Baking

To Canada from Boston with love

Hey Canada, why have you been holding out on me? I mean, yes, growing up in Southern California I didn’t have much contact with your delectable treats (maple syrup being the exception), but my husband lived in Vancouver for a short time when he was a boy, and he neglected to tell me about them.… Continue reading To Canada from Boston with love

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Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Back to Basics

So how is it made, scotch? I’ve heard whisky described as “beer that’s grown up”…you make beer, distill and age it, then drink (responsibly, of course). Is the process of making uisge-beatha (pronounced “ooska-veha” and literally means “water of life” as Irish monks of the early Middle Ages called their precious liquid) really that simple?… Continue reading Back to Basics

Baking

Using my “Nog”-gin

I’m not a recipe creator, I’m a recipe adaptor. That is to say, I take recipes that I find and tweak them so they satisfy my philosophy regarding ingredients and cooking techniques. My ingredient swaps tend to be based on my own palate preferences (or what I know my family will like/accept), dietary needs, ingredient… Continue reading Using my “Nog”-gin

photo credit: Gordon's DTX
Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Across the (other) pond

Whisky has become big business in Japan, and there are many great choices from which to choose. I recently had the good fortune to attend a Whisky Wednesday at Gordon’s DTX that not only featured Nikka Japanese whisky, but also offered a tasting of Old Potrero rye whiskey from Anchor Distilling & Importing in San Francisco. It was… Continue reading Across the (other) pond

Baking

Orange you glad

Ha! You thought I was going to write about oranges, didn't you? Well, I'm here to tell you that you're...er...actually not wrong. I will mention oranges, but that's not my main focus. Instead, let's talk cranberries. Fresh cranberries are readily available in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on through the December holidays, but… Continue reading Orange you glad

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

New dram on the block

What do you do if you want to take scotch distilling back to its roots, a true “barley-to-bottle” operation? If you’re Anthony Wills, the founder and manager of Kilchoman Distillery, you buy land on Islay, set up shop…er…farm, and create the first distillery to open on the island in over 120 years. Now let me… Continue reading New dram on the block

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Lattice be friends

I had a baking frenzy last week. Not only did I bake 3 pies and pumpkin bread (and even a pumpkin challah!) for Thanksgiving dinner, two days later we held an engagement party for my older daughter and future son-in-law for our family in California.  We expected about 50 people, and while I was going… Continue reading Lattice be friends

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Making a mark

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in America. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the traditional dishes (turkey, cranberries, pecan pie, pumpkin pie…ok, I’ll stop because I’m drooling now), ALL of which are my favorites. No, it’s because everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, or creed, has something for which they can be… Continue reading Making a mark

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It’s all in the details

I have a Dear Husband (DH, for short) who is caring, considerate, and he makes me laugh. Frequently. We have a pretty good division of labor in our household: in general, he’ll clean the house and pay the bills and I’ll shop & cook and do the laundry & ironing (don’t judge…it works for us).… Continue reading It’s all in the details