Berkeley Cheese Board Scones

Ellie came for a visit. We had been waiting for her for weeks. Ellie is Alan’s Father’s wife. I don’t think she has been out in 10-years – since our wedding. So much has happened in her life and in ours since then. Most notably – Bernie, her husband, Alan’s dad, passed away. He was a wonderful, interesting, charismatic man and my husband Alan loved him so much – so did Ellie. He died in his sleep. So peaceful. We haven’t seen Ellie in a couple years – the last time was when we were on our way to Cuba – with Alex and we stopped in Florida for a visit with her. We have been wanting to have her out for quite some time and it finally worked out. Ellie is amazing. She is 89-years old and lives in Boynton Beach Florida, surrounded by friends and a relative here or there. She’s still driving her car around and incredibly, she is still substitute teaching elementary school. Honest. She’s got all of her marbles. She is out-spoken, forward thinking, big-hearted, and a ton of fun. Ellie loves a good time. Alan and I just love and adore her and the spirit that drives her forward. She is irrepressible. Thanks for coming out to visit Ellie!

Having guests is always a wonderful reason to cook. But cooking has been kind of a problem for me lately because I’m on this very serious diet. Very structured. Pretty effective but I can’t eat some of the things that I love. And I can’t experiment with a lot of things that I might love because they’re just too fattening. I am determined to lose weight. But Ellie is here so I have an excuse and I have really been wanting to make these scones since I tasted them up in Berkeley at Karen’s house a few weekends ago. Karen’s brother Tom made them for us. Cruel. Evil in fact. The recipe comes from the Berkeley Cheese Board Collective which is an amazing place – with a great cookbook. It is a worker-owned collective and has been in existence since 1971. It’s current home is on Shattuck Avenue selling who knows how many amazing cheeses and delicious bakery items. They also have an espresso bar. Go there. It’s a destination.

This is their recipe. I cut it in half since the original makes something like 15 scones. What would I ever do with 15 scones – disposing of 10 is bad enough!

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Categories: Baked Goods, Breakfast/Brunch, Snacks, Sweets, Vegetarian


  1. Ok, for the first time… I’m glad I wan’t there this time! I LOVE scones!

    Comment by Issa López on April 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  2. This recipe looks delicious and who doesn’t love a scone, especially with clotted cream.
    Loved meeting Ellie and everything you said about her is so true. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the visit.

    Comment by Roberta on April 30, 2014 at 7:07 am

  3. Ellie loved meeting you! And I loved seeing you!! The scones are really good. Wish I could take credit for the recipe.

    Comment by Batch-33 on April 30, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  4. Love your blog and can’t wait to try your recipes. This is the way I like to eat and I will be experimenting by substituting some gluten free flours in certain instances. Can’t wait to try the quinoa cakes.

    Comment by Gaye Barnes on April 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

  5. Gaye – Please let me know about the gluten free substitutions. I have some friends (subscribers) who are strictly gluten free and will love the information! Thanks!!!

    Comment by Batch-33 on April 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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