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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Homemade Guacamole

Homemade guacamole in a molcajete surrounded by tortilla chips.

Before we do anything else, let’s all agree that good guacamole begins with good avocados.

And as a matter of fact, if we did nothing other than mash up a couple of good avocados and sprinkle it with a pinch of salt or two, it’d still be pretty great.

Granted, almost no one stops there. But you could easily enough! The best guacamole tends to be the simplest.

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Cocoa Brownies

brownies served on a plate

I use the term Pantry Simple to mean a recipe I don’t normally have to go shopping to make and my Cocoa Brownies are just such a recipe.

See, never have I said to myself, “Hey, Bill, let’s have brownies next Thursday.

No, instead, brownies are always a spur of the moment treat. Usually a sudden-onset craving situation. Often prompted by one of the kids.

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Slow-roasted Nuts with Sage Leaves

slow-roasted nuts with sage leaves served in a bowl on a table

Roasted nuts are one of our go-to snacks: peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, you name it. And these slow-roasted nuts with sage leaves take that to the next level.

Serve with lemonade, beer, wine, cocoa, tea, coffee, or what have you. It all works.

And don’t get me started on how welcoming the house smells when your people walk in the door.

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