea) have never been into a marijuana shop before this. Since Kate was running behind in her schedule, it was up to me to stop by and pick up “the stuff.”

I had an experience.

First of all, it was insanely busy.  I think a huge part of me was expecting it to be quiet, a little smokey with some sitar playing in the background or something…and definitely a bead curtain covering the door.

There was none of that.  It was loud and busy. I was presented with my very own “Bud Tender.”  Since I was pretty confused and to be honest, terrified, he said “Oh, we’re like BARtenders, but we’re your BUD tenders.”

The only Bud I’m used to being dealt looks like this:


In any case, I survived and made it out alive, sans contact high as well.

In addition to our cocktail making, Kate also made us burgers. Because honestly, this was at the end of a very long work day for us, we were starving, and really tired.

So, of course, MEAT.





Welcome to Kate’s house, north of the river on the Washington side.





Pre cocktail mixing dinner activities:




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Shirts provided by and   Chris is a local screen printer.  He’s also awesome. If you’ve seen cool t-shirts on Print Julep that you like, chances are strong you’ll find it in Chris’s shop. Check it out! DSC_1258















  • *ICE
  • *1.5 oz Bourbon
  • *1/2 squeezed lemon juice
  • *1/2 Tablespoon Amarena Cherry Syrup
  • *3-6 drops of Zoots Mandarin Flavored (Yippy Kae-yay) Cannabis Concentrate (in states where it is legal.) 

Start out by smashing your ice.

Fill a pint glass to the top with crushed ice.

Add in 1.5 oz Bourbon.

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice out of half of it and add it to the mix.(seeds are ok since you’ll strain it at the end)

Add 3-6 drops of Cannabis Concentrate.

Add 1/2 tablespoon of Amarena Cherry Syrup

Put in shaker.  Shake.

Strain and pour into tumblers full of crushed ice.

Put a cherry on top.


January Giants Part I

In the wake of the holidays, Print Julep picked up from the family-time funk, and ran.

* Our Local Comic Shop (LCS) I Like Comics bought the only other competition in Vancouver, Washington (Odyssey Comics & Coffee).Then they shut down both their current store, and the Odyssey store, and signed a lease on a shop space in downtown Vancouver that was bigger than both stores put together.

Print Julep was insanely happy to be able to help move and consolidate the stores.

Here’s a good time to inform you that Print Julep is comprised of like, REAL people.  If you didn’t get that from our videos. We’re real. So real.  Claire and Chelsea, when they’re not doing Print Julep stuff actually run a small business that (get this) CONSULTS small businesses.  We help small businesses in our community thrive. So if we’re not doing it for free because we love people (or for comics. Or for fun) we do it for our jobs.

So the move was a great time for us to flex our “small business lovin'” muscles and jump right in to make this transition as easy as possible.

This included fixing some things, painting some things, moving some things, and other things..and things.     And other things.   Things. …things like THIS.

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Buildings from top to bottom, left to right:

Avenger’s Mansion, Wayne Manor, Baxter Building, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Hall of Justice, Daily Bugle, Queen Consolidated, Daily Planet, Smith Tower (home for Retired Superheroes) (Vancouver landmark) Pearson Field (Vancouver landmark enhanced with Green Lantern and Captain America symbols) I5 Bridge.

In the midst of creating this wall for I Like Comics, Print Julep decided to do the neighborly thing (since they moved down the street from our office) and host a Shop Warming Party!

It wouldn’t be a Print Julep party without some drinks though.   Don’t worry, we went All Ages for this shindig and offered the following:


Left to right:

The Flash-

(Shirly Temple)  Sprite with Grenadine, a cherry, and a yellow glow stick.

The Captain Marvel-

Blue Raspberry flavored Italian soda.

Ice, club soda, a bit of half& half, blue raspberry flavoring, whipped cream, a red cherry, a blue straw, and a yellow glow stick.


Nuclear lime soda with a green glow stick and some green rock cand-  er… DEATH ROCKS.

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Chelsea with San Hannibal writer/artist Dan Schkade. DSC_5939Kate is drinking the Silver Surfer-  Blue raspberry flavored soda with a blue glow stick.  Glow sticks make everything look a million times cooler.  Drugs do the same, but glow sticks are cheaper, safer, prettier, and not as hard on your teeth.

We’re not done yet. Print Julep was BUSY in January.

Check out January Giants part II for the rest of our insane month.


