Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (11/2009)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Nov. 25, 2009 2:26 pm 
Updated: Dec. 1, 2009 10:51 am
So I'm about to go in front of the camera to talk about wine. Going in front of the camera is one of my least favorite things.  I've jotted a few notes, answers to the questions below.  So this is what I intend to say.  We'll see what happens when I'm actually standing in front… MORE
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Nov. 20, 2009 10:56 am 
Updated: Nov. 22, 2009 5:03 pm
The chatter begins around late August. Where’s Thanksgiving this year? Seattle? Portland? Idaho? Tucson? And every year it’s the same. It doesn’t matter who’s hosting, at the first hint of family getting together, SLS and I quickly volunteer to do the cooking. To the ears of parents… MORE
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
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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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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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