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A Day In The Kitchen 
Oct. 1, 2013 12:51 pm 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 2:11 pm
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?
Jacked Cheddar Cheese Spread
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White Chocolate Almond Biscotti
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Dark Chocolate Cranberry Scones
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Oct. 1, 2013 12:58 pm
LOL - you shop like me! I'm always amazed when I stop at the store for a gallon of milk and my bill totals $75 or $100. I knew milk had gone up, but WOW! It's fun to unpack the bags, though, and see all the great stuff I got to go with that gallon of milk! Biscotti sounds good, scones do, too! Good luck at the swim meet - I'm assuming your daughter swims??
Oct. 1, 2013 1:57 pm
Yes, Mother Ann, my little girl, who is 16, is the swimmer. When did she grow up?!?!? She is such a gorgeous, smart and humorous young lady. 'Scuse me while I go oil my shotgun.
Oct. 1, 2013 2:16 pm
What a great read! I tend to get into serious trouble when i do spur of the mament shopping. The Hubby makes me design a shopping list before I walk out the door!
Oct. 1, 2013 2:29 pm
Terry, I used to make weekly menus and stick to that shopping list. Then I realized how much time I saved by winging it!
Oct. 1, 2013 5:27 pm
Doc - my husband (a hunter with multiple guns) always said when our daughter reached the dating age he would be sitting at the table cleaning all his guns when the boys came over. Her first date - the boy comes in, sits down to wait for Kristi and looks over at the guns - "Hey! I have one just like that one! My Grandpa has one like that!" Plan didn't work - we live in a rural area and most boys have shot a gun by the time they're 8 or 9 years old - they weren't intimidated. :) They do grow up fast! My baby (the boy) is 24 years old; daughter is 28.
Oct. 1, 2013 5:54 pm
I highly recommend two older brothers, they are more subtle than guns. Isn't it amazing how a loaf of bread and container of milk can set you back all that money?
Oct. 1, 2013 6:18 pm
Guns are my only hope since I can't travel in time and arrange for older brothers. I'm counting on the insanity plea. Should be a piece of cake!
Oct. 2, 2013 7:02 am
I love biscotti & scones, too. I hadn't thought of chips and cranberries together, but saw a post on the buzz that mentioned chocolate covered dried cranberries & want them! I'll try your scones if I can't find them...RE: shopping - How about going in for 1 item & coming out with everything BUT what you went in for? I HATE when that happens!
Oct. 2, 2013 3:12 pm
scootersandi, it happens all too often. My wife will ask me, "Where's the orange juice?" My answer is usually visual: slumped shoulders and lurching towards the door.
Oct. 3, 2013 5:51 am
Shopping! Just what I am headed out the door to do today. I know it will be $$$$$$$. It's stockup shopping. What I hate is getting home with all that stuff and thinking "now what's for dinner". My son likes scones I'll have to try your recipe!
Oct. 3, 2013 7:38 am
Your treats look yummy, Doc! You sound like my Dad when my sister and I were teens. No brothers, so he would make threats like that. Too funny. It's so easy to stray at the grocery store amidst all the distractions of goodness. I tend to get in trouble in the gourmet cheese section. At the time I have no kitchen, so my trips have been few. You've inspired me to make scones (which admittedly I've never made), so those ingredients will be on my list when I'm up and running again. Nice to hear from you.
Oct. 4, 2013 2:11 pm
I have been making excuses for not making biscotti. Such as too hot, outside, but your biscotti is motivating me to make some. As soon as I can motivate myself to go to the store. You need to develop a steely stare like my husband did when my daughter was dating.
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I'm old and smelly, kinda like a really good salami with that really nice white mould all over it.
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Meat, carbs, meat, carbs, meat, carbs and did I mention meat?
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Drop a plate of Pierogis and sausages in front of me and watch my eyes glaze over in pure joy.
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Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Krautsalat. Also Edel Hirsch Gulasch was very nice. I make killer Spaetzle and Knockerl also.
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