Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club Blog at (9/2009)

Lightly Toasted: Chronicles of the Friday Night Cocktail Club

Sep. 25, 2009 11:36 am 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2009 7:02 am
That title's not a boozing reference. It’s a reference to how I was smashed into on my bike yesterday morning by a larger, metal-ier vehicle. A minivan, actually. I’m fine, but as I was flying over the minivan’s hood, gliding into that surprisingly elastic space that stretches out… MORE
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Sep. 20, 2009 4:50 pm 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2009 5:01 pm
Over the long Labor Day weekend, the Friday Night Cocktail Club made preserved brandied peaches. My job was to wait  around until most of the preparation was complete, and then swoop in and float some brandy over the tops of the gently cooked, jarred fruit. The r MORE
Brandied Preserved Peaches
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Peach-infused simple syrup
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Peachy Old Fashioneds in mustache glasses.
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Sep. 11, 2009 5:12 pm 
Updated: Sep. 14, 2009 12:13 pm
Four hundred years ago this year the Dutch sailed to Manhattan -- and bought it with the spare change from their ash trays. Their new island became known as New Amsterdam. Later the Dutch would lose it to the English, who quickly changed the name to New York (Broadway = Brede Weg). Later still,… MORE
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My favorite rye whi$key
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Taco truck outside the liquor store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where we bought the Hudson Rye.
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Delicious food at Marlow & Sons, plus a free sip of Hudson Rye from the very friendly server. Thanks
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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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