Book Review

spinach & carrot ramekins with bechamel

~ spinach & carrot ramekins with bechamel ~ This is a recipe adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, the beautiful Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros. You can make these in seperate little (2 inch) ramekins, or in one big glass casserole pan. This time I made them in a big pan and cut…

six senses saturday

feeling :: newly felted wool sweaters for mitten making tasting :: rotisserie chicken tacos smelling :: Jeff’s crafish bisque simmering on the stove hearing :: Ray Lamontagne sing THIS, THIS and THIS seeing :: big mooshy kitty snoozing on big mooshy comforter and the gorgeous, fabulous, can’t get enough of it… COCO before Chanel knowing…

tomato bisque ~ two ways

~ Tearoom Tomato Basil Bisque ~ We LOVE tomato soup in our house. As the beginning of a meal or to dip gooey grilled cheese sandwiches into, it’s one of our favorites. Above is my riff on the tomato basil bisque we use to serve at “The Tale of Two Sisters Tearoom” here in Red…

five passionate cookbooks & a romantic recipe for breakfast in bed

Valentine Treat #5… My favorite passionate cookbooks! The Passionate Palate by  Desiree Witkowski Aphrodite by Isabel Allende Intercourses by Martha Hopkins & Randall Lockridge The Erotic Baker Cookbook by Karen Dwyer & Patrika Brown Romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach Stay-in-Bed Fruit and Wine Omelet recipe adapted  from the beautiful book… The Passionate Palate…

rose ylang ylang massage oil

~ rose ylang ylang massage oil ~ “All thoughts, all passions, all delights, whatever stirs this mortal frame, are all but ministers of love, and feed his sacred flame.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge Did you know that I wrote a “home spa” book? Yup. I did. It’s called Chin Deep in Bubbles and on pages 35…

lemony olive oil banana bread

The days are getting shorter and colder here in Minnesota. Autumn’s panoply of color, almost spent…leaving tree skeletons against a backdrop of gunmetal grey sky. We’ve been making lots of tea, baking lots of bread, and there is almost always a big pot of some kind of soup in the refrigerator. I’ve been flipping on…

teacup candle

page 16- “Welcome Home” by Melissa Placzek There are several pages where I talk about tea and tea-related treats in my books, Chin Deep in Bubbles and Welcome Home! I remembered this while deciding what to post for Teatime Tuesday. I’ll be posting these little luxuries periodically throughout the next few months so you can…