Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (5/2012)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

May 29, 2012 5:37 pm 
Updated: Jul. 19, 2012 11:33 am
This one went pretty much as expected, with one suprise. And let me just say, we make a lot of pizza around here, but this was a real stand out, definitely top three best pizzas of all time. And there was some loose, mouth-full talk around the table that it was possibly the best ever. The… MORE
chef john's ham, asparagus pizza & some winning whites
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May 22, 2012 9:30 pm 
Updated: May 23, 2012 8:59 pm
Chef John's Pork Chop Diablo* with riesling, Tamarack Firehouse red, and a Rhone blend. This was a classic case of how I will do almost anything to avoid white. The riesling was hands down the best pairing here. But it's Thanksgiving Dinner Syndrome all over again: I can recognize the… MORE
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May 15, 2012 1:08 pm 
Updated: May 21, 2012 4:51 pm
So here it is, part one of my slightly boozy quest to pair wines with Chef John’s videos. Today’s Episode: Curried Short Ribs and Cauliflower My first pairing was a little crazy. I dove right into the deep end with this one: Garam masala-rubbed short ribs braised in a red curry sauce with… MORE
Chef John's Curried Short Ribs and Cauliflower
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the competing wines
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May 11, 2012 4:35 pm 
Updated: May 14, 2012 12:37 pm
So here’s what’s happening. Here at the FNCC, we’ve been doing a lot of cooking recently using Chef John’s videos on Allrecipes. If you haven’t seen them yet, they’re great—instructional, but also fun and funny to watch just for their own sake, and the recipes are wonderful.) Anyway, I’ve… MORE
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May 6, 2012 5:32 pm 
Updated: May 7, 2012 5:27 pm
I entered a contest a few weeks ago. [Spoiler Alert: I did not win.] I had read about the contest in the Ethicist column of the NYT. The point of the contest was simple: it was a call out to meat eaters; if you eat meat, defend it from an ethical perspective. As an omnivore, I thought it was… MORE
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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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