Baking

Orange you glad

Ha! You thought I was going to write about oranges, didn't you? Well, I'm here too 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

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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

Baking

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

Baking

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

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Sips with friends

Scotch tasting events are more than just trying out a lineup of samples…they’re about learning things about the brand, the production process, and the expression itself. In the relatively short time that I’ve been going to tastings, both formal (like the Laphroaig tasting event at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival that started me on… Continue reading Sips with friends

Baking

Roll ’em!

If cookie sheets are the stage in the baking world, then sugar cookie dough is a star player (to paraphrase Shakespeare, rather badly). The dough is a shape-shifter, (like Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and if you get that reference, you’re probably as big a nerd as I am. Welcome to the club!)… Continue reading Roll ’em!

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Cleaning Up

A computer glitch. That's the reason...ok, one of the reasons, I started writing whisky reviews on this blog. When I first discovered scotch, I knew I needed to write down what I had tried and what I liked about it, so when I'd go into restaurants I'd know what to order. So I did, using the… Continue reading Cleaning Up

Baking

Oh, fudge!

This post was supposed to be about making Whiskey Fudge. I wanted to show that, with a little time and patience, you can make fudge without using sweetened condensed milk (you know, that overly sweet and overly processed stuff you find in a can). And including the whiskey? Well, it’s a crossover of the two… Continue reading Oh, fudge!