-Print Julep Crew

December actually did happen.

Oh hey, it’s the middle of February.

We haven’t been in a coma.  We were not kidnapped by angry Alberta hipsters and taken to a seminar on repsonsible recycling and gluten free practices for the lowest environmental impact.  We were not hit by a naked bicyclist.

Also, even though Print Julep didn’t film in January, it didn’t stop us from livin’ the Comics Dream-  and by that we mean “working really, really, really hard on awesome things with no money coming in because that is the reality of an artistic choice in profession in the United States.”

While we were drowning in other projects, we did manage to film a Holiday Episode that detailed how to make a Naughty Nog. No books were reviewed for our holiday episode, but in celebration of our Local Comic Shop getting a newer/bigger location, we made a gingerbread Comic Shop (Print Julep Style) because that’s how we roll.

If you don’t want to sit through another horribly produced video on how to make this naughty nog, (complete with tips on how to pass the time while the mix cools in the fridge)  here is a recipe breakdown of how to make the Naughty Nog…so you don’t have to wait for the the drag of the holidays to try to be artisinal n’ shit.


  • 4 eggs separated yolks and whites
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar +1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 oz Bourbon
Start by heating the milk and heavy cream in a sauce pan until simmering around the edges and just barely boiling.
While the milk mixture heats, beat the egg yolks and sugar until they lighten in color and double in size.
Set the egg whites aside in the fridge to use later.
Temper the eggs with the hot milk mixture by slowly pouring it in while the eggs are whipping. It should take about 30 seconds to a minute to fully incorporate.
*When fully incorporated, there is a thick foam layer that will form from being whipped. It will dissolve as you stir over heat*
Place the mixture into a heavy bottom sauce pan, Add nutmeg, Cinnamon, and cardamom. Heat on medium-high, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 160 degrees and thickens slightly.
Take off from heat and pour into a glass bowl.
Add 4 oz of the most delicious Bourbon you can think of.
We used Whippersnapper because of the sweet yet balanced taste.

"Holiday Magic."
“Holiday Magic.”
Stir until combined and then cool in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.
When mixture is completely cooled, take egg whites out and begin whipping them until they start foaming slightly.
Add 1 Tablespoon of sugar and then beat until stiff peaks form. Using a large whisk, fold egg whites into the egg yolk custard until combined.
(The amount of times ‘beat’ is used in this recipe is difficult to resist added jokes.  Please admire my restraint.) 

Pour in a pitcher and get shit faced.



Did you get a really good idea of how to pour this shit into a really cute, holiday themed, Pinterest worthy pitcher? Did you? Because I wanted to make sure as I took the photos that this could apply to those who might not know how to do that.  I really hope that condescendingly (yet beautifully photographed) tutorial above was helpful to someone.

Now. Here’s a tutorial on how to do the last step.


Did you just get a little sick to your stomach because of how ridiculously sweet and cute that just was?

Do you feel all warm with the holiday spirit(s)?

Are you inspired to put up a calendar in your house with a countdown to the holidays now, and start planning a party (in February) for the holiday party you’re gonna throw where you can make that super badass egg nog that is chock full of liquor and happiness and party-foul potential?


Here’s what happens after you help yourself to a few of those delicious treats in a cute glass. (other than getting fat. That happens.)



You make a cheap ass Gingerbread house.  And you use an anti-depressant to dot the ‘i’ because Seasonal Defective Disorder..because PORTLAND IN DECEMBER.

Then you start making Dick in a Box jokes.

"Step 2."
“Step 2.”

Then you start feeling all artistic and worth something, so you take really nice photos of holiday things around the house that reflect your “unique nerdy style.”




So that last one doesn’t reflect my unique nerdy style…but it was an absolutely beautiful steak that Claire made for dinner, and by that time, I was seriously ready for some dinner. And then I was like “Wow. Look at that steak. That is a thing of beauty.”  Right after I looked around to make sure no one saw my drool on my shirt, I had a photo shoot with it and talked to it like a playboy model.  And then I ate it.

That’s the story of the steak photo.

We spent the rest of the night doing gingerbread stuff and laughing and enjoying the fruits of our labor…with every intention of putting a blog up about it BEFORE FEBRUARY.  But sometimes we fail in life. And sometimes, especially in Portland, people fail a lot and do it very stylishly and then turn it into a career. So we’re just gonna own that for right now, k?



