Thursday, December 3, 2009

Scone News - A Few Of My Favorite Things

Here are 10 of my favorite things I’ve come to appreciate in life, in no particular order:

Bacon - John Boy’s Farm

Especially when it’s already cooked and presented to me on a platter ready-to-eat, or maybe stuck in a Bacon-Cheddar Scone. Saturdays, 9 Pheasant Road, Pound Ridge, 11-4 p.m.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto -
Cucina Fiorelli
Angela Fiorelli Carey, Personal Chef & Cooking Coach. Angela’s tomato pesto is like an instant party in a jar. Just get yourself a log of goat cheese and assemble both together with some breads/crackers for an awesome appetizer. Don’t forget to invite some friends over for the full party effect. For this and more of Angela’s kick-ass Italian foods, send her an email.

Bread - Chef Robert Ubaldo
Get his bread. Dip it in the pesto. You will see. He’ll be at the house with brother John Boy on Saturdays, 9 Pheasant Road, Pound Ridge, 11-4 p.m.

Coffee - Gorilla Coffee

Available at Near & Natural, 1 Court Road, Bedford Village. Roasted in Brooklyn, NY. It’s N&N’s house brew. AND you can buy it by the bag and brew it at home, which, let me tell you, is dangerous because you WILL become addicted to this stuff, but it is so worth it. Invite some friends over, impress the heck out of ‘em with your insanely delicious coffee, and say good riddance to your bad-coffee reputation.

Road Food - Swanky Frank’s

182 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk, CT, 203-838-8969. Their dogs are the BEST. Their fries are the BEST. Onion rings too. Just get everything. You won’t be disappointed. For serious. Stop there for lunch one day when you gotta do a Costco run.

Soap - Clean Ridge Soap Company

Do you know Mia the soap lady? Well I do, and her soap makes me happy, so get some! My fav is the liquid Kitchen Hand Soap – smells so citrus-y good and makes smelly smells disappear! Shazam! Just like that. Her lotions and candles are super-duper too.

Auto Body Repair - Star Auto Body

Mt. Vernon, NY, 914-668-8432 (okay, shameless plug for my brother Robert’s business – but he’s really goooood – a perfectionist like me.)

Kitchen and Bath- Euro Tile & Marble

Elmsford, NY, 914-347-7600 (another shameless plug – my brother-in-law Lucio does awesome kitchen and bath work. Visit his showroom on Main Street/Route 119.)

Dentist - Advanced Dental Care

Armonk, NY, 914-730-7373 (I’m shameless, right? Dr. Kamen, you ROCK! You might’ve seen her on Halloween in Pound Ridge – she was the really cool-looking vampire with the sharp-looking teeth.)

Scones - Mrs. Larkin’s Truly Scrumptious Scones and Baked Goods

Pound Ridge, NY. Well of course I’d be on this list, silly! Pick ‘em up on Saturday mornings at Pound Ridge Sunoco or Near & Natural in B. Village when you’re on your way to John Boy’s house. Or give me a call if you need something special. I get asked a lot “So Mrs. Larkin, what’s your favorite scone flavor?” I love them all, but in my book, the Cranberry-Orange (oh so good) is right up there with the Lavender-Blueberry (intoxicating aroma – makes me wanna do crazy things). But what you’re probably thinking is “That’s real nice, Mrs. Larkin, now make with the Bacon-Cheddar Scones!”

Hope you’re having a good December.


Mrs. Larkin

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

To be taken with a grain of salt, or a bunch, around the rim

A recent viral email I received from "Dr. TJ" promoting the health benefits of a popular beverage, which has inspired me to create a new scone flavor:

"Please forward this to all the women you care about, or at least tell them about it. It could save a life....

An important Women's Health Issue Notice:

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?

Do you suffer from shyness?

Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Margaritas.

Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions.

Margaritas can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had.

Stop hiding and start living, with Margaritas.

Margaritas may not be right for everyone.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Margaritas.
However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include dizziness; nausea; vomiting; incarceration; erotic lustfulness; loss of motor control; loss of clothing; loss of money; loss of virginity; table dancing; headache; dehydration; dry mouth; and a desire to sing Karaoke.

