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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Apr. 12, 2011 7:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2011 8:37 am
When you have something to say, and you don’t want the robots catching wind of it, you do what any sensible person would do. You gather together some loud-mouthed friends, pour a few cocktails, turn up the music ever-so-slightly, and drown your subversive (to robots!) chatter in a sea of… MORE
caution: this is *not* your drinking buddy
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Apr. 3, 2011 1:39 pm 
Updated: Apr. 5, 2011 8:29 am
The most underappreciated ingredient in cocktails would have to be ice. Typically it doesn't merit a mention in cocktail recipes, except as an off-hand aside in the directions: “shake over ice.” But there’s an old (mostly forgotten) adage about the necessary building blocks of a cocktail:… MORE
Ice for cocktails
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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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