The Food Sense Program

Blueberry Scones

A little more work, but worth the wait. Let your kids help too!

• Zest of ½ of a lemon
• 1 Cup fresh blueberries
• 2 Cups flour
• 1/3 Cup sugar
• 1 Tablespoon baking powder
• ¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 6 Tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cubed
• ½ C light cream or milk – plus 1 Tablespoon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 425F. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and add lemon zest.

Cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles pieces the size of peas. Add the berries, tossing gently.

Mix the vanilla extract and cream and add to dry ingredients.

Handle as little as possible, but fold in (with your hands) the wet ingredients until you form a dough ball.

Dust your counter or work surface and hands with flour and begin to knead the dough lightly (only 3 or 4 times).

You should now have an 8-inch circle. Use a pizza cutter to divide the dough into 8 wedges and carefully transfer to the baking pan, leaving space between.

Brush the scones with the remaining cream and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Bake the scones until lightly brown (approximately 15 to 18 minutes), remove and let cool for a few minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for 15 additional minutes.

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Hi Dana,

I wanted to say "Thanks" and give you some feedback on 'The Food Sense Program.'

We were having issues with our son William at dinner time. He kept wanting to get down and not eating anything, then wanting something 10 minutes later. It was very annoying, and it was like a circus around the table. We started following the advice in the Food Sense program, and what a difference it has made!

After just a few nights we are all having nice dinners together most of the time. No bribing, begging and whining. When he gets down we calmly tell him dinner is over. He can decide to play upstairs in his room or sit with us. In fact, the second morning of the program he said .. "Mommy, I'm hungry because I got down and didn't eat enough." Again, what a difference! You book gave me the confidence and the concrete tools to be make the changes that needed to be made.

Tammy Lyon (& son William)


Ms. Obleman,

When I first found your website, my daughters were driving me crazy with their constant food demands. I felt like I was a short order cook in my own home. I would have to make TWO different breakfasts and dinners every day, since they didn't like to eat the same things.

When I put their meals in front of them, they would sulk and pick away at their plates and tell me that they "didn't like this food." And then 10 minutes after they got up from the table they would start begging for yogurt and crackers!

A friend told me about your website, and after following just a few of the things you say, I'm thrilled to report that Hannah and Chloe are like two new children... There is no more whining for treats all day long, and mealtimes are actually a civilized time... or as civilized as meals can be with a 2 and 5 year old.

Thanks again!