sourdough bagels, baking, love to bake, sourdough starter, sourdough starter discard, bread, bagels, Sally’s Baking Addiction, baking challenge

Sourdough starter discard decisions, Pt. 2

Too Much Starter I hadn’t used my sourdough starter discard for two weeks, and I didn’t feel like making pizza dough, bread dough, or focaccia…you know, my go-to recipes. But it was a bitter cold day and I wanted to bake something (my oven is a very effective heater in our small apartment). Enter the… [ Read More ]

whisky housecleaning, scotch, whisky, whiskey, bourbon, rye, Speyside, Canadian whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, blended scotch, blended whisky

Cleaning up, Pt. 2

Fun housecleaning…with whisky My confession…I hate housecleaning. I don’t mind cooking (obviously), doing laundry (as long as I can get through it in one day), and ironing (“iron” is a four-letter word, according to my Mother-in-Law). But housecleaning? No, thanks. Luckily I have a wonderful husband who doesn’t mind cleaning (and we have a small… [ Read More ]

Double Dark Chocolate Pudding, baking, desserts, love to bake, pudding, chocolate pudding, Almond Milk, Lauren’s Latest

Doing Improv

Will he or won’t he? I had a craving…one that could only be filled with chocolate pudding. There wasn’t any question about whether I’d use the boxed kind (perish the thought!). No…good, rich, Double Dark Chocolate Pudding is what I wanted, so I headed to the kitchen to gather the ingredients. Sugar…check. Dark chocolate cocoa powder…yup.… [ Read More ]

Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte, Octomore, scotch, whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, peated scotch, peated whisky, Islay, Scotland

More Sips from Islay

Islay…dense with distilleries Islay is a small island off the south-west coast of Scotland, only 25 miles across, yet it boasts eight whisky distilleries. Of those eight, I’ve tried and reviewed six: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, and Laphroaig (which is where I started my tasting journey). That leaves Lagavulin (which I’ve tried but haven’t formally… [ Read More ]

Pecan Snowballs, baking, love to bake, cookies, Christmas cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding cookies, Pecan Snowball cookies, Sally’s Baking Addiction, Jenny Can Cook

Snowballs in the kitchen

Memories of my Grandmother  I think most everyone can relate to a recipe that reminds them of a cherished relative. For my husband, his late grandmother’s Mandelbrot (a Jewish version of almond biscotti) was a cherished favorite. For me, it’s my late Sapta’s Russian Tea Cakes that bring me back to her home and her hugs…for… [ Read More ]

Passion for whisky, Dewar’s Fine Emporium, scotch, whisky, scotch whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, single malt, Highlands, Speyside, Dewer’s, Holly Seidenwand, Her Whisky Love, People of Whisky

Follow your heart

Pursuing Passion This blog is my labor of love. I love to taste whisky (thanks, Outlander!) and bake, and I’ve discovered that I love to share my experiences with you. It’s important to me to give you a new post each week, and (as my family will attest), I schedule my limited downtime in order to… [ Read More ]

Whiskey Caramel Sauce, Apple Almond Caramel Tart, baking, desserts, love to bake, caramel sauce, caramel, puff pastry, Apple Tart, Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie corn whiskey, Sally’s Baking Addiction, Epicurious, Rattlesnake Rosie’s

A Tart to Remember

Friends in the right places Recently my friend Ken Gordon (of Gordon’s DTX fame) handed me a half-full bottle of Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Corn Whiskey and asked me to “make something with it.” Thinking hard, I remembered that I had once made a Port Wine Caramel Millionaire’s Shortbread for pairing at a North Shore Whiskey Club scotch tasting, so… [ Read More ]

Arran Malt Collection, Isle of Arran, Island of Arran, scotch, whisky, scotch whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Gordon’s DTX, Outlander Cast

Small Island, Big Flavor

Scotland in Miniature That’s how the island of Arran, off the southwest Scottish coast, is described. With highlands, lowlands, and a beautiful coastline, Arran has a lot to recommend it for a visit. The fact that the Isle of Arran (the sole distillery on the island), produces The Arran Malt collection, an exceptional lineup of scotch,… [ Read More ]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, baking, desserts, love to bake, Pumpkin Bread, homemade, quick bread, Thanksgiving, Traditions

Quick Bread, Long Tradition

Ah, traditions… Traditions lend comfortable predictability to life, like a snuggly blanket on a chilly day. Here in the US we just celebrated Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the whole year. I love that my nuclear family gathers, if only for a few days (with one daughter living in the South, these moments are rare).… [ Read More ]

Balblair & Old Pulteney, scotch, whisky, scotch whisky, scotch tasting, whisky tasting, Highlands, Nick Taylor, Balblair, Old Pulteney, Brown Sugar Pie Bars

Tasting Once, Tasting Twice

Coincidence? Last weekend I went to a Balblair & Old Pulteney single malt scotch tasting hosted by the North Shore Whisky Club and presented by Nick Taylor. It was a pleasant evening, and I even got to pair a dessert for the group (more on that later). Not too long ago, I went to Whisky Wednesday at… [ Read More ]