December 15, 2004

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SHF #3- Jolly Good I had a photo of these breakfast pastries but my digicamera is not cooperating. They look like drop scones--nothing too sexy--but certainly tasty. The replacement image was "borrowed" from a groovy "tea shirt" shop online that has a number of worthwhile items. Scotland is home to heather, haggis, bagpipes, and scones. Pronounced “skon” in Scotland and throughout Northern England; or as “skoan” in the South of England. According to the Oxford Food Companion scones are a close cousin to bannock. In the beginning the tea cakes were leavened rounds of barley or oat flour cut into wedges and baked on a cast iron griddle or pan over an open tire. Some say the name scone comes from the place where the Kings of Scotland were crowned—the Stone (Scone) of Destiny. Although a less sweet version was brought to the states by the English over 200 years ago they have now evolved into something between a biscuit and a muffin—the more sophisticated and sweeter cousin—and now start many an American’s morning or afternoon ‘cuppa’ tea break. Throughout England scones are often served with clotted cream, lemon curd or preserves--a welcome break in the afteroon. Scones consist of flour, butter, eggs, leavening and a liquid usually milk, cream or yogurt. It is a quick bread that is simple and as Jamie Oliver quips “easy peasy”. Just don’t handle it too much or it’ll turn out tough and dry. If done correctly the interior should be light, flaky and soft. In the cookbook...
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Friday Fry #15 PNC Bank has released the "Christmas Price Index" which measures the cost of all the gifts in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas." This annually updated study shows a 2.4% increase in the price of Christmas from 2003 to 2004 by traditional measures, but a 10.5% increase if you are shopping via Internet (shipping!) Jonesing for a Java Machine The research and evaluation process for a home espresso machine overwhelms me. A recent Slate article takes the task on. We all know the 'latte factor',--"$4 a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year amounts to $1,456 per annum." Who Moved My Cheese? Award-winning cheesemaker Cypress Grove is celebrating it's 20th anniversary by doubling it's creamery size with the recent move in to a custom made-to-order facility. These fine folks produce the ever sublime Humboldt Fog. Brand Marketing Blunders The year-end brings it's usual round-up of "best of" and "top 10" lists. As some of you know that's how I make my bread to eat my cheese. I thought that the recent Top Ten Branding Blunders. The list includes the Barbie Break Up, American athletes as brands, and the failed "Mr. Wendy" campaign. Hardee's Strikes Again As if the Monster Thickburger release wasn't enough. This week they launched the 46-grams of fat Breakfast Burger. The 'burger' features a fresh, fried egg, crisp bacon, hash brown nuggets, cheese, ketchup and a charbroiled all-beef patty, all on a sesame-seed bun all for $2.39 (US). The company press release, in an...

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