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Nov. 14, 2009 8:06 am 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2009 10:32 am
On numerous occasions I've been invited to someones' house for a party, get-together or some other event, and asked to bring a side dish. Sometimes I know what the main dish is and sometimes I don't. On this occasion I do know what the main dish is, but not all of the ingredients.  The… MORE
 
 
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Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Living In: Metairie, Louisiana, USA

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Nov. 12, 2009 4:06 pm 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2009 9:18 am
Back when America was just a pup, it was seriously awash in booze. I’m talking late 18th, early 19th centuries, when people were regularly drinking with the dawn and carrying on well into the evening, when presumably they fell on their noses. President Thomas Jefferson, for one, was sure… MORE
sick and wrong
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Nov. 5, 2009 10:38 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2009 4:31 am
Nobody wants to play with me. It all started a couple years ago, when a friend, Joyce, sent me the published version of a food trivia game she’d created and sold to Chronicle Books. It’s called “Foodie Fight,” and it’s a truckload of fun. I enjoy learning things accidentally, under the… MORE
 
 
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Oct. 28, 2009 10:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2009 8:06 am
I don’t do well at Halloween parties. I don’t know why. They should be easy. Halloween parties come with built-in conversation starters: costumes. But I think I just prefer smaller, more intimate crowds. Costumes are distracting. Plus I’ve had bad luck. I went to a party once as… MORE
in my country, a black cat stirring your martinis on halloween is considered good luck.
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Oct. 19, 2009 1:42 pm 
Updated: Oct. 26, 2009 7:08 pm
I’m happy that science keeps saying such nice things about red wine. It’s like when a stranger mentions she likes my mustache or my rodeo belt buckle. It’s nice, it’s affirming, it makes me feel good about my choices, but it’s not entirely necessary. I’d drink the wine, I’d wear the belt buc MORE
 
 
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Oct. 9, 2009 5:31 pm 
Updated: Oct. 13, 2009 11:22 am
Something is sucking the light out of the sky around here. Autumn in Seattle, and it feels like the end is upon us. Probably we’ve done something to insult the universe, again. About now, we Seattleites share a collective dread; it’s the awareness that there are maybe a handful of days left… MORE
 
 
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Sep. 20, 2009 4:50 pm 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2009 5:01 pm
Over the long Labor Day weekend, the Friday Night Cocktail Club made preserved brandied peaches. My job was to wait  around until most of the preparation was complete, and then swoop in and float some brandy over the tops of the gently cooked, jarred fruit. The r MORE
Brandied Preserved Peaches
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Peach-infused simple syrup
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Peachy Old Fashioneds in mustache glasses.
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Sep. 11, 2009 5:12 pm 
Updated: Sep. 14, 2009 12:13 pm
Four hundred years ago this year the Dutch sailed to Manhattan -- and bought it with the spare change from their ash trays. Their new island became known as New Amsterdam. Later the Dutch would lose it to the English, who quickly changed the name to New York (Broadway = Brede Weg). Later still,… MORE
 
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My favorite rye whi$key
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Taco truck outside the liquor store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where we bought the Hudson Rye.
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Aug. 27, 2009 5:27 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2009 10:45 pm
You’d think the world of cocktails would be a lawless place where just about anything goes. Yet the more I learn about cocktails, the more I realize something: there are rules, people; there are very serious rules!  Typically, I find myself in violation of something sacrosanct. For… MORE
kitten stirring martinis
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Aug. 21, 2009 2:38 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2009 1:37 pm
It's well known that a person should never drink a tall coffee and a large glass of orange juice immediately before climbing onto an airplane. I'm aware of this, even as I ignore it, at great peril. Unfortunately, the coffee is never optional with me. I use it to keep myself out of bed in… MORE
 
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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
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