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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

May 5, 2009 5:28 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2009 12:10 pm
We sure never made it easy on mom. If any mom on my block deserved a relaxing Mother’s Day cocktail, it would’ve been mine. Unfortunately, mom always had to stay sharp on Mother’s Day, since the odds that at any moment she’d have to jump up and rush one of us kids to the hospital were… MORE
mom enjoys a much deserved cocktail, as dad looks on.
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May 1, 2009 2:27 pm 
Updated: May 20, 2009 9:03 am
 I'm not much of a horse racing fan. But I do like bourbon. Which makes the Kentucky Derby an event worth acknowledging. Really, when you consider that the race itself lasts 2 minutes, the day ends up being mostly about Mint Juleps anyway.To be fair,  I've never MORE
Kim R, a real photographer, took this photo
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Apr. 18, 2009 6:02 pm 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2009 2:18 pm
Lucky margarita lovers seated bar-side at the Kentucky Club in Juarez, Mexico, one evening in 1961 would have left with the bar story to end all bar stories. It's not every day Marilyn Monroe rolls into a cantina and buys a round of margs. On that day, she had come down to Juarez to get a qui MORE
who needs marilyn monroe?
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El Minuto Cafe's incredible margarita, Tucson
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Apr. 11, 2009 6:28 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2009 12:10 am
What kind of sicko eats rabbit on Easter weekend?  Mistakes were made. In my defense, it was kind of an accident. An honest slip of the mind, timing wise. I'd momentarily forgotten about the close relationship between bunnies and certain events of this particular weekend. But you can be MORE
Bunny Love
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Apr. 9, 2009 12:02 pm 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2009 3:20 pm
Be the first on your block to take the second first annual FNCC cocktails quiz! Missed the first first annual quiz? You can find it here.  Good luck! 1. What does the word vodka mean? a. Virile b. Viral c. Vulgar d. Big water e. Little water f. Waste water g. Muddy… MORE
school's in session
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Apr. 3, 2009 3:12 pm 
Updated: May 23, 2009 1:03 pm
Wait, what’s this? “April is the Month to Get Toasted.” That was the cheeky subject line in the email I received this morning from the jolly, pun-loving people at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Turns out, the WMMB isn’t actually giving me license to spend April in a boozy stupor.… MORE
Toasted Cheese Goodness (Photo by Shalaine_1)
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Mar. 27, 2009 12:06 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2009 2:21 pm
I don't talk about it much anymore. But I ran across the Easter bunny once at Organ Pipe. It was years ago, camping with my parents, my sister and brother in the cactus-strewn national park in southern Arizona. I haven't been back to Organ Pipe since. I guess you see the Easter bunny some… MORE
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squawk93's delicious champagne cocktail
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Mar. 23, 2009 12:30 pm 
Updated: Apr. 5, 2009 3:44 am
The weather widget on my Mac is an incorrigible practical joker. Somehow it reset itself. So Friday when I checked Seattle's extended forecast, I was thrilled to see 7 suns, full and round like perfect egg yolks, laid out across the screen above numbers that for each day began with the number 6. MORE
The Prescription Julep
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kickin' it country cap'n style, with kitten
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Mar. 12, 2009 10:11 am 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2009 9:46 am
I've made my peace with the prickly pear cactus. Many years ago, in grade school, I passed a warm Tucson afternoon face down on the kitchen linoleum having prickly pear needles plucked from my beeehind. I've held a mild grudge against the plant ever since. Moments before the floor, I'd been… MORE
my friend the prickly pear cactus
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prickly pear whiskey sour
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Mar. 8, 2009 4:15 pm 
Updated: Mar. 14, 2009 11:11 pm
And then in the remote out-of-the-way spots of the desert, you will probably meet a gypsy. She doesn't technically need to be a gypsy --  I don't even know what a gypsy is technically  -- but you will likely recognize her when you see her. And when you have a drink with this gypsy or with… MORE
gypsy lamp, somewhere near death valley
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salty playa, desolate hills
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the FNCC moving through the mojave
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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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