A Literary Tea Party by Alison Walsh

A Literary Tea Party: Blends and Treats for Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo, and Book Lovers Everywhere by [Walsh, Alison]

A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in WonderlandThe Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:

 

  • Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia

 

  • Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland

 

  • Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh

 

  • Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women

 

  • Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer

 

  • And more!

 

 
Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.

What a lovely book full of recipes and book references. Each one evokes a memory of a story, a book, another time and place. Perfect for the tea lover, book lover or both!

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Tea with Jane Austen by Pen Volger

Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with one of the world’s favorite novelists

Inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen, this collection of cakes, bakes, and pastries is based on authentic recipes from the Regency era, which have been fully updated for modern-day cooks. In Jane Austen’s day, tea and cakes were usually served after dinner, or to evening guests, but these rolls, buns, tarts, and biscuits will be equally welcome at breakfast, with mid-morning coffee, or for an English afternoon tea. Recipes featured in the book include: English Muffins, based on the muffins served with after-dinner tea in “Pride and Prejudice”; Buttered Apple Tart as offered by Mr. Woodhouse to Miss Bates in “Emma”; and Jumbles, inspired by the cookies enjoyed by Fanny in “Mansfield Park”. From Plum Cake and Gingerbread to Ratafia Cakes and Sally Lunns “Tea with Jane Austen” has all the recipes you need to create the finest tea time treats, and the original recipes are given alongside, so you can compare them and appreciate modern time-savers such as dried yeast, and electric mixers all the more!

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Someone who knows me well sent me this lovely book. Full of delicious recipes for tea with or without Jane Austen. While I may not be a fan of her writing, I am a fan of this book!

Lovely pictures, stories and letters along with recipes which have been modernized which makes them very easy to prepare. I love this little book and I can see an entire tea with this theme! A great Book Club theme as well.

I hope this Thursday is treating you well. As I sit here sipping a huge mug of English Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s this morning, I noticed the weather button popped up with a high of 80 today. And I finally think I’m ready to get back out there and start running again. At least I’m going to try. It’s been a year since my first corneal surgery and I still have 11 stitches and probably have one more surgery, but I really feel the need to be out in nature, so we shall see.

xx Patricia

It’s Finally Here! Christmas With Southern Living 2017!

Christmas with Southern Living 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Brought to you by the lovely folks at Southern Living it’s the annual Christmas With Southern Living. Inspired ideas for holiday cooking and decorating.

It’s always a pleasure to get the annual book of all things Southern and Christmas. With ideas on decorating, themes, full menus with recipes and lovely things to make to adorn your home with that special holiday magic.

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They always have the most gorgeous decoration ideas and the food is exquisite! In our family it wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual book. They even have a place in the back with a place for lists of things you did that year, what the menu was and who got what. And heaven knows I love organization like that! Wouldn’t want a repeat of two Christmases ago now would we? ( Sarcasm there)

Our local libraries have all of them if you would like to check it out before you buy.

Enjoy your Saturday. It’s warm and sunny here today and I am pretty sure they are either having war games on the Air Force Base as we have had ordinance of some type going off all morning.

xx Patricia

Christmas Cozies and Southern Living

Merry Masquerade in Savannah: A Made in Savannah Cozy Mystery (Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series Book 8) by [Callaghan, Hope]  Product Details Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen series) by [Fluke, Joanne, Meier, Leslie, Levine, Laura]              Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by [Davis, Krista]                     Product Details           How the Finch Stole Christmas (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by [Ripley, J.R.]   Christmas with Southern Living 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Looking for some Christmas Cozies? Here are some I enjoyed and it wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t have my Christmas With Southern Living. I have way more of these than a person probably should but they are part of my childhood and things passed down from my own mother.

Take a break from the shopping craziness and grab a nice cuppa and a cozy book!

Enjoy your Saturday!

 

The Cozy CookBook: Recipes and Stories from your favorite Cozy Authors!

The Cozy Cookbook

I am in love with this book! The best of cozy mysteries, in my own humble opinion are the ones that not only describe the yummy food but also give you the recipes in the end!

Well now all of our favorite cozy authors are here in one big fat book of not only recipes, but excerpts from their book as well. In the back are listed all of the authors, the series they write as well as their Bios.

My all time fave is the Wild Rice and Pumpkin Pilaf from Town in a Pumpkin Bash by B.B.Haywood.

Some of the authors you will meet: Laura Childs, Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber, Ellery Adams, Connie Archer, Leslie Budewitz, Celo Coyle, Victoria Hamilton, B.B. Haywood, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton.

If you would like to check it out first, I did a search and most libraries have it in stock. If not just ask your librarian to order it. Most will.

Not only have I found some excellent new recipes, but I’ve also found some new authors! It’s a win-win!

Hope you are having a peaceful Wednesday. It’s gray and rainy here today so a perfect day for reading!

xx Patricia

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes by Addie Gundry

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes: 103 Comforting Breakfast Casseroles, Dinner Ideas, and Desserts Everyone Will Love by [Gundry, Addie]

The first in the RecipeLion series, presenting 103 easy recipes for accessible casseroles that are ideal for entertaining, everyday dinners, and even breakfast and desserts.

From Cinnamon Roll Casserole to John Wayne Cowboy Casserole, the 103 casserole dishes in this cookbook are simple and stress-free, but each is packed with flavor, making them your go-to family favorites to whip up any day of the week. In 103 Family Favorite Casserole Recipes, Addie Gundry shows that a dish doesn’t have to be complicated to be creative. You don’t need multiple pots and pans to find flavor. And with the proper tools, tips and techniques, anyone can cook memorable meals. She teaches you how to whip up everything from Potato Chip and Chicken Casserole to Strawberry Icebox Casserole to Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole. A casserole is something to be shared—something warm, rich, and worthy of a gathering on its own. Every recipe is paired with a beautiful finished dish photograph that will make readers jump at the idea of casserole night.

