Casey Wait
August 29, 2016

This past Sunday, August 28th, marked Tasha’s 101st birthday! At Corgi Cottage the day was sunny, hot and humid, just the kind of weather Tasha liked most. Were she still with us she likely would have spent her birthday tending to her garden, lush and overgrown in that extravagant late summer way, perhaps stopping in the afternoon for tea on the porch (sipped hot even on a day as balmy as this!) and home baked cake with her family.

 

Amy Tudor
August 13, 2016

We marked Tasha’s 100th Birthday, August 28, 2015, with an intimate event, one that was infused with a sense of beauty, a Tasha Tudor necessity.  We taught our guests how to paint using Tasha’s techniques; we shared stories, food and tea.  And of course, we floated her 100th birthday cake. People who weren’t in attendance might have started wondering why we hadn’t been posting much on our website or facebook or even been sending many e-newsletters.  Was everything all right in the Tasha Tudor world?  Was it ending?  Was it over?

Easter is on its way, even  though the snow is trying its best to halt the progress of spring here in VT.  Easter is another favorite holiday of mine that includes baking and decorating and traditions that carry on through the years. Rabbits, chicks, violets, daffodils, tulips, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow eggs. Oh boy.  I still have decorated goose eggs from my childhood that I treasure and a collection of vintage collectibles for the table to highlight the children's Easter baskets. I start collecting items to "assist" the Easter Bunny months ahead of time. 

Easter food is lemon and meringue, hot cross buns, ham, asparagus and so many more delightful flavors including this Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie. 

Chess pie is a traditional southern dish, a very simple pie not a custard but is compared to a cheese-less cheesecake! This lemon version is made with buttermilk and is a simple and delightful end to a Easter brunch or dinner. 

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Fresh Cut Jewelweed
Amy Tudor
July 1, 2015

The time came to try our hands at making a Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) tincture for bug bites and other skin irritations.  The magical forest we live in extends its reach to exclude poison ivy from growing here.  But if it grew here, this recipe would be good for poison ivy bites too.  Like many of the most enjoyable projects, this one came on its own.  We noticed. And we followed it. 

This past holiday season, I made this pudding at least five times for holiday parties, brunches and just to have at home! It is perfect for using up bits of bread and it's a comfort food. And the nostalgia of bread pudding is perfect for a Tudor family receipt. The Vanilla Caramel Sauce is a golden sauce that makes a beautiful gift in a glass jar. Pour it over freshly churned vanilla bean ice cream or pound cake or even a freshly baked apple pie!

 

Summer Tasha Tudor and Family
Natalie Wise
August 20, 2014

We've had a lot of cold, rainy days this summer. It's been quite astonishing, really, in stark contrast to the heat of last summer.  Then again we have had many beautiful days, sunny, 75 and perfectly pleasant. On days like this it's a shame to be inside, so we take reading outside, work outside, the children and animals outside. We take lemonade and watermelon and iced tea out on the porch. We tell stories outside, laugh, run, swim, pick berries. 

Winslow Tudor
July 16, 2014

A hot, humid, sunny, windless July day invariably brought an extra degree of happiness to Tasha, especially if she was gardening. By July the perfection of a June garden has mellowed into a green and pastel sprawl of perennials and annuals, some still in bloom but also preparing fruits and seeds. 

Natalie Wise
May 13, 2014

It has been rainy in Vermont lately. As gardeners, we relish the rain this time of year, especially after a dry winter. The garden bursts with life after a good rain. But for a nice rainy afternoon, inside, we relish the opportunity to finish a few sewing projects for the summer, and to take a break from outdoor work. 

Natalie Wise
February 25, 2014

We hope you had a great Valentine's Day and George Washington's Birthday! 

Now that we've enjoyed the February holidays, our attention tends to turn towards spring and Easter. 

Winslow Tudor
February 10, 2014

Winter evenings brought to Tasha a quiet expanse of hours between the end of evening chores and bedtime. After the dishes were washed, dried and put away, the goats and chickens fed and watered, corgis walked and the canaries' cage covered with an old grey apron to diminish drafts, Tasha sat in her wooden rocker with the blue wool checked blanket over the back, put her feet up on a chair near the cook stove fender, and wrote letters. She wrote to family, friends, publishers and people she had not met but whose lives and endeavors were of interest to her.