After dropping my daughter off at school today, I treated myself to a Cappuccino and a blueberry scone. For some reason, I just kept driving west this morning. I went through Ghent, fondly remembering the pizza I had at KB's.
The morning light was glorious on the fields of corn and soy. As I drove through this glory, I was munching on my scone and thinking to myself, "This has the gummy texture of a store bought cookie, not a home baked scone." It was so disappointing. By the time
I had gotten to Porter, Minnesota (half way between Taunton and Canby, Minnesota) I had made up my mind to try baking scones.
Armed with focus, resolve and determination, I wheeled my vehicle around and headed for the store. By the time I got into the store focus had gone off somewhere more interesting. Still, I was resolved to be determined. I was surprised to find out that the price
for scone supplies topped $100 when I went to the checkout. Losing focus can be costly!
When I finally got home to unload my vehicle (pronounced vee-HICK-l) I was delighted to find a whole chicken, which immediately went into a brine of 4 ounces of kosher salt, 5 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon each sage and rosemary,
followed by 1 tablespoon of cracked peppercorns. Tonight I will remove it from the brine and put it back in the refrigerator, uncover overnight. The skin should be very dry by the time I put it in the roaster.
As I continued to unload my bags, I realized that I had all of the makings for a cheese spread that had been rolling around in the empty spaces between my ears for a few days. How serendipitous! I whipped it together in no time and put it in the refrigerator
until this evening. I've posted the recipe here:
Jacked Cheddar Cheese Spread
Digging further into the bags I pulled out all kids of sodium laden noodle bowls, chips and sundries. Oh yeah! Care package for my college girl!
Finally! Coffee, almond and orange extracts, sliced almonds, white chocolate morsels, dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips came out of my bags. Now we're talking scones! Or are we talking biscotti? Where did my focus go?!?!? Ok. Biscotti first, then scones
if I have time. It's already 3 PM, and I haven't even got the biscotti done. There's a swim meet in 3 hours! I wonder if it'll all get done?