Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Scone News - Ho Ho Ho!

How to avoid the “Naughty” list:

1. No laughing or calling names. Even when the guy from out-of-state is tailing you on Westchester Avenue, or flies through the stop sign in Scotts Corners. Maybe he’s got somewhere really important to go?

2. Let all the reindeer play reindeer games. Even if he’s got a big fat red nose, or other unsightly appendage. You’re probably not America’s next top model.

3. Forget the Pop Tarts and the Frosted Flakes…have warm scones for breakfast on Christmas morning. Pick them up at Mrs. Larkin’s on Wednesday morning, (that’s Christmas Eve before noon). And then on Christmas morning, just pop them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes…mmmm…heaven.

Oh, there will be merriment and glee in your house, I’m sure. And not a naughty-lister in sight. Happy Holidays!


Mrs. Larkin

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Scone News - You Can Ring My Bell

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and ate sufficient amounts of turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans. MMMM…I can smell it all over again. Thanks to all of you who ordered scones and stuff for your feast. Glad I could be a part of your celebration! Let me know if you need anything for the upcoming holidays. See attached PDF for Mrs. Larkin’s Holiday menu.

The house smells so good right now. I’m baking pumpkin bread (it is really really good) for the Pancake Breakfast bake sale on Saturday. Slathered with butter. Cup of tea on the side. Hits that sweet spot fo shizzle. Hopefully, I will be able to produce said pumpkin bread on Saturday, and not eat it all beforehand.

So if you’re wondering “What will Mrs. Larkin do with herself during the long, dark days of winter, when she could be out at the Farmers Market every Sunday freezing her patootee off selling scones?”, I’ll tell you…

This Sunday, December 7th, I won’t be down on the corner BUT I will have a limited supply of MINI chocolate chip, cranberry-orange, and blueberry scones here at Scone Headquarters (a.k.a. 22 Lower Trinity Pass, Pound Ridge, just a hop-skip from the corner.) Smaller than the regular scone (hence the “mini”), they’re available at bargain-basement scone prices; $2 each. Come on by and snatch ‘em up (and pay for them, of course.) First come, first served. You snooze, you lose.

The early bird catches the worm, er, mini scone.

Mrs. Larkin

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Scone News - No Sugar Tomorrow

Sorry, folks…due to the impending bad weather, I will not be at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market tomorrow, November 30th. Stay tuned for future Scone News to see when I’ll be back.

Don’t forget Near & Natural in Bedford Village (delivering M, W, Sat) and the Pound Ridge Sunoco station, formerly known as the Shell station (delivering M, W, F), to get your scone jones.

Local happenings…if you want to see with your own eyes Mrs. Larkin wielding her mighty spatula, come to the Pound Ridge Elementary School Pancake Breakfast, taking place the morning of Saturday, December 6th. It’s a 50’s diner theme, and a fundraiser for the 5th graders, so grab your leather jacket, your poodle skirt and be there or be square!


Mrs. Larkin

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Scone News - I See Hungry People

Thanksgiving is one of the most loved holidays…whether you’re Christian, Jewish, the electric company or a turkey farmer. You can add scone bakers onto that list too. Well, I’ve always loved Thanksgiving, but now I love it more because I’m making a bunch of stuff for the smart cookies who placed their holiday scone orders. It’s like a circle of love… you love my scones (they make you happy), I love to bake (it makes me happy), and the electric company loves me right back, (I’m sure I’m making them very happy). I’m grateful to you all, even the electric company, for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.

While you’ve got that 20-pounder roasting away for half the day, and if you’re like me and need your Christmas music the second people start talking turkey, you might want to peruse my new holiday playlist on the scone blog. There’s something for everyone…rap singers, chain blingers, Linus, Lucy and Johnny Mathis. It’s not necessarily all Christmas music…I threw in the Hanukkah song and some Nirvana (no, really, it sounds like a cold, snowy day). Check it out below.

Hope to see you this Sunday, November 30th, at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market. It’s the last one of the season, can you believe it? I’ll be there at 11:00 a.m. But make haste! I don’t think I’ll be there very long, so come early if you can. Otherwise, I’ll be taking orders throughout the winter. Just call me at 764.7699 and place your scone order of a half-dozen or more for pick up.

