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
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
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
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
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)
I love cookies. They are portion-controlled bits of food hugs. Even the word cookie is derived from the Dutch word kwoekjes, meaning "little cake" (anglicized to "cookie" by the early 1700s). As a side note, the British use the term "biscuit" just to mess up us Americans, who think of biscuits as a flaky Southern… Continue reading Sharing is Caring
In my last post I told you about science and magic and my approach to baking (in case you missed that fascinating dissertation, you can find it here). Now it's time to get to the meat of the "& Scones" half of this blog (no pun intended)... [Insert trumpet fanfare here] Today we're going to… Continue reading Finally…a recipe!
As I mention in my "A Little About Me" page, I love cooking and especially baking. Where else do you get the melding of magic and science? What magic, you say? Look what happens when flour, sugar, and butter are combined and subjected to heat...Scotch Shortbread appears! Voila! Well, maybe not quite "voila" but you get… Continue reading …and now to explain the “& Scones”
I am a new scotch whisky drinker. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a margarita or two. But I only started trying scotch… Continue reading Why do this?