homemade shortbread, baking, desserts, love to bake, Scotland, Scottish shortbread, shortbread, Walkers shortbread

That’s the short of it

I’m not short, I’m fun sized That’s what is said on my older daughter’s license plate rim. And with her dad and mom at 5’4” and 5’2”, she comes by it honestly. My husband and I fit together nicely, so it works for us. However, both my girls are currently dating much taller guys (over… [ Read More ]

Glendalough Irish whiskey, Irish whiskey, whiskey, Glendalough Distillery

Expectations upended

I’ve said before how new I am to this world of whisky (yes, we believe you’ve mentioned that a time or two or twenty). I’m always feeling that I’m playing catch-up when I go to a tasting…that everyone there has a leg up on me. They know about scotch and bourbon and rye and how… [ Read More ]

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I’ll Have That On The Side… (Part II) Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 3

Quintessentially British is Clotted Cream Clotted cream is something I think of that is so part of the High Tea tradition, so British, that I always assume it will be provided with the scones. You know, as in “here are your scones with clotted cream and jam.” It just rolls off the tongue. However, in… [ Read More ]

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Run for the Roses…and Bourbon

It’s Derby Week Last weekend was the Kentucky Derby. How do I know this? Every restaurant I went into on Saturday had it on their TVs. How much do I know about it? Not much. My husband asked me which horse I would bet on (if I bet, which I don’t), and I replied, “The… [ Read More ]

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I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

What do you like to eat with scones? How about homemade Lemon Curd? Tea Time and Finger Food? Huh? But before I begin, you might be wondering about the title of this post. Let me explain…I love series, especially books. I love knowing that something is coming next, that I’ll be finding out what happens… [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]