its moving day, moving my blog

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 ]

the-great-bourbon-brownie-bake-off-battle

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 ]

bold Kavalan whisky, Taiwan, Taiwanese whisky

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 ]

not playing favorites

Not Playing Favorites

I don’t have a favorite child – they’re both my favorite. My daughters are unique and wonderful, and that’s not just because I’m their mom…just ask anyone and they’ll tell you the same. I love them fiercely and equally, and I’m quite the Mama Bear when required (don’t mess with a red-headed mama is my… [ Read More ]

salted matzah toffee, smoffee

Smoffee mania

This week is Passover, and it’s always a challenge. No flours, no yeast, no leaveners… generally speaking a baker’s nightmare. Oh, there are all sorts of adaptations and substitutions you can make (egg white meringues, anyone?), but there is only so much you can do to keep your cake and cookie cravings at bay. Mostly,… [ Read More ]

Irish Whiskey Traditions

(Pot) Still Traditions

History and tradition grounds me. A few years ago I took one of those genetic DNA tests, and unlike so many people I know, there was very little ethnic diversity in my gene pool. What those results meant to me was that, despite my not being able to trace back my family tree beyond a… [ Read More ]

pie-math

Pi(e) Math

Last week was Pi Day (March 14th, or 3/14), a day fully created to make my math tutor/chef’s heart skip a beat. I love the number-to-date relationship (not to bring back nightmares from Geometry, but pi (∏), an irrational number representing the ratio between the circumference and diameter of a circle, is 3.14159…). I, of… [ Read More ]

Scotland scotch regions

All over the place

It’s not news that Scotland has many different regions where scotch is produced, and it’s not news to say that those regions each have their own unique flavor signature. What is interesting is when the scotch is blended to represent and highlight the best of what each region has to offer, and we get to… [ Read More ]

Bean seeing you

You know how you sometimes see little brown specks in baked goods, custards or frostings? No, those aren’t dirt from a careless chef…they’re something wonderful that adds a delicious flavor to all they touch: real vanilla bean seeds. Vanilla beans can be expensive and messy, but they’re oh so worth the effort…the flavor they impart… [ Read More ]