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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]