Here’s some more pictures.

I’m on a roll. Maybe I’ll post January’s blog in February.   Things are improving. (DO NOT DISAGREE WITH ME, I HAVE LOW SELF ESTEEM.)


Cheers!  Awesome things to come in 2015, we promise!




a CHEW Old Fashioned Beet Down with Joelle Jones

Beet Down Stuff

We wanted to do a sort of Thanksgiving episode. However, Thanksgiving isn’t for another couple weeks, so we did ComixGiving.  We used it as a good excuse to get together with some cool people and stuff ourselves silly, while managing to film a segment on how to make our cocktail.

With the amount of food about to be had, we decided Chew would be the perfect comic to focus on, and in honor of the only food Toni Chu can eat that he does not get a psychic reading on, we made an Old Fashioned Beet Down cocktail, with Claire’s homemade Beet Simple Syrup.

Kate and  Claire give you the Beet-ails on how to make this sweet drink.


Detective Tony Chu receives psychic readings on anything he eats. Because of this, he often resorts to cannibalism in the name of justice, often tasting pieces of human bodies to piece together murder cases.  The story is lighthearted and chock full of dark humor by John Layman, and the stylized art that perfectly accompanies the tone of this series is done by Rob Guilllory.

On a whim after last month’s review on Helheim for Halloween, we reached out to artist Joelle Jones and casually asked if she would like to come to the home of strangers in Portland and partake in a ComixGiving dinner where we get her drunk and celebrate a book about Cannibalism.

…She apparently thought that sounded like a good time.

But for safety, she brought her guy Ryan.   You know, just in case we turned out to be bat shit crazy.   (which we are. But bless her and her manners, she stayed the duration and made it out alive. After some entertaining talk about cleaning out anal glands, the trauma that accompanies OK Cupid dating, and a childhood tale about a ‘pee couch.’)

(I should just write a blog about the stories people tell to relative strangers after having a few cocktails.  Brilliant. I’m serious.)

We also had returning guests Aubrey Aiese (Letterist for Lumberjanes) and Zack Sterling (Illustrator for Adventure time) …the “Boom! Brats” as we at Print Julep refer to them as. (lovingly of course.)  We always have a great time when we see these two, so we were super happy to have them again.

Back to the book: As discussed over dinner, the consensus is, of course, that Chew is AMAZING.  Duh. No surprise there.  But there was something about this book that all of us were trying to put our finger on that brought a sense of comfort.

Joelle pegged it;  it has a very 90’s feel to it. From the Illustration style, to the panels, the way it’s laid out, the colors, and even the type of humor, this comic is very nostalgic for those of us around our 30’s.   It brings us back to a comfort zone of comics, without the teenage angst and anger, but with the sense of hope and even a bit of adolescent goofiness we all miss and sometimes have a hard time making time for anymore.

The world of comics has definitely shifted, and as comics were originally intended,are starting to be geared toward teens again. Teenagers are into much different things now than they were at the start of comics, and even from just ten years ago. Or almost 20 as is the case with the 90’s. (Man that hurts.) A  lot of creators and publishers are just trying to keep up with the times. There’s a lot to be said for innovative storylines as well as offering the cutting edge of artwork and modern styles of storytelling in the comic medium.  But I think sometimes a good formula for success is reaching out and touching a fan base with a past they didn’t realized they were longing for.

Chew is able to do this, with a creative and unique premise, familiar ambiance, relevant conversation, and a comfortable world drawn y Guillory.

All in all, Chew is a lot like that Ladyfinger cake Claire made.. I’m not sure exactly why I like it, I just do.


DSC_8121DSC_8179Ladyfingers for dessert.  Because CANNIBALS.

Enough bragging about how awesome our nerdy dinner party was, time to get down to business and give you the recipes for sweet, sweet justice.


If you didn’t want to watch the video we made while buzzed, with very unsteady camera work, here’s a typed out, more accurate, hand-holding version of how to make this Chew-tastic drink.


The Old Fashioned Beet Down is just a twist on a traditional Old Fashioned.   Instead of a cherry or regular simple syrup, Claire made a beet simple syrup that takes the edge off the bourbon and makes this drink a smooth sail to shitface town.



1 Full beet chopped and peeled

1 Cup of Sugar

2 Cups of Water

Stir together in a pot and boil down until the liquid is about 1 cup. Strain the beets out and keep the blood.  BAM.

