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Time for Tea

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Time for Tea

1 Comment 31 January 2011

When the snow is coming down outside, there’s nothing better than curling up in a cozy sweater with a mug of steaming tea. But don’t settle for that old tea bag you found in the back of your closet – here’s a collection of what’s new, fun and elegant in tea time.

From  Yedi Housewares

We love these heart shaped cup and saucer sets. You can buy a set of 6 cups & saucers in assorted colors (bubblegum pink, banana yellow, lime green, pumpkin orange, turquoise blue and cranberry red). Available in two sizes.

Mighty Leaf Teas-

Mighty Leaf Tea Chamomile Citrus, 15-Count Whole Leaf Pouches (Pack of 3)

This line of specialized teas are packaged in “artisan-crafted whole leaf tea pouches” without any glues or staples, to allow for big pieces of leaves, fruits and herbs. Flavors like chamomile citrus and ginger twist will keep you coming back for more.

2 Karat Cup –

Everyone needs to feel special sometimes, which is when this clever mug from the Museum of Modern Art comes in. Designed by Yusuke Fujinuma, this mug has a Swarovski crystal built in to the “ring,” so you slip on the cool gold band as you wrap your hands around the mug.

“Thank You” Cookies –

Sometimes a mug of fragrant tea is perfect on its own, but sometimes it’s a venue for a sweet kosher buttery cookie on the side. These “world of thanks” cookies sold at Dean and Deluca (and made by Eleni’s cookies) are as educational as they are delicious – teaching you how to say “thank you” in 5 different languages.

Lipton Pyramid Teas

Lipton has decided to replace the old school ‘paper pillow’ tea bags with the new ‘Pyramid Tea Bags’, invented by the Japanese years ago.

The pyramid shape of the tea bag gives room for the tea leaves inside it to expand. This allows you to have the ‘loose-leaf experience’, which adds to the luxurious experience of sipping a cup of these delicately scented tea bags. I was at a Brit Milah recently, and when they served these teas, I knew I had to find them and have them on my dessert table!

Buy Here: Lipton Green Tea, Mandarin Orange, Premium Pyramid Tea Bags, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)

Stash Honey Sticks can be displayed on a silver rectangular  tray on your dessert tray. They come in packs  of 6, are made out of pure clover honey, and  are kof-k certified.

Buy Here :Stash Premium Original Honey Sticks, 20-Count Sticks (Pack of 6)

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How to Use A Cookie Press For Fun Purim Cookies

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How to Use A Cookie Press For Fun Purim Cookies

2 Comments 16 January 2011

Looks like a new-fangled contraption, right? Truth is, the cookie press has been around for almost fifty years. Want to turn out buttery spritz cookies? How about homemade Milanos? Then you’re going to want to invest in one of these, and you will never have to reach for store-bought versions again.

The science behind the cookie press is pretty simple: fill the tube with cookie dough, and fit one of the metal disks at the bottom. Then, press the bottom of the tube right on to the cookie sheet, and press. When the dough comes out, it forms shapes corresponding to the disks. Flowers, hearts, squiggles, snowflakes – the designs that are available will vary depending on the brand you buy.

You can’t use just any cookie dough recipe here, since the dough has to be the right consistency to fit through the disks. I provide my recipe below, and most cookie presses come with a recipe in the box. For the press to work, your dough cannot be refrigerated. If you do need to make your dough in advance, make sure it comes to room temperature before filling the tube.

So what can you use your new contraption to make? How about a homemade version of those classic swiss fudge cookies from Stella D’Oro? Make the flower shape and then fill the centers with a little chocolate ganache.

What about your own version of Milanos? Two oval shaped cookies, sandwiched together with a little melted chocolate – voila! The opportunities for your new gadget are endless, and any of the varieties would be great to slip in to your Mishloach Manot for Purim. You can top your designs with sprinkles, colored sanding sugars or even pieces of fruit. You’ll get 10 phone calls asking how you made that cool design!

Buy here: Norpro Cookie Press

Recipe: Makes about 40 cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add in the egg, vanilla and salt and beat until combined.
Stir in the flour.
Fill the cookie press with the dough and fit the disk on.
Press the cookies out onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart.
Bake on 375 F for about 10 minutes, until just lightly golden.
Transfer to wire racks until cool.
Decorate as desired!

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Its Time to Cut Your Magnolia Trees!

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Its Time to Cut Your Magnolia Trees!

No Comments 31 March 2010

by Claudia Bildirici

Depending on the weather each year, the Magnolia tree starts to bud.

At that time, you can cut these buds to display at your holiday table.

The branch is very thick, so be careful and make sure you have good cutters. If it has flowered, than it is too late to cut it!

1-Place the branch when it is just a BUD  in warm water.

Not a vase just yet!

2-In approximately one week it will bloom indoors.

3-Wow! You will love the results. Float them in a bowl or a heavy vase.This heavy branch may tip so use rocks at the base.

If its not your tree, please ask permission. I’m not responsible for any arrests made!

By the way, my tree is off limits! Enjoy. Happy Holiday.

After Passover, you can enjoy my  homemade biscotti. Check out  http://www.lottiebiscotti.com/.




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