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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

 
Dec. 17, 2010 6:37 pm 
Updated: Dec. 18, 2010 3:31 pm
I got an early Christmas present. Bernard DeVoto’s “The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto.” I haven’t poured over it yet. But I like the introduction, particularly this honest (and true) description of the paradox of booze: “It destroys individuals and rescues large gatherings. It can tear apart… MORE
 
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Dec. 13, 2010 8:13 am 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2010 9:05 pm
The Pineapple Express steamed into town over the weekend and soaked Seattle out. It's a weather phenomenon, the Pineapple Express, that results in loads and loads of water being lifted up out of the south pacific, carried along on a conveyor belt up to the Puget Sound, and dumped on Seattle.… MORE
Mary Pickford, in cocktail form
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algonquin
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apparel suitable for reading the late-60s section of keef's book (optional)
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Tags:  Drinks, Lifestyle, Wine
 
 
Nov. 14, 2010 1:42 pm 
Updated: Nov. 18, 2010 9:12 pm
Week 3. I've turned the blog over to the One Drink Professor. To be perfectly honest, I'm not at all convinced he's an actual professor. But he dresses like one. He smells of pipe smoke. And after a cocktail, he's inclined to increasing levels of gasbaggery. What follows, then, are brief… MORE
fire, controlled
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Oct. 28, 2010 6:15 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2010 10:44 am
Week 2. I've turned the blog over to the One Drink Professor. To be perfectly honest, I'm not at all convinced he's an actual professor. But he dresses like one. He smells of pipe smoke. And after a cocktail, he's inclined to increasing levels of gasbaggery. What follows, then, are brief… MORE
 
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Oct. 18, 2010 11:51 am 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2010 3:27 am
I wouldn't call it a hijacking exactly. But under some duress I'm now going to turn the blog over, for a few weeks, to the One Drink Professor. To be perfectly honest, I'm not at all convinced he's an actual professor. But he dresses like one. He smells of pipe smoke. And after a cocktail,… MORE
 
 
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Oct. 6, 2010 9:33 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2010 2:59 pm
I donated blood at the office the other day. I gave it 40 solid minutes of effort. And when my hand finally fell asleep and I could no longer grip the squeezy ball, the technician agreed that it was probably time to pull the plug. After all that, I was still just about a teacup short of a… MORE
a hazard to myself
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did you spot the chin-biting kitten in the photo?
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Aug. 29, 2010 7:10 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:47 am
One of the great unlikely jobs I've had along a meandering path was something called "professional notetaker" at the University of Michigan. It was completely on the level. Sponsored by the university even. The job was what it sounds like: I took notes in art history--and then… MORE
gris goes all glamour shot
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wiles discusses the house rules
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Jul. 18, 2010 7:03 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:42 am
This was a week for strong drink. A week for violating our standing rule against hard booze on week nights. Hard to think, then, of all the weeks, that this would have been the same week, but only four short years ago, when we brought two beautiful kittens into our home. It was 2006, Bastille… MORE
the wiles
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chairman meow
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Jul. 11, 2010 4:30 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:39 am
I cracked the code. The code of the coffee-bean rye-whiskey cordial. It’s not exactly unlocking the secret formula of Coca-Cola. In fact, the recipe's extremely simple--though the payoff in deliciousness is super-size. Also, sharing the formula here does not violate corporate patent law. I… MORE
Rye Whiskey Cordial
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Rye, Williamsburg, Brklyn
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rye whiskey cordial cocktail
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rye whiskey cordial
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Jun. 29, 2010 9:01 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:36 am
I streamed the US vs. Ghana game on futbol.univision.com. Broadcast in spanish, of course, by two very fast-talking announcers. Of the handful of words I understood, two were "Mick Jagger" and three more were "the Rolling Stones."   It's probably only a coincidence that… MORE
 
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Slow Cooking, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet

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About Me
My wife and I and our two devilish kittens live on Capitol Hill in Seattle. A few years ago, I got a masters in gastronomy. I'm a food/wine writer. I’m also blogging about cocktails.
My favorite things to cook
We cook fairly simple dishes using fresh local ingredients that we pick up at the Seattle farmers market. My favorite thing is making a nice slow-braised or long-roasted something on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I like cooking with wine (in the dish and in the glass...and in the cook).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom never liked to cook, but she did well despite herself. Her mother, my omi, was from Munich and made delicious rouladen, sauerbraten and other traditional German and American dishes. Always bins and bins of home-baked cookies at Christmas. Wonderful rye bread. And beer. Opa would say, "Brotzeit ist die beste zeit."
My cooking triumphs
We’ve made the signature timpano dish from The Big Night a couple times. And for Thanksgiving 2007, we made Turducken. My wife and I are always volunteering to cook the big holiday meals with the family. We mix a signature cocktail, and get down to it.
My cooking tragedies
I made Thanksgiving Dinner for myself once when I was snowed-in in Denver. I nearly burned down the neighborhood.
 
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