I feel very fortunate that I’ve gotten to spend some time with Pam Anderson on several occasions this past year. I’ve come to know her as a kind and generous woman, a heck of a mom, a marathon runner, a fantastic cook, and a very busy author…she’s writes a blog with her lovely daughters Sharon and Maggy called Three Many Cooks, and she’s written seven cookbooks.

Cook without a book

Pam’s brand new work- Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals- Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians- was recently released, and I scored two copies a few weeks back (one for me, and one for one of you!)…I’ve made a few recipes from the book so far, and they’ve all been terrific.

Pam’s purpose in writing this book was to teach people how to cook satisfying and versatile vegetarian meals, but the book is not at all just for vegetarians. Pam talks in the introduction about how her family made a decision to reduce the meat in their lives a few years back. They did this because they were saddened by the treatment of animals on factory farms and no longer wanted to eat meat that had been raised in those conditions. So they cut back on their meat in order to be able to afford better quality, humanely raised meat that they still eat on occasion, and learned to be super creative vegetarian cooks the rest of the time.

I love that rather than being full of actual recipes, the book is built around customizable techniques and master formulas for everything from Breakfast Pizzas to Classic Soups to Meatless Hash to Frittatas to Stir-Fries. The formulas are rock-solid, and Pam gives you loads of unique suggestions for how to make every dish your own. The idea is to be able to use “whatever is fresh, in season, on sale- or simply suits your fancy”…so awesome.

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, I decided to bake up a slew of these “perfect blueberry scones” this morning. I figured I’d freeze them to have on hand to eat with eggs for breakfast over the holiday weekend when we’ll have family guests in town. I just had to figure out what kind to make.

As I stated before, the book provides a master recipe for each item or dish, and Pam’s got formulas for both Savory and Sweet Scones, along with notes, tips, and numerous suggestions for making them amazing. I’ve never made savory scones before, and was instantly smitten with Pam’s idea to combine Goat Cheese, Figs, and Rosemary. But I was pretty sure my kids wouldn’t be that psyched about those, so I also made a sweet batch starring blueberries and lemon zest.

The blueberry scones came out stunning. Absolutely beautiful- like scones you’d buy in a bakery- and delicious. My daughter LOVED them, and talked me out of freezing them for next week…guess I’ll be making another batch for the guests :)

The goat cheese and fig scones are not as stunning, but that’s my fault because I used a gluten-free flour blend and the batter was a bit too wet, then spread during baking. They taste great, though…I love the flavor combination so much.

I am sharing the blueberry scone recipe here. If you’re interested in making the fig, goat, cheese and rosemary scones, the recipes is the same, only you leave out the sugar, add 1 cup of crumbled goat cheese, substitute chopped fresh or dried figs for the blueberries, omit the lemon zest, and add 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary. If using a gluten-free flour blend in either of the scone recipes, make sure to add additional flour, if necessary, to make a cohesive batter.

Pam Anderson Blueberry Scones

Perfect Blueberry Scones

Yield: 6-8 scones

Ingredients:

*2 cups organic, unbleached flour
*6 tablespoons organic sugar, plus 1-2 teaspoon for sprinkling on the scones before baking
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
*1/4 teaspoon baking soda
*1 stick unsalted organic butter, frozen solid
*1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
*1/2 cup organic frozen blueberries
*1/2 cup organic sour cream
*1 large egg, preferably organic and free-range

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Mix flour with 6 tablespoons of sugar, baking power, salt, baking soda, and lemon zest in a medium bowl.

3. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use (clean!) fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in blueberries.

4. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth, then stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together).

5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 6 large or 8 smaller triangles, then place on prepared cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.

6. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Appears with permission from Cook without a Book: Meatless Meals- Recipes and Techniques for Part-Time and Full-Time Vegetarians. Recipes by Pam Anderson; photographs by Quentin Bacon. Copyright 2011 by Rodale.

If you’d like to enter my giveaway to win a copy of the book, please leave me a comment below, making sure I have your email address in case you are the winner. This giveaway will close on Monday 11/21/11 at midnight (which is just 3 days from now). I’ll choose a winner by way of random.org on Tuesday 11/22/11, then I will mail the book right out to my lucky winning reader. I regret that this giveaway is open to US residents only… THANKS and good luck!

 

65 Comments

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    Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes — November 18, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

    These scones look amazing!! I love blueberry flavored anything. It’s great that you used frozen blueberries so you can make this anytime of the year. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Tessa @ Handle the Heat — November 18, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Love the cover of this book, I’ve been hearing good things about it around the blogosphere. Also love that photo of those scones, you can really see the texture.

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    Wanda Thorne — November 18, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    Fig… Goat Cheese… Rosemary… Oh my! That sounds A M A Z I N G. This cookbook sounds amazing too.
    P.S. LOVE your site. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

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    Carla — November 18, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    These scones look great! I love the idea of formulas for cooking. I end up making things that way a lot because I often don’t have all of the ingredients I need for a recipe. Love your blog!

