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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Mar. 5, 2010 4:58 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2010 2:58 pm
If you’re a Facebook fan of Allrecipes, did you see Friday’s post about the Top 10 Classic Cocktails?When I took a quick look in the afternoon, I noticed there were dozens of comments on the Facebook page from people posting their favorite cocktails. I did a quick, informal survey.… MORE
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Feb. 27, 2010 2:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 28, 2010 9:42 am
If you drink red wine, you’ve probably heard of resveratrol. Lately it’s been in the news so often that apparently I’ve learned how to spell it without consulting a dictionary. (Resveratrol is also a great word to try to pronounce after a few glasses o MORE
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Feb. 17, 2010 5:30 pm 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2010 10:20 am
Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, a day that was celebrated here at Allrecipes, once again, with an enormous pile of pancakes. As a tradition, the pancake practice goes way, way back, and is rooted in the need to have all your eggs eaten up before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (today). At any rate,… MORE
Feb. 14, 2010 12:29 pm 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2010 10:28 am
Any noxious stench emanating from Capitol Hill over the weekend was probably only coincidental to the cinchona bark boilin’up in my kitchen. I was in mad-scientist mode, you see; preparing homemade tonic syrup for some seasonally inappropriate gin and tonics. Probably the smell will come out of… MORE
simmering the cinchona
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magic elixir
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Feb. 5, 2010 5:22 pm 
Updated: Mar. 16, 2010 6:17 pm
When insomnia drags me rudely up out of sleep, I flip on the radio to the BBC. The BBC relaxes me, more or less, depending on how horrific the news is. I listen to the reassuring English voices, and for the rest of the night, I'm drifting in and out. The effect is that I wake up with a head… MORE
"do you wanna make tea at the BBC?"
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Jan. 28, 2010 8:54 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2010 6:15 am
On the short list of things long suspected never to have encouraged a person’s positive mental health, we would surely find absinthe. One clue that it’s not entirely intended for human consumption? The name absinthe likely derives from a Greek word meaning “undrinkable” (apsinthion). Put that… MORE
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Jan. 19, 2010 10:58 am 
Updated: Jan. 20, 2010 7:57 am
So it’s the new year then. The last of a much maligned decade. The aughts really oughta’ve been better. I can’t exactly recall what I expected from them. For me personally, the aughts got off to a rocky start: I lost my job right out of the gate, a casualty of the tech bust. And the decade was… MORE
wine shop and roses
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Jan. 6, 2010 4:16 pm 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2010 4:25 am
I should point out up front that I am not an imbecile. If we must, we can agree to disagree on that point. But the thing of it is, I am frequently bewildered by simple, ordinary things. I am, it’s safe to say, in danger of losing the thread -- or worse yet, of never grasping it to begin… MORE
Dec. 27, 2009 6:17 pm 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2010 4:25 pm
I dislike hangovers more than I like boozing. It's a fact that keeps me honest with my intake. Except when it doesn't. And New Year's Eve has been one of those times when circumstances, despite all best intentions, have conspired to hang one over on me. To be sure, suffering a hangover is no… MORE
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Dec. 22, 2009 4:13 pm 
Updated: Dec. 22, 2009 4:18 pm
Has anyone noticed a shortage of rye in this country? Or maybe it’s just Washington. There is no bonded Rittenhouse Rye to be found anywhere. Also, I was hoping to gift a bottle of Hudson Manhattan Rye to an extremely special (and particularly deserving) someone. But no one around here’s seen… MORE
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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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