Nothing says home to me like a casserole. In the South we call them casseroles and in the North my Grandma called them hotdishes. What ever you call them in your house they are delicious!

When you need to bring a dish, casseroles are the go to staple. Someone sick? Or passed away? Get out the casserole dish. These are comfort foods. Meant to hug your tummy with warmth and memories.

There are so many in this book and they all look yummy!

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

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Garbanzo. Cannellini. Fava. Calypso. Edamame. Adzuki. It’s true: beans have the coolest names ever. But besides that, they’re also one of nature’s most perfect foods. Packed with protein, nutrients, and flavor, you might even call them a vegan’s #1 best friend (don’t worry, we won’t tell the trail mix, veggies, or French fries!).

But with so much versatility and variety, where does one begin? Right inside these very pages, that’s where. In The Great Vegan Bean Book, author Kathy Hester primes you on everything you need to know about the best way to cook—and eat!—every bean you’ve ever seen (and a few you probably haven’t). From soaking times, to cooking times, to what to purée, to what to sauté, you’ll be dancing delicious circles around those legumes in no time.

Not only that, but you’ll also get to try your hand—or is it your mouth?—at some of the tastiest, most innovative bean recipes in this lentil-filled land. From beanalicious burritos, to pretty-pea curry, to legume-laced blondies, you’ll be partying protein-style, every meal of the day!

One of the many things I love about this book is it includes non-soy and gluten-free recipes. Both of those things are a no-no for me. If you thought beans were boring, you haven’t seen this book yet. If you ask my grandson what my favorite food is he will say quickly Beans! Since we don’t eat meat, we get our protein from other sources, such as plants. And with over 100 great recipes, this book will quickly become a go to source!

Well Done Ms. Hester!

Southern Breads:Recipes,Stories and Traditions by Marilyn Markel and Chris Holaday

Southern Breads: Recipes, Stories and Traditions (American Palate) by [Markel, Marilyn, Holaday, Chris]

The warmth of the oven and the smell of fresh-baked bread conjure comforting memories of tradition and place. Aside from being a staple on every table in the South, these breads and their recipes detail the storied history of the region. Biscuits emerged from Native American and European traditions. Cornbread, with its vast variety, is a point of debate among Southerners over which recipe yields the most delicious results. The hushpuppy, developed possibly to quiet whining dogs, is a requirement for any true catfish or barbecue meal. Author Chris Holaday and top culinary instructor Marilyn Markel offer the mouthwatering history, famous recipes and heartwarming stories of Southerners in their kitchens.

More than just breads, this book is chock full of all of the foods from my childhood and the food we learned to cook growing up in the South. Even though it’s full of things I can’t eat, the memories that flood my heart when I see them are priceless. Plus I can make them for family who go all ga-ga for them.

Biscuits and gravy, Pimento Cheese, Chicken and Dumplings, Cobblers, Corn Bread and Bread Pudding! Oh My!  Along with the recipes are stories. Traditions and memories of all of those Junior League and Church cookbooks our mothers passed on to us.

What a lovely gift!

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xx Patricia

 

 

Mug It! Easy & Delicious Meals For One by Pam McElroy

Mug It!: Easy & Delicious Meals for One

Dinner for one can be a lonely, tasteless prospect. But when dinner (or lunch, breakfast, or a snack, for that matter) is made in a mug, it suddenly becomes a whole lot more fun. From blueberry muffins and quiches to mac ‘n cheese and chocolate peanut butter cake, Mug It contains simple, delicious, recipes for every taste and craving. Easy-to-follow recipes and four-color photographs make Mug It the perfect cookbook for nearly anyone who has a mug, a microwave, and an appetite.

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Now that I have given in to years of begging and purchased a microwave I thought I should learn to make something in it and not just heat up coffee. So when I saw this book I was very excited. Most of my meals are eaten out of a bowl or a mason jar, so why not a mug. Heaven knows I have enough of them. And I am just odd enough to embrace this so I don’t burn up any more pots or pans.

There really is something for everyone in here! From Mason Jar Salads, which are my favorite thing this year to overnight oats, dips, breads and muffins in a mug, eggs in a mug, even meatloaf and mac and cheese! Cookies, cupcakes, yummy desserts and even pickling!

So we tried the cake thing and besides the dip and pickling everything else turned out just great! The one thing I especially like is portion control. I mean, it’s a mug. Normally when you make a cake you are probably going to eat more than you should. Same with other foods, but with this when you get to the bottom of the mug, you are done! No mess to clean up, no leftovers to put in the fridge and pretend you will eat later but never do and the entire thing ends up in the trash bin. At least here it does.

So all in all I’d have to say this book is brilliant! Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go have some Earl Grey Tea and a Quiche in a Mug!

CELEBRATE EVERY DAY BY JAIME RICHARDSON

Celebrate Every Day: Recipes For Making The Most Of Special Moments With Your Family by [Richardson, Jaime]

Recipes for making the most of special moments with your family.  You may know Jaime from sophistimom.com. I love her and I love this book. This is a woman who was chosen by the editors at Martha Stewart’s official blog network to be a part of their small circle.

Yet she has a family and this book shows that. Everything in here is simple to make, takes simple wholesome ingredients and turns them into an experience.

My absolute favorite recipe is the Fresh Peach French Toast Bread Pudding. Oh my heavenly days it is good!  Want to make some jam? Blueberry jam that is easy as pie!

It’s a go to book if you have children or not. Beautifully done and worth every penny!

celebrateeveryday Yummy!!!  With some Harney & Sons Peach Tea….wow!