the scone age

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It’s Christmas eve, and I just finished baking two batches of scones. I had been eager to try these recipes, since they are for Cheese Board scones. The Cheese Board Collective is a venerable Berkeley bakery and cheese shop located across the street from Chez Panisse. It was at the Cheese Board that I tasted my first scone EVER. I was in college (yes, so I had a sheltered, sconeless childhood), and my favorite thing in the world was to walk to Peet’s with my mug, get a cup of coffee, then walk the block and a half to the Cheese Board for my scone. Good times, people.
So anyway, the Cheese Board came out with a cookbook recently. I do not yet own a copy, but thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, I did manage to find recipes for my two favorite kinds of scones: Currant Scones (the original and almighty Cheese Board scone) and Cherry Cornmeal Scones. I ended up kind of burning the Currant Scones because I had two sheets of them in the oven at the same time. Doh! They still taste pretty darn good, though.
Hope everyone has a happy holiday, however you spend it. Oh, and since Rachael already outed me, here’s a non-headless shot of me and my brother. As you can see, in addition to being kept in the dark about scones, I didn’t have much contact with big white guys with beards, either.

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13 Responses to the scone age

  1. amy says:

    And there is bro, looking completely content and happy while his sister howls on Santa’s knee.. No wonder he gets underwear from his mothers jaunts abroad! 😉 Happiest of Holidays to your and yours, Amy

  2. alison says:

    That is the best Santa photo EVER. May your Xmas be much happier this year, Mariko!

  3. froggy says:

    merry christmas! what a photo!

  4. Mary-Heather says:

    This photo has me laughing so hard- it’s adorable!
    Happy Holidays!

  5. thuy says:

    merry christmas, mariko!

  6. Terri says:

    Merry Christmas Mariko! That slays me that your brother is happy as a clam while you’re howling your head off. Santa looks a little freaked out, too!

  7. Silvia says:

    That is really the BEST photo ever! (Santa made me cry too…)
    Don’t forget about the Cheeseboard pizza on Fridays…heaven.

  8. Jenny says:

    Merry Christmas, Mariko! That photo had me in tears from laughing so hard! I never wanted anything to do with Santa either, and even as a teenager, I ran through the store to keep him from approaching me, haha! As I remember, he interupted me from looking at acrylic yarn in the discount store…..

  9. Rachel says:

    That photo is hilarious. I’ve never seen a kid screaming so loudly in a very wordless medium. It almost hurt my ears just looking at it!
    Check out the daily photo at for a very similar one of her little girl on Santa’s knee. Very funny.
    Yummy scones, too! I confess I never had one until college, either. That’s what college is for, right? “Well, there was that one time in college when I experimented with baked goods…”

  10. Emily says:

    The tired look on the santa’s face is just as priceless….
    I had a scone or two before college, but I don’t think that the form really acheived perfection until the early-1990s muffin boom petered out. As I remember, the old-fashioned english cream scone (as made by my school friend’s mom) was a pretty sad affair. It needed lots of jam and tea.

  11. Eklectika says:

    I also say – best Santa photo ever…the combination of the three separate looks, awesome, LOL…

  12. Grace Toy says:

    I love cute kid pics by other Asian Americans (I’m Chinese, btw). Happy Holidays!

  13. Kim says:

    That is the best, funniest Santa photo I have seen. Thank you — K

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