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

Baking

Sharing is Caring

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

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Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Playing the Field

Okay, hands up...who knows what "terroir" means? I know all you wine aficionados do...put your hands down, smarty-pants. In wine making, terroir refers to the character imparted to the wine based on the environment in which the grapes are grown (like the type of soil in the vineyard, the amount of sunshine and temperature during… Continue reading Playing the Field

image from Jack Monroe's Bannocks Recipe
Baking

Finally…a recipe!

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!

Baking

…and now to explain the “& Scones”

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”

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Why do this?

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?