Simple Scones

Scone with jelly on a plate and other scones on a cooling rack in the background.

It probably comes as no great shock to anyone, but growing up in the Midwest we didn’t eat a lot of scones. Okay, none. You got me. Which is why I’m excited to share my simple scones recipe with you today.

I was in England on business years ago, mostly around St. Anne’s and Blackpool on this particular trip, and I had the opportunity to be served what was then described as a proper scone.

This came about after I’d described an American dish known as biscuits and gravy.

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A Simple French Bread Baguette

French bread baguette slice

Julia Child once said, “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?”

I agree wholeheartedly. If you’re lucky enough to have a good bakery nearby, one where you can taste the care and skill and love and one you can afford regularly, cherish it and the baker inside. They are a gift.

Likewise, if someone in your life can make a good crusty loaf which you get to look forward to, cherish them and don’t take it for granted. (And let them know!)

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Banana Bread, Revisited

Slice of banana bread on a plate with a loaf and some butter in the background.

As you may remember, I wrote about my previous banana bread making adventure roughly a year ago. Needless to say, that adventure hasn’t ended (and possibly never will).

Over the last year, I’ve read literally hundreds of banana bread recipes and – you probably know this already but I wasn’t specifically aware – there are entire books published with nothing but dozens and dozens of banana bread recipes!

And I’ve learned some things.

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Brown Soda Bread

Brown Soda Bread is pantry simple and a quickly-made perfect complement to soups, stews, or even breakfast. Visit to learn more.

One of the kids calls my brown soda bread the “not pretty bread” or the “soup bread.” (That last one because it’s not really best for sandwiches. For that try muffuletta bread!)

But everyone loves it and their eyes light up when they see it resting on the board. Granted, any homemade bread tends to make that happen.

Myself, I like it best with a small pat of real salted butter, maybe a spoon of local jam or some local honey, and a bracing cup of coffee. It’s the simple joys.

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