It also makes your kitchen look like you slaughtered someone.  Feel free to leave it to make a point if you’re pissed at any house mates.


1 sugar Cube


3 dashes of Bitters


1/2 Teaspoon of Beet Simple Syrup


1 Orange Slice


Muddle it together in a pint glass

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2 oz of Bourbon.  We used Burnside Bourbon by Eastside Distilling in Portland Oregon. Because it’s awesome, and THEY are awesome, because they GIVE IT TO US to use on our show and blog.  So we do.  And it’s a great relationship like that. One where they give and we take, and everyone is happy.


Next step is to throw a scoop of ice into mix and stir it for about 30 seconds to let everything infuse together. Make sure you get all the good stuff on the bottom. (That’s what she said.)

Then you want to skin an orange. Try to cut it so that you get as little of the white stuff on it as possible.


Fold the orange peel in half, and wipe the oil on the rim, then put the peel into the glass with the ice, then pour in the good stuff, (through a strainer always helps. Unless you like’m chunky…. No judging.)


There it is, peeps. We hope the next time you want to impress someone by making a badass cockail, you’ll Chew-z this one!  Hey-o!


For dessert we had some sort of thing with lady fingers and custard, and finished the night off with Cards Against Humanity in the spirit of Tony Chu and how he deals with Crimes Against Humanity regularly.  I wonder what he’d see if he took a bite out of the Dos Equis guy…

Our photo gallery from the night is below. Hope to see you next month for continued Holiday Print Julep Goodnesss.

Until next time… BEET it.

Sloppy Jos with the Lumberjanes in The Shire

(to skip all this and just watch the videos, scroll down to the bottom.) 

Lumberjanes had quickly become the issue I eagerly awaited on a monthly basis. I wanted it to be in my box every time I went to the comic shop.  I shared this with Claire and Kate, who fell just as hard as I did.   We would have to pay homage.  This would happen somehow.

Lumberjanes is written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis. The art is by Brooke Allen, and the lettering by Aubrey Aiese.

I love everything about this comic.  I love that it’s new, and it’s an easy place to start if you’re new to comics.  There isn’t 50 years of story to catch up on.  It’s not gory and full of nudity or violence or bad language.  It’s fun, lighthearted, and has an amazing art, flow, and story to back it up.

Boom! Studios puts this comic out.  For those of you who are new to comics, you’ll find that this studio typically puts out comics for the younger people (and young at heart.) They also do licensed work like Adventure Time . (Licensed means that it was a TV show or a movie before it became a comic book.)

Synopsis: Five best friends go to summer camp in a forest they soon discover is full of dangerous mythical creatures, all of which seem intent to destroy the Lumberjanes.  They stick together and show repeatedly that if you work together, you can accomplish anything.



While the forest at my home is not full of creatures trying to kill us, you wouldn’t know it based on the way the day went.

The sun crested the cascade mountains at my home, a property way up in the hills outside of Portland, dubbed “The Shire.”   Ducks peacefully roam with chickens, a pack of dogs patrol the perimeter awaiting guests to arrive and provide treats.

It was the day of our very first Print Julep web shoot.

Kate catches up on Lumberjanes, while we prep and dance to the Lumberjanes Cave Mix on Spotify.


Claire and Kate arrived with the food.  I was put in charge of the technology. (Mistake #1.)  I think now is as good of a time as any to tell you:


I mean, how hard can it be right?(read that in a Russian accent for full effect)  You turn on camera, you take moving picture like famous director and then, boom. You win Oscar statue. (still Russian.)  No problem.

-end Russian accent-

Claire and I had spent the day before prepping for the day’s activities.  Along with cooking fantastic Lumberjanes inspired meals, we’d be making a cocktail, as well as other festivities.

Shooting the junk out of an evil Red Raptor may or may not have been one of them…

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We felt fairly confident that we had done what we needed to do in order to shoot a successful, awesome, PERFECT and PROFESSIONAL first Webisode.




Among many issues, Claire got cripplingly painful shin splints within the first hour or so of the day.  Because I have chronic back pain from my days in the Rodeo (absolutely serious about that, by the way. I’ll show you pictures one day) I happen to have prescription strength pain killers at my disposal always.  I gave two to  Claire to ease her pain-  which they did.   However, I didn’t realize she never takes pills, so not only did they kill her shin splints, they put her on a magical roller coaster that lasted alllll day.   We did this about three weeks ago, just so you know- the shin splints have NEVER come back.

