exotic cask finishes, food pairing, cask influence

Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

The art of finishing whisky The wonderful thing about whisk(e)y in general, and scotch in particular, is the great variety that can be achieved by in what (and how long) the distillate is aged. I’ve already written about how the scotch industry reuses casks (See What’s old is new again for that riveting discussion). Indeed, much of… [ Read More ]

trifle, baking, desserts, layered dessert, parfait, pound cake, pudding, Michael Ruhlman, ratios, whipped cream, homemade

It’s but a Trifle

Layers upon layers When I think about layers, several different images pop into my head. The scientist part of me immediately goes to sedimentary rock…layers upon layers of compressed silt and mud from ancient sea beds, trapping and fossilizing plants and animals alike. Southern California has many places where those rocks were thrust up into… [ Read More ]

peated whisky, Beam Suntory, scotch, whisky, Scotland, Irish whiskey, Japanese whisky, Highlands, Islay

Where there’s smoke, there’s…PEAT!

Peated Whisky, what does it mean? I few weeks back I was lucky enough to attend the Whiskey Weekend event at Julio’s Liquor’s in Westbourgh, MA. They had a series of tasting events that lasted over several days, but the one I was most interested in was a tasting presented by Simon Brooking, US Beam… [ Read More ]

last minute treats, jam tarts, small desserts, dough scraps, Christina Lane, Dessert for Two, freezing dough, last minute desserts, baking, desserts

In a Jam

Making use of everything There was an old song, “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake!”…the idea being that having a tasty dessert on hand for last minute guests was a daunting challenge. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not true…with a little prep work. Yes I understand that “last… [ Read More ]