And don’t forget, I’ll still be delivering to Near & Natural in Bedford Village. And stop in to see the new and improved Sunoco station (formerly known as the Shell station) here in Scotts Corners, where you might have noticed the prices have dropped closer to where your 401K can afford. That is, if you’ve still got one.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Mrs. Larkin

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Scone News - Gimme Some Sugar

Mr. Larkin and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary the other day. (that’s turquoise, if anyone’s interested in sending a gift.) He took off for a couple days and we got to spend a lot of quality time together...specifically, Swanky Franks in Norwalk, and X2O in Yonkers. Two restaurants on opposite extremes of the, shall we say, extravagance spectrum. Great dogs at Swanky Franks, which you can get either grilled or deep fried, baby. And the Yonkers Seafood Chowder at X20 was deelish (I know it sounds kinda suspect, but believe me, it was real good.) The views alone of the river and the Palisades are reason to schlep down to South Yonkers. If you haven’t been to either of these fine establishments, you must add them both to your bucket list.

Suffice it to say, the diet starts tomorrow (just in time for Thanksgiving). But I’ll still be cranking out scones for the Pound Ridge Farmers Market this Sunday, November 23rd. Thanks to all of you who came out in the cold last Sunday. Let’s think warm thoughts and hope for higher temperatures soon. The hot coffee will be flowing, so grab a coat and come on out!!! And Joan WILL have the fire going, I swear.

The last Farmers Market is just around the corner (November 30th). I’ll still be delivering to the Shell Station in Pound Ridge and Near & Natural in Bedford Village through the winter. And, rest assured, you can always call Mrs. Larkin to place your scone order of ½ dozen or more for pick up at Scone Central (a.k.a. my house).


Mrs. Larkin

Friday, October 17, 2008

My friends, magical things are happening in Pound Ridge. Free pizzas, scones on Sunday, pots of gold. Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. A pot of gold would be nice, but we’ll settle for a free pizza from Pinocchio’s in Scotts Corners. Seriously, they are giving away the pizza. And it was very good. So I urge you to call them, because I don’t know how long the magic will last. I’m guessing 11:00 p.m. cause that’s when they close on Fridays.

Upon receiving your free pizza, you’ll probably feel inclined to come to the scone stand on Sunday, October 19th, to thank Mrs. Larkin personally, and maybe buy a scone or two. If you don’t live in or near Pound Ridge, take your chances and come up on Sunday. The magic might still be lingering.

The Ginger-Pear Scones were a huge hit last week. Mrs. E. came by with the Welsh-folk, who are visiting from across the pond, and picked up a few flavors. They liked them so much, they came back for more. Which was a really nice compliment. I’ll have Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hungarian Shortbread, too. But wait! There’s more! Choco-Choco Chip Scones. And Pumpkin Scones. And Blueberry. And Cranberry-Orange. And Chocolate Chip. Scones aplenty.

Don’t forget – get your holiday orders in early. I’ll have holiday menus available at the scone stand on Sunday.



Mrs. Larkin

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Scone News - The Butcher, The Bakers, The Candlestick (and Soap) Maker

Thank you for all the kind words about the New York Times article. I’m grateful to so many of you for supporting what I do!! And if you’re wondering “What in the world is she talking about?” then check it: Holy Cow! It's Mrs. Larkin in the New York Times!

It was really nice to see so many of you last Sunday. Thanks for coming out on such a gray day. Luckily, the rain held off. The other Mrs. Larkin came up from down-county to lend a hand. And Miss Larkin was there for a while, too, so if you were triple-lucky that day, you got to see three generations of the Larkin ladies at work.

This weekend is shaping up to be real nice, weather-wise. It’s been downright chilly the past few days (and nights!) We’re boycotting the furnace for now. Which for me is very challenging since I’m always cold. The Marshall Oil guy just finished the Fall cleaning and said the oil burner is in ship-shape. So we’re ready for winter. (Ready or not, more like it.) The oven’s on a lot lately, so I figure I’ll just pop a squat in the kitchen and stay toasty warm.

So this Sunday, grab some cash from under your mattress, (the safest place these days it seems,) and come get yourself a truly scrumptious scone, a cuppa coffee, and other great things from John Boy, Bob the Baker, Mia the soap-and-candle lady, and Angela at Cucina Fiorelli. See you at the Farmers Market!


Mrs. Larkin

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Scone News - Some Like it Hot

Hoo Doggy! What a weekend! The scone stand was chock-a-block with excitement. Men and women in uniform, lots and lots of fire trucks, ambulances, sirens, flashing lights, oxygen-toting EMT’s and musical entertainment. Thanks to all of you who made it out to the Farmers Market and the Firemen’s Parade. I love it when friends come by, conscious or not, and keep me company. (Conscious is the preferred mental state, but I’ll take what I can get.)

