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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Six Week Muffins Handed Down

Six week muffin on a plate with muffin tin of eleven more muffins in the background.

I remember the first time we stayed with Grandma Louise, my wife’s grandmother, and that first morning where the smell of fresh-baked muffins and brewing coffee filled the house like a more-civilized alarm clock nudging me awake as the sun began to seep gently under the window curtain.

I shuffled out to the kitchen table in my nice pajamas, eager to discover the source of this foreign wonderfulness and with an easy smile and cheery “good morning” she set a plate of these muffins and a cup of coffee in front of me, steam still rising lazily from each.

It’s muffin time.

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Eggs, Asparagus, and Shrimp

scrambled eggs, fresh asparagus, and gulf shrimp served on a plate with a glass of orange juice

A lazy weekend breakfast of scrambled eggs, asparagus, and shrimp. If you prepare the shrimp beforehand, store it in the refrigerator, it comes together in no time.

I do have a habit of incorporating leftovers in my eggs — almost regardless of what they are, like spaghetti, or enchiladas, you name it.

But this combination is good enough and special enough to make on purpose!

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Shakshuka

shakshuka in the pan ready to eat with bread in the background

How can a dish with this much flavor and complexity and layers not be on my radar?! Let alone not in my regular meal planning rotation (like it is now)?

See, I thought it was just me.  I felt like I must be the only person in the world who has never heard of shakshuka.

But then I asked around and talked to other people. And for some, like me, it was indeed a word they’d never heard before. And when I described the dish itself, again like me, they looked dubious at best.

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