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Whiskies of the World 2008: An Interview with Riannon Walsh

Whiskies of the World 2008: An Interview with Riannon Walsh

| March 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

The 9th Annual Whiskies of the World Expo takes place in San Francisco on March 28th and 29th. Recently, I spoke with Riannon Walsh, the engaging and energetic founder and organizer of this popular Bay Area event. So this year marks the 9th annual Whiskies of the World expo. It must be very exciting to […]

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Country Ham ‘n All the Fixins

Country Ham ‘n All the Fixins

| February 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

My dad grew up in West Virginia, and is a true lover of good ‘ol Southern food. Biscuits and gravy, slow-smoked ribs, fried chicken, creamy potato salad, braised greens, key lime pie, and country ham with red-eye gravy. Now, I’ve been hearing about country ham for a good long while, but having grown up in […]

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Burns Night and Ode to a Haggis

Burns Night and Ode to a Haggis

| January 24, 2008 | 6 Comments

Haggis. For some reason, that word seems to conjure looks of extreme disgust on the faces of most Americans. “Do you even know what it is?” I ask. Or, better yet, in between the “icks” and “ews” I question “Have you ever even tasted it?” Not surprisingly, most people answer with a sheepish “No.” Granted, […]

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hunter gatherer: chanterelles in big sur

hunter gatherer: chanterelles in big sur

| December 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

The day after Thanksgiving is rapidly becoming one of my favorite foodie holidays. Each year we trek down to Monterey to visit our friends and their family, and participate in what proves to be an even more elaborate and decadent feast than the previous day. This year, for the first time, I went down for […]

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gobble gobble: what to do with your thanksgiving leftovers

| November 22, 2007 | 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite holiday of the year (ok, I love Christmas too) because it’s a time when I get together with my friends and prepare a delicious feast (always a good thing in my book), and look back over the past year and think about how lucky and grateful I am for […]

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Chocolate + Whisky Tasting at WhiskyFest 2007

Chocolate + Whisky Tasting at WhiskyFest 2007

| November 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, last week I shared some general musings on the first annual San Francisco WhiskyFest hosted by Malt Advocate. And as you can see from my first post, we tried quite a few whiskies. Throughout the evening, there were numerous seminars offered to attendees, beyond the tastings on the main floor–from […]

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Musings from WhiskyFest 2007

Musings from WhiskyFest 2007

| November 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

First of all, let me just say that I am not a whisky expert. In fact, I’ve only just begun my whisky journey. But I’m learning fast, and I’m taking notes. And I am very enthusiastic about it. Recently, for my husband’s birthday, I bought tickets to Malt Advocate’s WhiskyFest. Now, my husband is part […]

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Ice Cream Decadence and Banana Splits

Ice Cream Decadence and Banana Splits

| October 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

What is the most decadent dessert you can think of? For me, and my childhood memories of trips to Wolfie’s in Miami Beach, Florida, it’s a tall ice cream sundae or a giant banana split, with no less than 2 scoops of ice cream, rivers of hot fudge, and a mountain of whipped cream (hold […]

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Fresh and Saucy: End of Season Tomato Sauce

Fresh and Saucy: End of Season Tomato Sauce

| October 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Get ‘em while you can…Before tomatoes are gone for the season, do yourself a favor (you’ll thank yourself in a few months when you are longing for that delicious tangy-sweet tomato flavor and all you can find in the stores are red globe-shaped styrofoam replicas masquerading as tomatoes) and buy a big huge bag of […]

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End of Summer Lament and Ode to a Cranberry Bean

End of Summer Lament and Ode to a Cranberry Bean

| September 24, 2007 | 3 Comments

It’s that time of year again, the days start to get shorter, the sun no longer wakes me up before my alarm clock (now I actually have to start setting my alarm clock), and I must begin to convince myself that summer is on the way out. In fact, there is a distinct chill in […]

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salmon cakes, mothers-in-law, and whisky?

salmon cakes, mothers-in-law, and whisky?

| September 20, 2007 | 4 Comments

I recently got married (and changed my name from Kim Goodfriend to Kim Laidlaw, in the off chance that there was any confusion) and my new mother-in-law and her partner, who I’ve only met on one other occasion, came to visit us…all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. Now, I adore my mother-in-law, but I was […]

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Plum Chutney: Tales from the Backyard

Plum Chutney: Tales from the Backyard

| July 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Canning for me conjures up childhood memories of being in the kitchen with my mom and her friends, usually on a hot steamy Texas summer day, and “putting up” bread and butter pickles, fresh raspberry jam (with seeds!), and ripe whole tomatoes. Even with the sweat pouring down your face, there’s no better time to […]

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