I am a cookbook addict. I love looking at beautiful pictures, reading the ingredients and imagining the delectable finish. Holiday cookbooks and magazines are my downfall. Ginger and sugar cookies are my favorite Christmas cookies and this is one of my most favorite recipes from a very early addition to my library. They are perfect with a cup of Tasha's tea. And their dainty size is perfect for gift giving. Don't be tempted to make them larger, they'll lose their charm! And from my family to yours...happy baking this holiday season. Take time to fill the house with delicious smells and share the joy of baking with your children. Give homemade, it's so special.
I think I have referenced my passion for mini cupcakes in an earlier post but here is another wonderful recipe for muffins made in any size. These are delightful frosted or not. I have been collecting more mini cupcake liners from Etsy.com along with some beautiful cupcake wrappers...some wonderful designs and colors are available. School bake sales will never be the same again! Enjoy your time in the kitchen!
Chilled soups are hit or miss but this one is delightful and children will love it as well...once you persuade them to try it! It is refreshing and light. And so beautifully colorful. Poured into small jelly glasses or depression shot glasses, it makes a wonderful "amuse" for a dinner party.
At the start of the holiday season, I am always full of grand ideas for cooking, baking and creating the most wonderful goodies for friends and family. I end up being challenged for time as the inevitable holiday activities that take up valuable creative hours but I love this time of year for specialty baking. This year my husband Matthew and I are having a gingerbread contest. He is convinced that his will be more extravagant and architecturally stunning!! We shall see...Jack and Hannah will be the judges! Along with fudge, sugar cookies, lemon bread, and panuche, this toffee is a favorite of mine to give as a gift. Please enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful holiday baking season!
And if you're looking for a gift for a baker in your life you might check out the Home & Kitchen section of our online store. We have several cookie cutter options, beautiful aprons, and both cards and prints of some of Tasha's more domestic themed works.
This is a November tradition for the Tudor family. Dundee cake is better when aged in the freezer! Its also a great family activity as the egg beating takes strong arms and the children will love making the designs with the fruit and almonds. On December 6th, St. Nicholas' birthday, we start the beginning of our Christmas season with a special tea party. The advent wreath is put on display, the Dundee cake is enjoyed, and the spirit of the season is upon us.
I love anything lemon. I have had some requests for lemon cakes and it made me remember lemon bread that a very dear lady I worked for at a wonderful kitchen store gave me. I used to make it for the store to sell, wrapped gaily in ribbon! A perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea, to give as a hostess gift, or an after school snack! Enjoy and remember this is not low fat!
Here is a summer picnic recipe. Savory chicken salad! I encourage you to experiment with herbs in this salad. Blend your favorites, chop finely and add to the final mixture. Fresh herbs always much such a difference and you don't even need a garden to grow them! Small pots in the window can provide you with fragrant herbs all year long.
Here is the June recipe. I apologize for not posting a May recipe, but the resort where I work (my real job!) opened for the season, so this is always the busiest time of year for me. But I'm back! Amy and I were just in New York City for the National Stationary Show and were inspired by the great bakeries, the garment district, and the incredible fabric stores. Sometimes you need a little creative boost!
This brown sugar fudge was a childhood favorite of mine. I remember coming home to face piano practice and finding a plate of panuche on the piano. What a treat! Its memories like this that inspire me to share my recipes with you.