Kick start your day with a good breakfast

Good Morning!

on November 24, 2013

This is my 100th post and I want to say thank you to all the encouraging readers out there. This blog is so much fun to write.

Bacon-cranberry scone

Bacon-cranberry scone

Here’s the recipe for six of these, adapted from my baking guru, Lauren Chattman:

3 TBSP unsalted butter, chilled

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 oz. sugar

1/2 TBSP baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Add-on ingredients (see step 2 below)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 oz. whole or lowfat milk

1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the butter into 1/4-inch dice. Put it in the freezer while you pull together the dry ingredients.

2. Combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the chilled butter pieces and, with an electric mixer, mix on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the add-on ingredients (3 strips crisply cooked bacon, crumbled, and 3 oz. dried cranberries, in this case).

3. Stir in egg and milk and mix until the dry ingredients are just moistened.

4. Turn the dough onto the baking parchment and shape into a 6-inch disk. With a sharp knife, cut disk into six wedges. Place the wedges 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

But wait, there’s more!

Summer morning, Seaside Park, NJ

Summer morning, Seaside Park, NJ

I’m in the middle of a book that’s very unlike what I usually read: Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson’s You Can Live an Exceptional Life. With all the upheaval at my office, I thought I could use a big dose of positive energy. They deliver that in spades. Of course, I appreciate it because we are on the same wave length: “Nourish your body with a good morning meal; and nourish your mind with good, comforting thoughts.” Writing this blog, whether it’s doing the draft the night before or fresh first thing in the morning, helps me to center myself before another day of uncertainty and frustration. Here’s a good, comforting thought from General Joseph Stillwell, translated from his pidgin Latin:

don't let the bastards get you down


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