Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (12/2010)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Dec. 24, 2010 10:51 am 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2010 7:42 am
It's a good thing Christmas is tomorrow. The fortress of Christmas presents in the center of our living room is under relentless kitten assault and cannot hold out much longer. Soon the ribbons, bows, and wrappings will all be in shreds. Kitten attacks are good for one thing, however:… MORE
mustache glass full of christmas cheer
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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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apparel suitable for reading the late-60s section of keef's book (optional)
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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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