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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… [ Read More ]

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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… [ Read More ]

image from Jack Monroe's Bannocks Recipe

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… [ Read More ]

…and now to explain the “& Scones”

As I mention in my “A Little About Me”┬ápage, 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… [ Read More ]

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… [ Read More ]