Issue two-  we filmed half of our footage out of focus.

Issue three-  I had no idea how to work the microphones we borrowed.

So, to recap, Claire was high, Kate got drunk, I had no idea what we were doing, I could NOT stop dancing to that catchy Lumberjanes Cave Mix on Spotify, and 95% of our footage turned out like Raptor poo.

Kate not only managed to lose most of the arrows, she also nearly killed one of my chickens.  (absolutely serious about that too. We have footage, and it’s in focus, crazy enough.)  Which is bananas, because the arrows shouldn’t have gone anywhere near the chickens. I later realized Kate was left-handed, shooting my right-handed bow, and aiming with her left eye.  It explained why arrows were flying completely the wrong way. Many of which are still missing to this day.

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My ducks may have also been traumatized by being chased by a buzzed and accidentally high Claire and Kate.


At the end of the day, we survived.  My chickens survived. My ducks survived. Our pride-  perhaps not so much.

But hey! Whatever! We had some amazing food, awesome cocktails, and a day we will never forget with rad friends who are crazy enough to think this was a good idea.  We stuck together, and awesome things happened.  I’d say it was a successful mission in the name of the Lumberjanes.

Friendship to the Max!


Sloppy (Lumberjane) Jo



1.5 Lb of 20% fat Ground Beef

4 Chopped Tomatoes

1 Chopped Whole Yellow Onion

Tomato Paste

Dijon Mustard

Spice Mix Containing:

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper


Start by browning your ground beef in a large pan and taking a bit of the fat out of it.  Do this on MEDIUM heat, to allow the juices to incorporate evenly with the meat.

Once the beef is browned and cooked, take it out of the pan and put it in a bowl, but leave the grease and fat in the pan.

Put your chopped onions in the same pan you browned your beef in. stir them around a bit on MEDIUM heat, then add your spice mix. Give it a minute or so to cook together.

Next, add your chopped tomatoes and let this cook down. All the juice and water from the tomatoes will let this cook down to a nice sauce.   When the tomatoes are pretty softened and you get a warm, more liquid-ish, softer saucy texture, add your ground beef back in.

While your sauce is cooking down. put some butter and garlic on your buns (hehehe) and put them in the oven on a lower heat setting, just to warm them up and toast them a bit.

Add about a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and about three tablespoons of tomato paste.

Stir it all up together and make sure it’s all warm.

Pull your buns out of the oven, and plat’em up with the Sloppy Jos.

In the name of Joan Jett- THAT’S what’s going on.

S’mores Cocktail (aka: Challis Ambrosia to the Kitten Holy)



Smaller/medium sized cup

1 oz Coffee Rum. (we used Below Deck Coffee Rum from East Side Distilling.)

1 Chocolate bar. (we used Woodblock Chocolate from Portland.)

Coconut milk. (or regular milk if you’re not lactose intolerant like Chelsea.) (Please don’t ask about the milkshake incident.)

Crushed Graham crackers on a small plate



Melt down the chocolate in a pot on the stove. Use a medium heat to avoid burning the chocolate. Add in the amount of milk you want for the intensity of the chocolate. If you want it to be richer in chocolate, add less milk. If you want it to be not as chocolatey and more coffee-ish from the rum, add more milk.

When your hot cocoa mix is ready, take your cup, hold it from the bottom, flip it upside down, and dip just the rim in the hot cocoa.

Then, dip the rim in the piled crushed graham cracker on the plate. The crumbs from the graham cracker will stick to the chocolatey rim.

Next, pour about 1 oz (or more) of Coffee Rum into the cup.

Fill almost the rest of the way to the top with the hot chocolate.

Roast your marshmallow, and when it is ready and super soft (or on fire, or burned) plop it in the top and stir it in to your cocktail.

I can only imagine what would happen if Ripley had one of these.

And finally, if you’d like to actually watch the video that is cautionary tale lore for those of you who think Webcasting is a piece of cake… by all means, here it is.    We just consider the fact that it’s very representative of us.  A little rough around the edges, but it gets the point across.

Here’s our first ever video where we give you a tutorial on how to make those magical Sloppy Jos, and then talk about how much we love the book. Excuse the long intro- we’ll consider it a formal introduction.  Hey world! Nice to meet you!

And here’s where we show you how to make that S’mores Cocktail!