I hope to see you again this weekend at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market on Sunday, October 5th, starting at 11:00 a.m. There’s a Craft Fair going on as well, so come early for optimal scone selection. I’ll have other tasty things, including Hungarian Shortbread and Crispy Chocolate Chip Crackalackin’ Cookies, Yo!

We had quite a nice response to last week’s trivia question. The answer was Loser by Beck. Sorry to all you non-winners. Here’s another chance to get crazy with the cheese whiz. You know the drill. The first correct answer wins the free scone. Good luck!

Which of the following do the Larkins collect:

a. Banana stickers
b. Tea pots
c. Vintage Nerf toys
d. Cookbooks
e. Rocks
f. State quarters
g. All of the above

OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS: NO PURCHASE OR BRIBERY OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE OR BRIBE WILL NOT IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING. Mrs. Larkin’s Trivia-of-the-week is only open to legal or illegal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, the whole world, and universe (with the exception of the Horsehead Nebula), except employees and their immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse [sorry, honey]), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. Tampering, peeping through windows, entering without knocking, or other unauthorized access to the Larkin household will immediately disqualify your entry, not to mention anger Mrs. Larkin who will wield her mighty oven mitt and flashlight and call the cops. Prize is one scone and one scone only. Mrs. Larkin limits the winning of trivia question scone to once every month. Let’s not be greedy, people.

Hey, in case you’ve been busy reenacting the Leatherman’s Loop this past week and/or you don’t get the New York Times, check out this link to a really nice article that appeared in last Sunday’s Westchester section. It’s all about Mrs. Larkin.
check out Mrs. Larkin in the NY Times! I’m especially grateful to Alice Gabriel for her kind words.

Hope to see you Sunday!


Mrs. Larkin

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Scone News - Get Crazy With The Cheese Whiz

You crazy kids, get your mind out of the gutter!

Yay! It’s Mrs. Larkin’s Trivia-of-the-Week! Be the first to name the song whose lyrics include this week’s Scone News title and you’ll win a free scone (or baked good of your choice, of equal or lesser value). Hint: Scroll down and peruse Mrs. Larkin's mighty playlist. Then listen carefully. It may take all day, like finding a needle in a haystack, so before you begin your beguine, stop by the Pound Ridge Farmers Market this Sunday, September 28th, starting at 11:00 a.m. and stock up on some Pumpkin, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Lemon-Ginger, or Cranberry-Cornbread Scones. There may even be a hint in this email…oh, I’m so mysterious!

Good luck to all those who have not won a trivia question before!!

See you at the scone stand!


Mrs. Larkin

Monday, September 15, 2008

Scone News - Insane Scone Posse

The natives are restless! Quick! Get the Pumpkin Scones! And then peace will once again prevail in the world. Or at least at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market this Sunday, September 21st, starting at 11:00 a.m. it will. No sense spending the day inside scrolling through your stock portfolio. Come get a fresh-baked scone, a cuppa joe and forget your troubles!

Thanks to all those who made it out to the Pound Ridge Country Fair last Saturday. The rain stopped, thank goodness. Which left the field a bit on the mucky side, and a lot of the exhibitors in a ditch of mud. I felt like one of John Boy’s Berkshire pigs, only not enjoying the feel of mud caking all over my ankles. If I could be any animal, I know I definitely would not want to be a pig. I’d be very cranky. I think I’m more of a three-toed sloth girl. I like to sleep. A lot. And I’m not a morning person, so waking at 6 a.m. to bake for you each Sunday is quite a challenge. But I really enjoy it.

So come on by, pull up a milk can, sit a spell, and we’ll shoot the breeze about your tanking Lehman investments, or what cut of Berkshire Pork you’ll be cookin’ up for Sunday dinner.


Mrs. Larkin

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Scone News - Hot Scones for Teacher

I’ve been thinking a lot about my skills lately, what with the excessive news coverage of the talented Governor Palin in all her moose-hunting glory. She sure is good with a gun. I can’t say I can field dress a moose, or any freshly killed game for that matter. But I’m pretty darn good at carving the turkey on Thanksgiving. Or a baked ham. And scones, well, scones I know I’m pretty good at, cause you all keep telling me so. So if an Alaskan moose hunt is on your radar anytime soon, you may need to get yourself Bub Hallett’s instructional video guide at Me, I’m sticking with roast turkey for now.

