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Heading South for Pie

Food Regionality Back when I was in culinary school, one of the first lab classes I took was American Regional Cuisine (ahh…memories). Each week we made a meal based on the area of the country we were studying, and it was an interesting class for me because I was unfamiliar with many of the dishes. When… [ Read More ]

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It’s an Exclusive

Speaking out against hate…again Before we start this week’s post, I have to express my horror, sorrow, and anger about the massacre in a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend. I’ve had to speak out against hate before, and I can’t believe I have to do it again. A pathetic, cowardly excuse for a human decided that… [ Read More ]

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A Fall Classic

It’s a tradition It’s the prime time for Fall…the leaves here in New England are beautiful, and this California-girl-turned-Bostonian will not miss a chance to enjoy the colors to the fullest. In fact, it’s become sort of a tradition for my husband and I to head to northern New Hampshire to go “leaf peeping” (along… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 3

It’s all about the base  This week I’m wrapping up how I made the TARDIS cake for my new son-in-law. In Part 1 I told you about the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting my younger daughter & I used for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake layers, and Part 2 was the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake… [ Read More ]

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It’s a gift, Pt. 2

Get them while you can  There are many scotch expressions that we can’t get here in the US (at least, not easily). When I hear of family or friends traveling to the UK, I’ll ask them if they can find a specific whisky for me. Case in point, I’ve been trying to get another bottle… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 2

A cookie as cake Show of hands…how many of you like Chocolate Chip Cookies? Sixty-three…Sixty-four…ok, lots of you. Now what if that cookie was turned into a cake, soft and chewy, with that enticing brown sugar flavor, and layered with a thick dark chocolate buttercream frosting…drooling yet? I certainly am. In my last baking post… [ Read More ]

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Doing great things

Not your normal scotch tasting I went to the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival this past weekend, the fourth time I’ve gone. It was there that I first tasted scotch at the Laphroaig tasting with Simon Brooking, and that little sip led me down a winding path to here (see Why do this? for more… [ Read More ]

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How to delight a fan, Pt. 1

Make it a surprise   In my last baking post (two weeks ago…my how time flies!), I talked about the DIY Wedding Cake my younger daughter and I made for my older daughter’s wedding, and I mentioned the TARDIS cake we made for the groom. We all wanted to surprise him (both daughters and I), and boy did it… [ Read More ]

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It’s a gift

…of High Rye whisky Recently I was given two gifts, one a gift of history, the other a gift of love. And both were gifts of high rye whiskey, something that I can now appreciate (I remember when rye was a novelty for me…ah, memories…). Longtime readers know that I love history and family lore.… [ Read More ]

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DIY Wedding Cake

** NEWS FLASH!! ** We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you the news that my beautiful older daughter and her loving (and tall) fiancé were married this past Sunday, on what was my husband’s and my 34th wedding anniversary! It was a wonderful day, filled with family and friends from far and near,… [ Read More ]