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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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Once ’round the sun

A year has past… Yep, that title is right…it’s been one year since I started this blog, my “blogversary” as it were. There’s been a whole lot of baking and whisky tasting going on! I started this project just to have a place to keep my notes on scotch tastings and do a little British/Scottish… [ Read More ]

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Fangirling & scotch

So I’m a fan of this show… I might have mentioned 1 or 2 times (or a 100…I lose track) that I’m a fan of Outlander, the STARZ TV show and the book series by Diana Gabaldon. And by that, I mean I’m an I’ve-gone-off-the-deep-end-and-am-now-treading-the-water-there sort of fan. I discussed my obsession and how it… [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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…and now to explain the “& Scones”

As I mention in my “A Little About Me” page, I love cooking and especially love baking. Where else do you get the melding of magic and science? What magic, you say? Look what happens when flour, sugar, and butter are combined and subjected to heat…Scotch shortbread appears! Voila! Well, maybe not quite “voila” but you… [ Read More ]

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Why do this?

New to whisky I am a new scotch whisky drinker, and I’m still learning about scotch. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a… [ Read More ]