*The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
*The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
*The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.
*The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with other people without spitting.

Please share this with other women who may need Margaritas."

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Scone News - Hot in Here

Hello Scone Fans,

Mrs. Larkin is back from vacation. Seems like we had to travel to Maine to find summer. Now I’m ready to crank up the oven, and turn the A/C up to eleven!

Come on down to the scone stand tomorrow at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market and fill me in on what I’ve missed over the past 2 weeks. Grab a scone, sit in the shade of the scone tent with me, and I’ll tell you all the sordid details about our trip to Maine, including our jaunt to the Maine State Prison (gift shop, that is.)

Wait till you sink your teeth into my Lobstah Scone! Nah, just joshin’. But I will have the new Cherry-Chocolate Chunk scone made with Montmorency cherries (these babies are loaded with antioxidants) and Scharffen Berger Bittersweet chocolate chunks (dark chocolate is too!) I’ll also have Lavender-Blueberry, regular Blueberry, Cran-Orange, and Chocolate Chip scones. Plus Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies…unless we eat them all for dinner tonight.

See you tomorrow!


Mrs. Larkin

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mrs. Larkin's Life on the Street

Seen and heard at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market:

Jogging Man with Oven Mitts, carrying Walkman, wearing stereo headphones. (It was a chilly day. Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear, his mittens he has lost!)

Ralph Lauren driving TO New Canaan in his bright yellow fancy car.

Famous lady wearing loosely-wrapped sarong. Peek-a-boo!

A few of the more colorful characters: Cockatoo; Cockapoo; Labradoodle; Goldendoodle; Wirehaired Dachsund; Bernese Mountain Dog; mutts; Barney and Betty, the most beautiful German Shepherds I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Ralph Lauren, driving back FROM New Canaan, in his bright yellow fancy car. Hey Ralph, how come you never stop?

Famous NY restaurant guy said my Lavender-Blueberry scones are very good! Yippee!

Harvey Fierstein crossing to the other side. Of the street.

Talking scones with one of my favorite NY Times food writers.

Way-too-much-botox lady with side cleavage. I know some guys enjoy the side cleavage thing, but at the farmers market???? Pu-lease! Here’s Mrs. Larkin’s conversation with Way-too-much-botox lady: ML: “Hi! How are you?” WTMBL:“I’m staaaaaaar-ving!” ML: “Well, you are in the right place, then!” WTMBL: “No, I’m not! I’m on a diet!” Surprisingly, she did not buy anything from anybody.

3rd graders saving the universe bake sale. Bring it, girls! Mrs. Larkin’s takin’ you DOWN! (I am seriously just kidding here.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scone News - Check Out my Tweets

What a great weekend! It was really nice seeing all of you who stopped by the scone stand. I am so grateful for your kind words and your continued patronage! And welcome to all the new folks on the email list.

Say, how’s about a free scone? Then come play the
Secret Word of the Day game with Mrs. Larkin! Here’s how it goes: Mrs. Larkin will Tweet her Secret Word of the Day every Sunday morning. The first two (2) people to come to the scone stand that same day and tell her the Secret Word of the Day wins one (1) free scone! Oh, and when telling Mrs. Larkin the Secret Word of the Day, you must use Secret Word of the Day in a sentence. Any questions? What’s a Tweet, you say? Go to and you can take a peek at Mrs. Larkin’s Tweets. Become a follower of Mrs. Larkin’s on Twitter and you’ll divine all the mysteries of the scone world. Or at the very least see what I’m cooking up at the moment. Or ask me a baking-related question, in 140 characters or less, and me and my minions will give it a go.

Come early for better selections. And your chance to win a free scone! No lollygagging, people! Scones go fast. Pound Ridge Farmers Market every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on the patio of Antiques and Tools of Business and Kitchen, 65 Westchester Avenue.

