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Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Jul. 27, 2009 11:25 am 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2009 9:23 am
Honestly, I’m trying to move on. But I just cannot get away from the topic of crazy state liquor laws.   In the paper this morning, I read where a completely harmless vintage advertisement for a bicycle company has given the Alabama Beverage control board fits of the vapors. The ad… MORE
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Jul. 23, 2009 1:33 pm 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2009 6:06 pm
If you followed along with the “weird state liquor laws” post from a couple weeks ago, then you might recall that Pennsylvania was right up there among the wackiest of the whack. (Scroll down that post to read lovestohost’s comments about PA’s liquor laws.) Anyway, I raise PA again… MORE
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Jul. 8, 2009 4:33 pm 
Updated: Jul. 15, 2009 10:47 am
This post was supposed to be about the simple joys of sitting in the park on a beautiful day eating Korean taco-truck tacos and sipping cold, cold rosé champagne. But as it turns out, that’s a crime. The wine-in-the-park part, I mean, not the Korean tacos part, whose only crime is… MORE
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Jul. 1, 2009 3:34 pm 
Updated: Nov. 7, 2011 9:05 pm
Rum? Madiera? Possibly. Or maybe George Washington would share a bottle of bordeaux with Thomas Jefferson, sipping as they stand around the Weber kettle flipping burgers and turning dogs. Of course, it’s also true that both Washington and Jefferson distilled whiskey. Perhaps they’d lift some… 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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