Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Of Vikings and Volume

Pride…it’s an emotion that can elicit both positive or negative reactions. Too much pride in one’s abilities leads to boastfulness and hubris (a negative judgement), yet pride in one’s heritage, or adherence to quality work is encouraged. Whenever I research a distillery for the various tasting panels I present here, I’m struck by the pride… Continue reading Of Vikings and Volume

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Baking

Check(erboard) your cake

I read a lot of food blogs, and their Pinterest-perfect presentations often inspire and challenge me. One such recipe was for a Checkerboard Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I had been intrigued as to how it was made, and when I saw that the steps looked easy enough, I decided to give it a go. And… Continue reading Check(erboard) your cake

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Once ’round the sun

Yep, that title is right…it’s been one year since I started this blog, my blog-versary as it were. There’s been a whole lot of baking and whisky tasting going on! I started this project just to have a place to keep my notes on scotch tastings and do a little British/Scottish baking, but it’s really… Continue reading Once ’round the sun

Baking

It’s crunch time

I like things that crunch. In the Fall, I’ll go out of my way to step on the dried leaves…I love hearing that satisfying crunch underfoot. And if the leaf doesn’t crunch, I’m disappointed. The worst are those leaves that look perfectly crunchy, only to have them either disintegrate without a sound or kind of… Continue reading It’s crunch time

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Time well spent

It’s nice when generations can spend time together. Not just for the companionship, but for the passing of knowledge that only comes from experience. It seems to me that in the whisky and bourbon industries, you see a lot of kids following their parents into the distilling business, starting at the bottom rung of the… Continue reading Time well spent

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

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