Amy Tudor
May 31, 2010

Thank you, dear readers, for offering so much enthusiasm for our new little baby.   We are happy to share a few recent photos and baby updates. 

Happy Mothers Day to all...I hope you all get some home baked goodies in recognition of your special place in life and for all you do. This month's recipe highlights the flavors of lemon and citrus again!! I love them...They are light and refreshing. And anything that uses lemon curd is a winner with me. I encourage you to use different fruit combinations with this recipe. Experiment! Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries: all delicious substitutes. And using orange or lime curd is a delightful option as well!

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Winslow Tudor
March 10, 2010

Some chickens are real individuals. The most notable chicken Tasha ever knew was Chickahominy. His mother was a bearded Belgium bantam that started her clutch of eggs early in spring, and failed to hatch any save one, at which point she abandoned the effort. Rescued by Tasha from the cold, and thawed atop the double boiler on the woodstove, Chickahominy soon demonstrated his penchant for woodstoves, tea, gardening, scrambled eggs, traveling and people, especially Tasha.

One of my first "jobs" was making croissants for the Inn up the road for the breakfast crowd. I think I was 12? I had taken a class in whole wheat baking and making croissants there...yummy! So I rolled and rolled and marveled at the amount of butter and was so very proud of my beautiful croissants. 

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It seems that we all have been blessed with gigantic zucchini this year. Or maybe life has gotten away from us with school starting and the promise of fall...either way, this is my favorite zucchini bread recipe. I usually make a double recipe and make mini loaves as well as a regular sized loaf. They are quick and easy for a breakfast in the car or an afternoon tea break. Thinly sliced, it makes a lovely turkey sandwich! 

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Happy Holidays to all! 'Tis the season for crafting and cooking. I have finished my first craft fair and though the absence of snow does not make it quite feel like winter, the Christmas spirit is within me! The advent house is out and Hannah and Jack are waking up very early this morning to open the doors and view their treats. Maybe they will sleep late on Christmas morning? 

Though I typically share recipes for sweet treats at this holiday, I thought I would share an appetizer recipe this time. For your own Christmas party or that "bring a dish" party...I hope you enjoy this flavorful dip. I encourage you to use fresh basi but dried will work as well. I wish all our friends a most happy and healthy Christmas season with their families. And as my grandmother so aptly quoted, "Take Joy". 

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Even my grandmother can appreciate a modern appliance like a Cuisinart or KitchenAid mixer. In this recipe, a Cuisinart or food processor makes this wonderful, flavorful dip to use with fresh vegetables, pita chips, and other favorite dippers. 

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I discovered these cupcakes this winter during a relaxing cookbook perusal. These cupcakes are wonderful as minis. The salty combined with the sweet is a real treat to the taste buds. Cupcake liners are another one of my little obessions and I delight in finding pretty and whimsical liners at obsure locations like hardware stores and party stores. I just found some online that are the most beautiful scroll patterns in great colors. 

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I find that strawberry jam has the best contrast with the almonds but raspberry or apricot is fine. A little confectioners sugar sprinkled over the top or a drizzle of melted chocolate adds even more flavor and drama!

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