Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (4/2009)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

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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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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