approachable whisky, Kentucky bourbon, Alabama-style bourbon, Speyside scotch, Highland scotch, Islay scotch

It’s summertime…the sipping is easy

What does it mean when a whisky is termed approachable? I don’t know about you, but to me it means that dram is gentle, i.e. it doesn’t hit you over the head with a blast of strength, spiciness, or smoke. That expression might be the entry to a particular distillery’s range of offerings, or just… [ Read More ]

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Lovely homemade limoncello

The beauty of writing a blog about scotch (and other whisky reviews) and scones (and other yummy baked goods) is that the two subjects generally don’t intersect, so I can write about double the topics. Occasionally I’ll write a “crossover” post where I’ve baked with alcohol (e.g. Kahlua cake or bourbon brownies) or have gotten to… [ Read More ]

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Breaking down bottled in bond bourbon

I have always been fascinated by history…why things are the way they are now are largely affected by what happened in the past and how people reacted to those circumstances. Growing up in the (largely bland) suburbs of Los Angeles, the only recognizable historical buildings were the Spanish missions that run up the state. But… [ Read More ]

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In a temper with chocolate

Working with chocolate puts me in a temper (Hahaha!…wait, you don’t get the joke? Keep reading, then…). That’s not to say that I don’t love eating the food of the gods…good dark chocolate is one of the pleasures in life, and it’s healthy, too – full of anti-oxidants and flavonoids and all sorts of other… [ Read More ]

Hidden Marsh Distillery, Montezuma Winery, Cayuga Wine Trail

A fortuitous find along the trail

Isn’t it wonderful when you find hidden gems along the road? I was recently in upstate New York in the Finger Lakes region with my family, heading home. We decided that we wanted to stop at one of the many wineries & distilleries that dot the area (the entire greater northeastern US is booming with… [ Read More ]

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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 ]

bully boy, Boston whiskey distillery

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 ]

lemon curd marbled cheesecake, cheesecake, lemon curd

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 ]