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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

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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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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