Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

The wonderful thing about whisk(e)y in general, and scotch in particular, is the great variety that can be achieved by in what (and how long) the distillate is aged. I’ve already written about how the scotch industry reuses casks (See What’s old is new again for that riveting discussion). Indeed, much of what I’ve tasted in my… Continue reading Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

Baking

It’s but a Trifle

When I think about layers, several different images pop into my head. The scientist part of me immediately goes to sedimentary rock…layers upon layers of compressed silt and mud from ancient sea beds, trapping and fossilizing plants and animals alike. Southern California has many places where those rocks were thrust up into hills and mountains,… Continue reading It’s but a Trifle

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Where there’s smoke, there’s…PEAT!

I few weeks back I was lucky enough to attend the Whiskey Weekend event at Julio's Liquor’s in Westbourgh, MA. They had a series of tasting events that lasted over several days, but the one I was most interested in was a tasting presented by Simon Brooking, US Beam Suntory Brand Ambassador. I have attend… Continue reading Where there’s smoke, there’s…PEAT!

Baking

In a Jam

There was an old song, "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake!"...the idea being that having a tasty dessert on hand for last minute guests was a daunting challenge. Well, I'm here to tell you that's not true...with a little prep work. Yes I understand that "last minute" and "prep work"… Continue reading In a Jam

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Hurry up & wait

Walking around Boston between September and June you'd think the city is overrun by 18-22 year olds, and you'd be right...there are about 65 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and those students are everywhere. The funny thing is that when I'm out walking around and see all these kids around me, in… Continue reading Hurry up & wait

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Time for Tea

Last weekend I went to High Tea with my older daughter at a lovely English tearoom called Fancy That in Walpole, MA. It was the 20th time that we went to tea for her birthday. The first time we went she was 5 years old because I wanted to have a "Mommy Date" with her to… Continue reading Time for Tea

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Can I buy a vowel?

Whisky or Whiskey? What's in a name...an 'e', yes or no? When my girls were little and we would be waiting for something/someone (think doctor's office, mechanics, restaurant table, etc.), I would play a little spelling game with them based on their favorite show at the time, "Wheel of Fortune" (in my house aka "the… Continue reading Can I buy a vowel?

Baking

Easy as Pi (Day)

Pie is sublime. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against cakes (even with the slightly overdone cupcake phase we're in), cookies (see my recent post Sharing is Caring for my thoughts about cookies), or ice cream in general...in fact, I encourage them all with equal gusto. But there's something special about pie. Perhaps it's… Continue reading Easy as Pi (Day)

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

What’s old is new again

I'll admit it...I'm a tree hugger. Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I'm in favor of trees in a natural setting...forests, woods, glens, glades...you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… Continue reading What’s old is new again