Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones II

Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones II

If you've been around here a while, you'll know that I posted about these scones two years and some months ago

And... I haven't made them since then. Not because they are horrible but because I get on these waves of making new foods that are often using up other foods that I forget about some really great recipes I have already written about. This recipe is still solid but the photos needed a major refresh. I'm at the point now where I can tell how my food styling and photography has changed as I've started to develop my style. I'm still figuring that out but I think these photos are 100% better than the ones I took two and a half years ago. You can find the original recipe here

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Crepes with Fresh Strawberries

Crepes with Fresh Strawberries

In honor of the first farm stand strawberries, I made crepes for probably only the second time in my life. 

I am grateful to live in California where you can get the most beautiful, ruby red, sweet and juicy strawberries from April-October. When I was living in Hawaii, strawberries and stone fruit were the two produce items that I missed the most. But on the other hand, they have mangoes, pineapples and lilikoi. It's hard to have the best of both worlds. 

Crepes are the perfect vehicles for fresh strawberries because they have a delicate flavor and texture that allow the berries to shine. After I graduated high school, I visited France and of course we had to try crepes from a stand. Without a doubt, Nutella and strawberry was the winner. When I tried to make them from scratch several years later, I was traumatized because they never turned out circular. It was always some weird alien shape with a hole or some horns. Little did I know, if I had kept trying, I probably would have liked making them a lot sooner than now especially after one of my friends encouraged me to try making them again.

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Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

"Cla-foo-tee"

Except I'm terrible at accents. But, if you want to watch a cool video about accents with Kate Winslet and Saorise Ronan, I found this fascinating because I feel the exact opposite of them where I would rather play myself than play the part of being someone else. 

So I will happily just be me in the kitchen but maybe that is the whole point?? Watch the video and you'll see what I mean. Or start at 20:16.

In the meantime, I received some cherries from my hapkido instructor, Master Rick, so I decided to take a stab at something I have always heard of but have never actually tasted before or made and having no clue if the end result is authentically correct. I will say this looks pretty damn ugly on the top and on the inside but it tastes really good. I found it to be a cross between a Dutch Baby Pancake or German Apple Pancake but with a custardy filling and of course packed with cherries. 

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Persimmon Muffins

Persimmon Muffins

Persimmons were not in my repertoire of food until a few years ago.

Actually, I lied. They were but in a context in which I hadn't grown to love them.

The fall of my junior year of college, my friend Jenny and I took a bike ride to this bridge which is famed for its graffiti. Neither of us had ever been on our bikes for that long of a distance (5 or so miles), where the wind to the west and east is as cruel in one direction as it is exhilarating in the other.  After spending some time inspecting the graffiti, we found a few persimmon trees along the road and each picked one, like a bright orange egg waiting to be hatched. Having never really been exposed to persimmons, especially those of the hachiya variety, I took it home and immediately cut it open. But, being of the hachiya variety, and it not even close to being ripe, I was immediately exposed to my first bout of astringency. 

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Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Even though in this post I said I wasn't going seasonal, I think fall has finally hit me. 

Here are some things that have made me realize that summer is officially gone.

  • The first rain of fall arrived with gorgeous overcast window light and beautiful dew drops on all of the changing leaves.
  • My coworkers have returned to discussions of Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving and the temperature of the house we work out of.
  • I can now wear scarves without feeling like my neck is going to die.
  • Cranberries, apples, squash and Brussels sprouts have returned to my diet.
  • My birthday is in less than two weeks.
  • Kristen and I are already discussing what we are bringing to Thanksgiving. (Yes, we are a bit premature.)

To officially break into the large bag of cranberries I got from Costco, I made muffins. Also, I really needed to use sour cream that I had in the refrigerator. You know how the freezer and I work

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German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake

Hello, fall...

Even if you are not quite here yet in California.

I always associate the start of September with fall even though it is technically still summer for 3 more weeks into this month. 

The days of summer are dwindling with darker mornings and earlier sunsets but some days, it's still almost 100º outside so dreams of wearing layers, baking pies and sipping warm drinks are pretty much out of the question for the next few weeks.

But, we are almost there. Peaches are long gone which makes me kind of sad. There were a few days of gorgeous weather and the leaves are starting to change. 

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Cornmeal Waffles

Cornmeal Waffles

After being in my yogurt and granola kick from January to June, it was finally time to move onto a new breakfast.

Granted, I actually made these waffles back in August, since Fig Newtons were more seasonal and time sensitive and these are more of a year 'round affair. But, they were a nice break from months of yogurt and granola. It's kind of hard to believe that I lasted that long with the same breakfast. 

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English Muffins

English Muffins

English muffins are a perennial favorite between both Kristen and my dad. 

In particular, Thomas' English muffins have always stood out as the brand of choice. Every time Kristen and I walk by the bread aisle at Costco, she has to gaze longingly at the 24 count bag until I start walking away to freeze my butt off in the produce room only to emerge and find that she is again distracted but this time by the poppyseed muffins. 

So, for whatever reason, we don't buy English muffins and instead just look at them longingly and dream of the nooks and crannies for all the butter and jam to nestle into.

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