Now I gotta think of a good word…


Mrs. Larkin

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Scone News - Yo Mama So Hungry

Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain last Sunday. Mrs. Larkin took off right quick when the scones started getting wet. Nothing worse than a wet scone, unless you’re dunking it into a cup of Mrs. Larkin’s mighty fine java. I met some newly addicted scone fans, who said I’m doing a world of good for the scone ecosystem in Westchester. Wow.

Let me tell you about the rave reviews the new Cinn-ful Scone got. Turns out it’s quickly becoming the new fav. It’s a scone with a multiple personality disorder…part scone, part cinnamon roll, part coffee cake. It’s bad (in a sugary good way.) It’s good (in a sugary good way.) Maybe we shoulda named it the Sybil scone. I kinda like Cinn-ful though. It’s catchy. Kinda naughty. Different. And interesting. So if you’d like to show Mom and all of her alter egos how much you love them, pick up a Cinn-ful Scone this Sunday, May 10th.

Not that there’s anything remotely funny about chemical addictions, BUT…..Mrs. Larkin’s highly addictive Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies are now available down on the corner at the Sunoco CafĂ©. (do you like how I’ve upgraded the ambiance by not saying gas station?) So if your brain desperately needs a cookie and you’re looking for a fix, stop in. Code words are “the scone lady sent me.” Karen and Tim will fix you up lickety split. And you’ll feel good in no time.

Hope to see you on Mother’s Day at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market, where I’ll be working my patootee off, hawking my baked goods, when I should be laying on the couch eating bonbons, and having Mr. Larkin peel me grapes. (is the guilt mojo working? I guess I’ll find out on Sunday.)


Mrs. Larkin

P.S. Mrs. Larkin is all a-Twitter. Check out her Twitter page and become a follower! Sounds so cult-ish, doesn’t it? Just don’t drink the kool-aid and you’ll be fine.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scone News - Hip Hop

I said-a hip-hop-hippity-hoppity…

Okay, maybe Mrs. Larkin should keep her day job and not try rapping, like Joaquin Phoenix. Good luck with that, Joaquin. But the Easter Bunny is really good at hip hop and he’s bound to be bigger than Lil’ Wayne. Keep your eyes open for Easter B. coming to a basket near you in a couple of weeks. His music video is jammin’. Check it:
Easter B

Anyone looking for Easter goodies can peruse the Spring 2009 Menu. Pick up only on April 11th, the Saturday before Easter. Just call about a week ahead to place your order. Check out the spring specials like the Burl Ives-inspired Lavender-Blue Dilly Dilly Scones. I took a bunch up to The Brookfield crew today and heard things like “very lovely floral undertones” and “inky/blue-colored berries with a classic terroir perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, cedar, and spice.” Aw, heck, what they really said was “man, these are so good!” and “blueberries and lavender complement each other really well!”

And talk about sweet-tart – no, not the Botox-injected wannabe you saw jogging on the bike path in short-shorts, silly! I’m referring to my Key Lime Cupcakes – tangy, tart and really yummy. These will most definitely arouse your taste buds, and perhaps inspire you to take a walk on the bike path, too.


Mrs. Larkin

Monday, March 16, 2009

Scone News - Tighten Up

Sound the reveille! Mrs. Larkin’s Newsletter is back from hibernation! Boy, was it nice to take a couple months off. From writing my email, that is. Not from scone baking, which is a frequent occurrence here, dormant state or not. I must admit some days are more productive than others, like one day last month when I thought nothing of drinking a full pot of high-test coffee made with my new French press pot I got for Christmas. Haven’t pulled an all-nighter in a long while. But I did get a ton of stuff done that day!

So this year we’re all about tightening our belts, budgets, pocket books, bank accounts, wads, fists, lips, waistlines and so on. But rest assured, you can still get one of Mrs. Larkin’s honkin’ scones at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market starting April 19th. Same delicious, truly scrumptious scones. A virtual plethora of yummy goodiness awaits you. Meantime, please stop in and visit Near & Natural in Bedford Village and the Sunoco station in Pound Ridge to get your hands on one of these buttery babies. I hear they’re pretty darn good.


Mrs. Larkin