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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

May 29, 2009 12:31 pm 
Updated: Jun. 6, 2009 8:56 am
I spent some formative years growing up in Oklahoma. I can remember walking around downtown Norman and seeing concert posters for the Flaming Lips stapled to telephone poles, back when the band was just starting out. So I was pleasantly surprised to read that the governor of the Sooner State… MORE
May 21, 2009 5:52 pm 
Updated: May 29, 2009 12:22 pm
So here's something I'm not particularly proud of. I lied to my wine guy. I lied to my wine guy because I got all goofy about buying a box of red wine. It isn't what you think. And it wasn't a big lie. A little white lie. Technically a red lie. It’s just, when he saw me approaching… MORE
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May 15, 2009 3:11 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2009 3:43 pm
I finally figured out the martini. I mean, I broke it down and worked it out like I was sequencing a genome. Fine, you raise a valid point: it’s two ingredients mixed together on ice -- what’s to figure out? In terms of degree of difficulty, martini-making would seem to rank right up there… MORE
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in my country, a black cat stirring your martinis on halloween is considered good luck.
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May 5, 2009 5:28 pm 
Updated: May 11, 2009 12:10 pm
We sure never made it easy on mom. If any mom on my block deserved a relaxing Mother’s Day cocktail, it would’ve been mine. Unfortunately, mom always had to stay sharp on Mother’s Day, since the odds that at any moment she’d have to jump up and rush one of us kids to the hospital were… MORE
mom enjoys a much deserved cocktail, as dad looks on.
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May 1, 2009 2:27 pm 
Updated: May 20, 2009 9:03 am
 I'm not much of a horse racing fan. But I do like bourbon. Which makes the Kentucky Derby an event worth acknowledging. Really, when you consider that the race itself lasts 2 minutes, the day ends up being mostly about Mint Juleps anyway.To be fair,  I've never MORE
Kim R, a real photographer, took this photo
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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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