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
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!
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
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?
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'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
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
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
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!