King Cake: Mardi Gras on a plate

King Cake: Mardi Gras on a plate

Mardi Gras is all too often an afterthought in Montana, relegated to lousy bar specials at best.

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Looking for Grandpa's Ruin? Check the easy chair—or go to Montgomery Distillery.

What you're drinking: All right, hop up on this stool here, sonny.

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Whoops it's soup

I cried in front of Bob, of Red Mill fame, yesterday.

Feb 9, 2017

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Coffee and beer: two great tastes that brew great together

What you're drinking: There's a fuzzy line at the end of any given work day where you find yourself asking the question: Do I continue drinking coffee, or do I switch to beer?

(Happiest Hour)   Feb 9, 2017

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Mozzarella memories: the last days of Tower Pizza

I recently struggled for nearly a week trying to explain to a coworker the reason for Tower Pizza's local status as a house of something akin to worship.

Feb 2, 2017

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Grab a drink from the Cloven Hoof

What's on sale: Freshly butchered local pork and lamb, plus the occasional beef and/or goat.

(Happiest Hour)   Feb 2, 2017

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Resistance Kitchen: The clam chowder of sheer survival

Spend a weekend being a little depressed and a lot nostalgic.

Jan 26, 2017

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Happiest Hour: Meet at Katie O'Keefe's? You bet.

Where you're drinking: There's not a lot in this world more satisfying than watching a friend throw caution to the wind and risk a dance with Lady Luck for the very first time.

(Happiest Hour)   Jan 26, 2017

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At the Top Hat, beef makes the burger

There's no escaping beef where I come from.

Jan 19, 2017

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Bayern Brewery does the "Inconceivable"

What they did: Better get this out of the way before the beer geeks hyperventilate: No, Bayern didn't violate the Reinheitsgebot.

(Happiest Hour)   Jan 19, 2017

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Winter lasagna with fresh beet pasta and bechamel

This gorgeous lasagna has layers of beautiful purple pasta, creamy, earthy sage bechamel, sweet roasted pumpkin, spinach and caramelized onions.

Jan 12, 2017

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Wintry mixology at the Silver Dollar

What you're drinking: What, you want a menu?

(Happiest Hour)   Jan 12, 2017

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Try a set-it-and-forget-it rosemary-shallot beef stew

Beef stew is the ultimate "set it and forget it" on-a-budget dinner.

Jan 5, 2017

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Shreddy Day: an IPA to chase the cold away

The backstory: Before the mercury took that first steep dive last month, Draught Works head brewer Kyle Sillars was already anticipating a chilly winter.

(Happiest Hour)   Jan 5, 2017

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Celebrate with sugar: Bananas Foster with bourbon whipped cream

What's the best way to top off a wonderful evening—New Year's Eve, for instance?

Dec 29, 2016

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Missoula Winery introduces a new William Weaver Wines line

What it is: A collection of six wines created at the Missoula Winery: merlot, malbec, red, cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio and chardonnay.

(Happiest Hour)   Dec 29, 2016

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Spicy sweet potato latkes

When it comes to traditional Jewish food, people love to grouse about how it's really only worth eating when it's made traditionally.

Dec 22, 2016

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Have a jog and a drink with Run Wild Missoula

What it is: Run Wild Missoula, the local nonprofit promoting all kinds of running and walking, hosts "beer runs" on the last Wednesday of every month.

(Happiest Hour)   Dec 22, 2016

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Sonny's Original Cheesesteaks are—you guessed it—on a roll

In September a new food truck appeared on the Missoula scene: Sonny's Original Cheesesteaks.

Dec 15, 2016

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Fresh Bongwater in cans: The wait is over

The rollout: Snoop Dogg would have to admit, the timing was good good.

(Happiest Hour)   Dec 15, 2016

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Brown-butter pumpkin cauliflower gratin

My brown-butter pumpkin mac and cheese is probably my most-searched recipe.

Dec 8, 2016

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Bayern brews a Bad Santa eisbock

What you're drinking: A 13.5 percent dark lager to take away the winter chill and foster a festive spirit.

(Happiest Hour)   Dec 8, 2016

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BrokeAss Gourmet

Rosemary-roasted chicken legs with sweet potatoes

Sometimes comfort food means ooey-gooey mac and cheese and sometimes it means a big piece of sumptuous lasagna.

Dec 1, 2016

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Mighty Mo Oak Smoker Scotch Ale

What you’re drinking: Mighty Mo Brew Co.’s Smoke Jumper scotch ale has been on the Great Falls brewery’s menu since it first opened in December 2013.

Dec 1, 2016

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BrokeAss Gourmet

Turkey with bread (hold the circuses)

This sandwich is my favorite way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, but you don't have to have leftovers to make this—just head to your butcher counter for cooked turkey breast.

Nov 23, 2016

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Happiest Hour: Great Burn and Stone Brewing make a Terrible Rye IPA

The drink: An aggressive Rye IPA, born from a collaboration between Great Burn and San Diego’s renowned Stone Brewing, made from Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade and Citra hops.

(Happiest Hour)   Nov 22, 2016

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