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Sourdough starter discard decisions

In my never-ending quest to make my family’s diet less about commercial processed foods and more about wholesome ingredients, I make sourdough bread…without commercial yeast (yup, you read that right). I received the sourdough starter (descended from a batch more than a century old) for Mother’s Day, 2016, and after trial (and lots of errors),… [ Read More ]

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Sipping on Islay time

Ah, island time…unhurried, palm trees swaying in soft tropical breezes, white sandy beaches, fruity drinks with little umbrellas…(hold up there, where are we?) Oh, sorry…wrong island! You’ll forgive that this California girl has been to Hawaii, but never to Islay (although I really do want to go there someday). But you’re right, it’s Islay time we want to… [ Read More ]

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Bully Boy, Boston local

We celebrated Mother’s Day a couple of Sundays ago, and my family treated me to something I hadn’t done before…we toured a whiskey distillery. Oh, I’d visited breweries and wineries, but I’d yet to see in person how whisky was made. And since my dream trip to Scotland and Ireland hasn’t yet fallen into place,… [ Read More ]

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Say cheesecake!

I’m not one to create recipes…I leave that up to the professionals. Oh, I can riff on existing recipes to be sure (with decidedly mixed results), but coming up with and relentlessly testing new ideas? No, thanks. Luckily for me there are many high quality food websites and blogs that I’ve come to rely on…King… [ Read More ]

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Bourbon by any other name

Last week I held the Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-off Battle, pitting Clyde May’s Alabama-Style whiskey against Berkshire Bourbon Smoke & Peat in celebration of the Kentucky Derby. In that post I mentioned that I had actually tasted both these whiskies back in July but had never published my review. Well, Dear Reader, it’s time to rectify that… [ Read More ]

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It’s Moving Day!

Hi all! I’m excited to announce that I’m moving my blog to a new address…ScotchandScones.com! If you’re an email subscriber, no worries…you will automatically be sent to the new site. If you’re a WordPress.com follower, please head to my new URL and subscribe via emails (you’ll receive your laurel…and hearty handshake once done). Either way,… [ Read More ]

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The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! The week when we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he was doing… [ Read More ]

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Going bold

Go big or go home…what does that phrase mean to you? It’s often heard in ads about sports drinks or pickup trucks, something about determination and grit. For me, it implies plotting a course of action, then having the tenacity to bear it out even if there are challenges that seem daunting. In other words,… [ Read More ]

Feeding a crowd

Feeding a crowd

Happy (belated) Patriots’ Day, everyone! What, you don’t know what that is? Don’t feel bad…growing up in Southern California I’d never heard of it either, but trust me that it’s a big deal in Massachusetts. Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 (the “shot heard ‘round the world”) that signaled… [ Read More ]