What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
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Home Baked Comfort, Williams-Sonoma’s latest baking book, promises to get you baking with over a hundred recipes for delectable, homemade treats.
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 […]
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 […]
After our wild night of haggis, neeps, and tatties, we had a least half a stockpot full of my husbands’ famous, delicious, light and fluffy mashed potatoes. The only reason they hadn’t been demolished during our Burns Night feast is because we stowed them away on top of the fridge and promptly forgot about them […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s been over two years since I first posted here on BAB about the trials and tribulations of making pizza at home and yet not much has changed in my pizza world. I’m still the obnoxiously opinionated, obsessive pizza lover that I’ve always been, rarely without some kind of criticism. My standards are high, I […]
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 […]