Feeding a crowd
Baking

Feeding a crowd

Happy (belated) Patriots’ Day, everyone! What, you don’t know what that is? Don’t feel bad…growing up in Southern California I’d never heard of it either, but trust me that it’s a big deal in Massachusetts. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 (the “shot heard ‘round the world”) that signaled… Continue reading Feeding a crowd

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not playing favorites
Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Not Playing Favorites

I don’t have a favorite child – they’re both my favorite. My daughters are unique and wonderful, and that’s not just because I’m their mom…just ask anyone and they’ll tell you the same. I love them fiercely and equally, and I’m quite the Mama Bear when required (don’t mess with a red-headed mama is my… Continue reading Not Playing Favorites

salted matzah toffee, smoffee
Baking

Smoffee mania

This week is Passover, and it’s always a challenge. No flours, no yeast, no leaveners... generally speaking a baker’s nightmare. Oh, there are all sorts of adaptations and substitutions you can make (egg white meringues, anyone?), but there is only so much you can do to keep your cake and cookie cravings at bay. Mostly,… Continue reading Smoffee mania

Irish Whiskey Traditions
Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

(Pot) Still Traditions

History and tradition grounds me. A few years ago I took one of those genetic DNA tests, and unlike so many people I know, there was very little ethnic diversity in my gene pool. What those results meant to me was that, despite my not being able to trace back my family tree beyond a… Continue reading (Pot) Still Traditions

pie-math
Baking

Pi(e) Math

Last week was Pi Day (March 14th, or 3/14), a day fully created to make my math tutor/chef’s heart skip a beat. I love the number-to-date relationship (not to bring back nightmares from Geometry, but pi (∏), an irrational number representing the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle, is 3.14159…). I, of… Continue reading Pi(e) Math

Scotland scotch regions
Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

All over the place

It’s not news that Scotland has many different regions where scotch is produced, and it’s not news to say that those regions each have their own unique flavor signature. What is interesting is when the scotch is blended to represent and highlight the best of what each region has to offer, and we get to… Continue reading All over the place

Baking

Bean seeing you

You know how you sometimes see little brown specks in baked goods, custards or frostings? No, those aren’t dirt from a careless chef…they’re something wonderful that adds a delicious flavor to all they touch: real vanilla bean seeds. Vanilla beans can be expensive and messy, but they’re oh so worth the effort…the flavor they impart… Continue reading Bean seeing you

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

(Re)Visiting Friends

I’ve been told time and again that everyone’s palate is different, that what you taste won’t necessarily be what I taste. I’ve also been told that what I taste can be different from one time to another, and I’ve found that to be true as well. And I’ve found that I’m better able to describe… Continue reading (Re)Visiting Friends

Baking

Pop to it

Do you love a good challenge? After all, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason. The tried-and-true is safe, a known quantity, and yet…sometimes a challenge can be appealing. That can-I-pull-this-off-even-if-it-hasn’t-worked-before feeling can propel me into trying something new or trying something once more in the hopes of a better result. It’s how we… Continue reading Pop to it