Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Scone News - Yes, We Have No Scones (Temporarily)

Hey Scone Peeps,

Long time no type. I've been busy doing my scone thing - well, up until last Thursday, that is, when a tree branch took out my electric, which took out my oven and fridge, which put the kibosh on scone-making for the immediate future. It was quite a scene, what with the police and fire trucks that showed up.

Behold, the plethora of emergency vehicle activity on Lower Trinity Pass....
Here's a closer view of up the street....

And some cool road flares...smells like 4th of July....

And the blasted limb....

We waited on the front porch while the firemen searched the house for signs of smoke/fire/danger. The house was fine. Note to self: clean the bunny-sized dust bunnies on a more regular basis.

The cat was with us, too. He just lovvvves getting thrown into his carrier at a moment's notice.

Another view of the blasted limb...doesn't look like much, but on the other side is a huge branch....

Hooray! The one-man NYSEG truck is here!!!

Limb, meet your demise....

My electrician waiting for Mr. NYSEG to finish decimating the limb so he could get to work....

So, there you have it. I'll be without an oven for a bit, which means I won't be at the Pound Ridge Farmers Market this Sunday, at the least. Sears guy was here today, diagnosed the problem, and ordered several parts. Fingers crossed, I get the parts quickly, he'll be able to return quickly (tentatively scheduled for the 19th), and all the parts work properly.

Rest assured, I will be making my Saturday deliveries to Pound Ridge SconeOco and Near & Natural in Bedford Village, thanks to the generosity of my neighbor Heather for letting me use her ovens. I'll do my best to stock the SconeOco during the week, but just so you know, the supply may be sparse at times.

On the bright side, Sconeman fixed the refrigerator himself!

Yay, Sconeman!

As for what I'll be cooking, I think we'll be grilling a lot, and using the microwave - which is not that terrible. Just the other night I made microwave pizza sauce for our grilled pizza. Maybe I'll blog about that next time.

Hope everyone's having a great summer so far, and all your appliances work. I'll see you all in a few weeks!!


Mrs. L.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Back in the Scone Groove

Howdy, Scone Posse!

Well, Mrs. Larkin’s officially out of hibernation. I must say, I love everything about winter, and all its layers of clothing and unshaven legs. What I DON’T like about it is not seeing my Scone Peeps every weekend and shootin’ the breeze, talkin’ scones and such, not to mention the layer of blubber I tend to build up during those long, cold months. Sadly, it seems I’ve reached critical mass post-winter. So if you spy Mrs. Larkin with a scone, or any sugar-laced baked thingy going anywhere near her mouth, holler “Step away from the baked goods, Mrs. L!” or “Just say no!” or something equally compelling.

On to the important stuff…This Sunday, April 11th, at 11 a.m., the Pound Ridge Farmers Market will be kicking off in grand style. It’s Mrs. Silbersher’s 20th anniversary – so stop by Antiques and Tools of Business & Kitchen and wish her well! There will be barbecuing, antiquing, and food artisans galore, so I hope you’ll head out and see us all. I guess I don’t really consider myself an artisan, although a whole bunch of people tell me so. I just like to make tasty stuff for people and they, in turn, are happy because of it, and come back for more. And they pay me for it, so it’s doubly-good. Hmmm…sort of akin to a drug dealer. Okayyy, let’s change the subject.

For the big day, expect a multitude of scones in all sorts of flavors...

along with Crack Cookies...
(oh boy, there goes the drug reference again...)

and maybe a surprise or two, depending on whether or not I get my butt in gear today and tomorrow. Must. Overcome. Inertia. First. And drink copious amounts of coffee.

Oh, before I forget, let me tell you guys what I’ve been up to over the winter (besides getting fat, and going to the orthopedist to get my knees x-rayed and him telling me I’m fat and that’s why my knees hurt.) You guys know I like food, right? There’s a new website out in the blogosphere called food52, which I’ve kinda grown addicted to. (Sconeman’s threatened to put a timer on the computer, so as to limit my habit, that’s how bad it’s gotten.) Anyway, check it out for yourselves. They have weekly recipe contests, and winners will be published in their book at the end of the 52 weeks. One of this week’s themes is SUGAR COOKIES and guess who’s a finalist?? Yep, me. So go the website, sign up, look at Mrs. Larkin's Sugar Cookie Recipe, pause and take awe in its beauty and simplicity...
and vote for me if you like it.

It’s especially important this week because the food52 folks and the Cook’s Illustrated experts (aka the Christopher Kimball empire) are going head-to-head with dueling recipes. So if I get to the next level, chances are I might meet with fame and fortune (or at the very least, a bounty of OXO kitchen tools). I’ll have samples on Sunday, so come by for a taste.

I’m going for my second cup of coffee now. And I’m feeling surprisingly motivated, so gotta run.


Mrs. Larkin