Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (4/2010)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Apr. 28, 2010 9:35 pm 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2010 8:55 pm
One thing about Gandhi: he did not mix a lot of cocktails. In particular, he did not mix many gin & tonics. But there were others, many other cocktails that he did not mix. Okay, full disclosure: I know next to nothing about Gandhi. And almost everything I do know about Gandhi I learned… MORE
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Apr. 16, 2010 9:20 pm 
Updated: Apr. 17, 2010 8:33 pm
Admittedly, I was more interested in this post when I thought the sandwich was called the Double Dare.  "What to pair with the double dare." It rhymes. If you haven't heard, the Double Down is KFC's new bun-less fried-chicken sandwich with bacon and cheese -- actually, it's a bacon and… MORE
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Apr. 12, 2010 7:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2010 1:35 pm
I'm so relieved. But how did I miss the headlines?"Manhattan Faces Bitter End.""Bitters Shortage Shakes up Cocktail World""Bitter Pill to Take"House of Angostura, maker of angostura bitters in Trinidad, was apparently engaged in a (excuse me) bitter dispute with the maker of those adorable… MORE
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Tags:  Drinks, Lifestyle, Wine
Apr. 3, 2010 6:02 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2010 6:16 am
YES! They are finally selling absinthe in tiny airplane bottles! Or they are in Seattle’s state-owned liquor stores, anyway -- and so I imagine they must be selling them everywhere else by now, too.Maybe this is not news to anyone. But I was thrilled. And to celebrate, I mixed MORE
Sazerac with Le Tourment Vert absinthe
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My wife and I and our two devilish kittens live on Capitol Hill in Seattle. While back, I got a masters in gastronomy -- interested in how food, flames, & fireside made us human. Microbiome fanboy. Space cyclist. And mishearer of food references in songs. (e.g., "I'm gonna go to West Memphis and look for bok choy.")
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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