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 ]

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 – Last Minute Jam Tarts 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.… [ Read More ]

age of whiskey, Paul John, Kavalan, Taiwanese whisky, Indian whisky, single malt whisky

Hurry up & wait

Age is Just a Number Walking around Boston between September and June you’d think the city is overrun by 18-22 year olds, and you’d be right…there are about 65 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and those students are everywhere. The funny thing is that when I’m out walking around and see all… [ Read More ]

whisky or whiskey, Irish whiskey, whisky, whiskey, Ireland

Can I buy a vowel?

Whisky or Whiskey? What’s in a name…an ‘e’, yes or no? When my girls were little and we would be waiting for something/someone (think doctor’s office, mechanics, restaurant table, etc.), I would play a little spelling game with them based on their favorite show at the time, “Wheel of Fortune” (in my house aka “the… [ Read More ]

making pie crust, hand pies, Michael Ruhlman, Ratios, Theresa-Carle Sanders, Outlander Kitchen, Outlander, King Arthur Flour, Epicurious, Pi Day

Easy as Pi (Day)

Wait, what’s Pi Day? Pie is sublime. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against cakes (even with the slightly overdone cupcake phase we’re in), cookies (see my recent post Sharing is Caring for my thoughts about cookies), or ice cream in general…in fact, I encourage them all with equal gusto. But there’s something special… [ Read More ]

recycling casks for scotch, cask finish, Balvenie Doublewood, scotch, whisky, whiskey, Scotland, Speyside

What’s old is new again

I’ll admit it…I’m a tree hugger. Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I’m in favor of trees in a natural setting…forests, woods, glens, glades…you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… [ Read More ]

sharing cookies, mocha truffle cookies, better homes & gardens, cookies, cooking with kids, biscuits

Sharing is Caring

Cookie Philosophy I love cookies. They are portion-controlled bits of food hugs. Even the word cookie is derived from the Dutch word kwoekjes, meaning “little cake” (anglicized to “cookie” by the early 1700s). Sharing cookies is easy and so fulfilling…it plays to the food is love caring part of my soul. As a side note,… [ Read More ]

scotch whisky terroir, scotch, whisky, terroir, Scotland, Speyside, Islay, Highlands, Chieftain’s Collection

Playing the Field

The importance of scotch whisky terroir Okay, hands up…who knows what “terroir” means? I know all you wine aficionados do…put your hands down, smarty-pants. In wine making, terroir refers to the character imparted to the wine based on the environment in which the grapes are grown (like the type of soil in the vineyard, the… [ Read More ]

Scottish bannocks, bannocks, oatcakes, sourdough bannocks, Outlander Kitchen, Theresa Carle-Sanders, Scotland

Finally…a recipe!

Time for bannocks In my last post I told you about science and magic and my approach to baking (in case you missed that fascinating dissertation, you can find it here). Now it’s time to get to the meat of the “& Scones” half of this blog (no pun intended)…Today we’re going to talk about… [ Read More ]