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    Jenny — November 18, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    We love scones in our house – I made chocolate chunk scones yesterday. Have to try these!

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    Cookie and Kate — November 18, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    Oh my, those scones look like they turned out wonderfully. I have Pam’s book on my Christmas list. Love the concept! I never really follow recipes exactly so it makes more sense to provide tips and guidelines for improvising a great recipe.

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    Tiffany — November 18, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Can’t wait to try these scones! I am always looking for some “healthy” versions of things that my husband and family will like too. I am going to sneak them in as a healthier option to my family during the holidays. They look so good they won’t even know it =)

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    Jessica — November 18, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    My newest “cookbook” is my favorite – The Flavor Bible – because it doesn’t just spoon-feed you recipes. It really helps build your skills in the kitchen. It sounds like this “cookbook” is similar – I’d love to try it out!

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    Alissa — November 18, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I love scones because I’m so often needing to grab breakfast in a rush as I schlep off to the bus stop. These look delicious!

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    kelly — November 19, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    This looks like a great book. Thanks for the recipe too!
    cooperkelly4@yahoo dot com

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    Nancy R — November 19, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    Sounds like a fun cookbook!! I’m going to try the scone recipe this week.

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    Amanda — November 19, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    Always looking for new veggie ideas- thanks!

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    Paul Knipple — November 19, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    This looks like a wonderful book. We’re doing our best to eat only humanely raised meat, so I would love some more tips on cooking using less meat.

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    Jacque — November 19, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this recipe blueberry scone recipe!

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    Amy — November 19, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    This book looks like one I would really enjoy!

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    Marilyn — November 19, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    I’m impressed by your Thanksgiving week prep. :-) I should probably do some baking and freezing too.

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    Jess — November 19, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Those scones look yummy! I’m so jealous you have met Pam Anderson!

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    Lilly — November 19, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    These look awesome I can’t wait to try them!

    Lilly
    lilly_watson@hotmail.com
    pancakesandbeetjuice.blogspot.com

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    Laura — November 19, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    A book with techniques is a great idea. Many times even well written recipes are not too clear on the process.

    Not being in my own house for Thanksgiving I haven’t made any recipes or thought about the dinner. I am in charge of dessert though, so I should find something….

    I will check Pamela’s site now….

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook — November 19, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    Goat cheese scones?! You’re (and Pam Anderon’s) speaking my language!

    This book looks really fantastic, and I’ve heard great things about it from around the edible internets. I love the idea of a cookbook being about ideas instead of hard-and-fast measurements and techniques; cooking should be about letting the food inspire you.

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    Food for Todd — November 19, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Pam’s book looks lovely! Now that I’m more familiar in the kitchen, I think I’m ready to start branching out to this kind of experimenting – looks fun!

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    Paula — November 19, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I’m not entering the give-away just had to say how lovely your scones look and that your provided the instructions for making the fig, goat cheese and rosemary ones was sweet. I made a pie with organic wild blueberries and it was lovely, I can imagine how delicious these scones would taste using them.

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    Rebecca — November 19, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Those scones look great! I recently made the decision to cut meat from my diet; this book would be perfect!!

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    Lynn — November 19, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Very nice pictures of the scones! I’m not necessarily a scone person but your photos make them look pretty darn tasty. And as another commented, anything goat cheese has my name on it.

    My latest favorite book is Culinary Artistry. Although it has been out a while, I still love flipping through looking at and hearing about new combinations I wouldn’t have tried. Be fun to read about how Pam moved away from eating meats- the hubby and I have done the same.

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    miss p — November 19, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    excited about chance to scare up some of this yumminess & more! thanks.

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    Kristi — November 19, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    I love blueberry scones and those goat cheese ones sound amazing. This cookbook sounds wonderful!

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    Tina W. — November 19, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Those scones look beautiful!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 19, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    I cannot wait to page through Pam’s new book… These scones look perfect!

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    Merry — November 19, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Yum! Thank you for sharing!

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    amanda — November 19, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    what a great concept for a cookbook — more true to the way that many of us cook anyways! thanks for doing this giveaway.

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    Natalie — November 19, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    wow this looks great!! definitely want to try this recipe

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    Karen @ My Pantry Shelf — November 19, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    I love the concept of this book. Mastering a few basic recipes and learning to adapt them is such a great way to gain confidence in the kitchen. Your scones look delicious. I think my kids will love them as well.

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    Laura Confer — November 19, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    I love the idea for this cookbook! Those scones look sooooo delicious. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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    France @ Beyond The Peel — November 20, 2011 @ 12:01 am

    Hi Winnie. What a timely post. I’m visiting my in laws in San Diego and my brother in law was just wishing that there were more resources out there that could teach him to cook but without recipes. The type of cooking where he could put this together and make dinner with what was in the fridge. I’ll recommend this to him. Since his wife is vegetarian but he is not, this sounds like the perfect fit.

