Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (6/2010)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Jun. 29, 2010 9:01 pm 
Updated: Sep. 3, 2010 1:36 am
I streamed the US vs. Ghana game on Broadcast in spanish, of course, by two very fast-talking announcers. Of the handful of words I understood, two were "Mick Jagger" and three more were "the Rolling Stones."   It's probably only a coincidence that… MORE
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Jun. 14, 2010 9:27 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 4:30 am
The other day I saw a young couple walking their cats. Two people, each with a leash, each leash with an unhappy cat at one end, each cat being yanked across the street. Not cool, hipsters. The poor cats couldn't have looked more humiliated had they been shorn like poodles or dressed up… MORE
Jun. 1, 2010 9:07 pm 
Updated: Jun. 4, 2010 7:15 am
I confirmed something last week: people aren't much interested in slides of the vacation.  Kind of a universal truth, that. A captive audience will, in fact, become openly hostile if, say, at the end of a work meeting, one that has already run long, you decide to present slides of the… MORE
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Rocks and sandy soils on Destiny Ridge
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Destiny Ridge, Horse Heaven Hills
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Vines and large boulders on Destiny Ridge
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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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