Favorite Easy Scones

This post required  a proper pot of tea, a stack of cookbooks, and the fortitude to sift through various and strong opinions on scones. First we have the difference between a true British scone and what  you will find in a typical American coffee shop.  According to a Cook’s Illustrated article  it’s a fat to flour ratio issue and true British scones rarely have add-ins. They prefer their fat and…

Vacation Recovery

Just back from our summer road trip to Northern California to the Redwood National Park and up the Oregon coastline to participate in a jeep event.  It was amazing! We spent time among the trees, explored miles of beaches,   did a little off-roading,   a little camp cooking, and made quite a few trips to the Tillamook cheese factory.   We were happy campers! Well…truth be told, I wasn’t…

Summer Conference

Summer vacation is upon us. The last day of school was one week ago on Friday.  Lockers were cleaned out and by 1:00 we were celebrating with ice cream.  Finally!  Summer is here.   Saturday morning, hanging out in pjs, enjoying breakfast. Ahhh…good ole summertime. At approximately 2:00 I heard it.  I knew the words would come.  I just didn’t realize it would be so soon. “There&#8217…

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Last week I made ricotta cheese.  It took 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes of my time.  It’s so easy!  Ricotta is one of those ingredients that comes in a container on the dairy aisle.  It never occurred  to me that  I could make it at home.  I made it for the first time last spring after ordering “toast with housemade ricotta and jam” off the menu at my favorite bakery…