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    Amy — November 20, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    Will definitely be making theses scones sometime very soon! Love the concept of the cookbook, it reflects the ‘flexitarian’ mindset I am currently taking with my food.

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    Andrea M — November 20, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    These scones are beautiful! I love the ideas of this cookbook!

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    Carla — November 20, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    I picked and froze blue berries for this very type of occasion. I cannot wait! And, hopefully get a copy of the book. It all looks amazing.

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    Nirvana — November 20, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    What beautiful scones!

    I would love to have this book — if I don’t win it I may just have to buy it as an early gift to myself :)

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    Jamie — November 20, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I was just about to bake scones (have been strangely in the mood lately) and have also been toying with the idea of using up the frozen blueberries in my freezer (fresh are difficult to find and too expensive). Maybe I’ll combine the two because yours look so good!

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    Z.Grimm — November 20, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I’d love any book that helped simplify vegetarian cooking for me – I’m such a newbie at it! I’m just starting out as a vegetarian, and as a cook as well. :)

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    Barbara Jarvis — November 20, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I just found your website and love,love,love it. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Barb

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    Jenna Aidikoff — November 20, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    These scones look amazing!!! I cannot wait to try making them :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Stacy @ Every Little Thing — November 20, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Pam! And those scones look like something I would lovvvve.

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    Bridget — November 20, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Amazing looking scones! Very inspiring to try a new cookbook / techniques book!

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    Liren — November 20, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I am a sucker for scones, but can I confess that the last time I tried a new recipe, I failed miserably? As in threw out the whole batch? I must try these gorgeous blueberry ones :)

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    Marisa — November 20, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    I have (and love) How to Cook without a Book, and this new book looks even more suited to how our family eats!

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    Alexandra — November 20, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    This recipe is superb! Scones are my weakness. This cookbook looks like pure cooking inspiration for me and my family!

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    Faye — November 21, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    I love scones! This book looks interesting! I often cook without recipes, and it “usually” works well! I’m sure this book would be a great resource.

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    bekee — November 21, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    i’ll never pass up an opportunity to add to my vegetarian cookbook collection!

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    Jennie — November 21, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    I love scones. I love blueberries. I LOVE blueberry scones. And I’d love a new cookbook to add to my collection and this one sounds very interesting. Thanks!!

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    Lisa O. — November 21, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I found your site a few weeks ago and have been back many times since. This cookbook looks great, as does the scone recipe!

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    Stephanie A — November 21, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Always looking for new ways to cook vegetarian. This looks like a great book!

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    G Stark — November 21, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Both of my daughters are vegan- would love to share the recipes.

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    Gabriell V. — November 21, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    These sound amazing! I am definitely going to try and make these for family and friends this holiday season! Thanks for posting :)

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    Delishhh — November 21, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    Great giveaway and the cookbook sounds fabulous with some great ideas – Those scones look amazing!

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    jess nytes — November 21, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    i love making scones for my family when they come to visit. i try to fit in high tea with my nieces when they come to stay. we love dress up and sip teas and eat delicious treats off lovely dishes. it makes me feel like young again. this book would be great for some new ideas :)

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    Heather Schnese — November 21, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Make a new batch of scones each week. These are up for next week!
    Thanks.

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    Ilana — November 21, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    I’m a new reader, but YUM. So excited to try these scones!

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    kyleen — November 21, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    The fig, goat, cheese and rosemary scones sound amazing! I love figs, goat cheese, and rosemary and I can definitely see that combination as something I’d like.

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    Katherine Martinelli — November 22, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    I totally missed the giveaway but still wanted to let you know how awesome these scones look! This cookbook sounds just wonderful, I will have to check it out. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — November 25, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    YUMMMM!!! I just made these. They were fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I posted them on my blog (with credit given and some link love).

    http://www.unhipsquirrel.com/2011/11/sour-cream-blueberry-scones.html

    I recently discovered your site through CES – I’m loving it so far! Thanks again and have a great day :)

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    Genie @ Healthy Living Now — November 30, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Love me some blueberry scones, and yours look delicious! The last time I made some was last Thanksgiving, but that’s because my girlfriend is always making and supplying me and my son. I am watching my weight, and food intake, but i cannot leave out a bite of blueberry scones.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — July 17, 2012 @ 1:28 am

    Um, I’m guessing i’m too late for the give-away :-) but my blueberry bushes are full of plump blueberries that are yearning to be made into this recipe! I don’t have any sour cream, but I’ve got some Fage greek yogurt and some cream cheese, so I think I’ll just do a little experimenting :-)

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    Sara Davis — February 2, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    The best scones I have ever made or tasted! I used spelt flour and substituted organic plain yogurt for the sour cream. Delicious! I will be making these often.