I got the nicest email from one of my new customers, who happens to be a teacher at Pound Ridge Elementary School. She said: “I am over the clouds and I will never be able to look at you the same way again in the halls of our school. Your scone is absolutely the best I have ever tasted in my entire life! I am eating it in phases, even saving some for tomorrow at school to soften the blow of the end of summer vacation. Truly scrumptious is an understatement. Where are they sold? Absolutely amazing!” Wow! I thought that was so nice. Guess who got a scone on the first day of school?

Thanks to all of you who came from near (Pound Ridge) and far (Yorktown Heights) last weekend. I hope you can make it back to the Pound Ridge Farmers Market this coming Sunday, September 14th starting at 11:00 a.m. I’ll have a very limited supply of scones. (The Larkins are going to a Mets game. Go Metsies!) So come early and say hello to Mrs. Larkin’s substitute at the scone stand.

And don’t forget about the Pound Ridge Country Fair this Saturday, September 13th at the town park! All the farmers will be there this year, including Mrs. Larkin. So come out, grab a scone and hang with the townies. It’s going to be a lot of fun! The party starts at noon on Saturday.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The "s" word's a love/hate relationship right now. I love them, for the most part. It's the waking up at 6 a.m. that I don't love so much. I am not a morning person. Just ask the Man. I'm baking for Near & Natural three days a week. Which is great. And I'm working in the store Mondays and Wednesdays. Come visit when you can. 1 Court Road, Bedford Village, NY. They've got the best coffee, great products and really good food. For N&N I'm using organic sugar, organic butter, organic rBST-free heavy cream, free-range vegetarian-fed hand-massaged hen eggs. Okay, I'm kidding about the hand-massaged part. Well, I don't really know WHAT they do to their chickens - they just might be massaging them, talking to them sweetly, reciting poetry, who knows. But the scones are pdg - pretty darned good.

Here are my crispy chocolate chip cookies - highly addictive. I try to supply them to my friends infrequently - I don't mean to be their enabler, but these cookies are soooo good you see, it's hard to just eat one. These were a staple in the house before the scone blitz. The cookie jar was ever-bountiful. Maybe I'll make them again this week.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I luv Nutella

I've been playin' around with this blog thing. I am so blog un-savvy, it's not funny. But I will make a feeble attempt, if only for your entertainment value. So bear with me.

The other night, or rather, many nights, (and days) our conversation goes something like this:
Me: "So, what do you guys feel like eating for dinner?"
Guys: "I don't know, what is there?"
"Grilled cheese?"
"What about pasta?"
The boy: "Yesssssss!"
The girl: "I don't feel like nachos."
"Okayyyyyy, how about Nutella crackers?"

Tonight, I actually cooked a meal...lasagna roll ups. Mix 15 oz. part-skim ricotta, (why can't they make it 16 oz.? Drives me crazy.), a handful of parmigiano reggiano, some diced mozzarella, a grating of nutmeg, dash of minced parsley, 2 eggs, and some salt. Next time, I'll use one egg; it was a little goopy. This gives you enough filling for 7 Ronzoni lasagna sheets, which I discovered after boiling the entire box. I wrapped up the leftovers and will do something inventive with them another day. I had a smidge of my leftover tomato sauce and a half jar of Rao's (very good stuff). Pour some sauce in bottom of baking dish. Spoon ricotta cheese mixture down length of lasagna pieces and roll up. Place on top of sauce in the baking dish. Fill baking dish with rolls and spoon more sauce and parmigiano over top. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees (convection) for 30 minutes, then 10 minutes uncovered. Let sit 10 minutes. It was really yummy.

Good night!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Day One!

Well, here goes nothin. My official scone blog. All scones all the time. And other stuff some of the time. Just one more venue to waste more time (mine and yours). But fun to read if you enjoy food like I do.

Bless me father, it's been weeks since my last scone. You know, with the holiday orders, and the holidays themselves, I haven't really wanted one. But I do love 'em, and I know that a lot of you do too. And I swear I'm developing carpal tunnel syndrome from making so many over the past several months.

Dinner tonight consisted of Trader Joe's frozen mini tacos for the boy, spaghetti with quick Alfredo sauce for the girl, and leftover chili dogs for me and the man. Now don't get me wrong, I love food and love to eat, but baking is my passion, so you see where dinners might be a little skimpy some nights. When I'm feeling guilty about this, I just don my "Slacker Mom" t-shirt that Santa got me and it's all good.

So anyway, I hope you enjoy this blog and I will try my best to add to it frequently.