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Chocolate and Orange Scones

These delicious scones are so tasty that it is not really necessary to serve jam but if you really have to, suggest using an orange marmalade to enhance the orange flavoring. We merely spread them, while still warm, with butter. A spoon of clotted cream tastes good too. Suggested teas to accompany the scones: Irish…

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February Newsletter, 2020

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti It’s February and it’s cold. In the Larkin household that means it soup weather.  A warm bowl of…

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Soups made with Tea

A warm bowl of soup always tastes nourishing, especially on a cold winter day. Add tea to the broth, and the soup is even more beneficial. What are the advantages of cooking with tea? Well, tea is packed with antioxidants (that get rid of potentially harmful, oxidizing substances in your body) and polyphenols (which work to fight…

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What speaks more of the Holiday season than cranberries?

Judith Krall-Russo, fellow Certified Tea Specialist and Food Historian, who calls the American Cranberry “The Queen of the Bog” writes: “The large American cranberry is one of a few fruits that are native to only North America. Native Americans prized this tart berry using them not only for food, but also as a medicine and…

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Cranberry Eggnog Trifle

Eggnog infused cake is layered with fresh cranberry sauce and eggnog pudding in this gorgeous, show-stopping holiday dessert! yield: 12 servings prep time: 30 minutes cook time: 30 minutes total time: 1 hour INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE 1 white cake mix 1 1/4 cups eggnog 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 egg whites 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg FOR THE CRANBERRY SAUCE…

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Cranberry Wassail with Tea

Serves/Makes: 20 1 quart hot tea 1 quart cranberry juice 1 quart apple juice 3 pieces cinnamon sticks (2 inches long) 12 whole cloves 1 cup sugar 2 cups orange juice 3/4 cup lemon juice 1 orange, sliced, rind studded with cloves if desired 1 lemon, sliced, rind studded with cloves if desired Combine the…

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Cranberry Orange Scones

3 Cups All- Purpose Flour 1/3 Cups Sugar (Extra Fine is Best) 1-1/2 Tablespoons Baking Powder (MAKE SURE IT IS FRESH) ½ Teaspoons Salt 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Cut into ½ Inch Pieces and Soften ¼ Cup Dried Cranberries 1 Tablespoon Orange Zest 1 Cup Whole Milk 2 Large Eggs 1 Teaspoon Orange Extract 1…

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Microwave Christmas Plum Pudding

It’s not too early to make your Christmas Plum Puddings.  Ideally, they should be made at least four weeks ahead of time and “fed” brandy every week.  The following recipe is a quick and simple one that can be prepared at the last minute and doesn’t require steaming for hours as do the traditional recipes. …

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Pumpkin Pie Squares

Yield: 12-15 Squares Ingredients: Crust 1 Cup Sifted Flour 1/2 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar 1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Rolled Oats 1/2 Cup Butter Pie Filling 2 Cups Pumpkin Puree 1 Large Can of Evaporated Milk 2 Eggs 3/4 Cup Sugar 1/2 Tsp. Salt 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon 1/2 Tsp. Ginger Caramelized Nuts 1/2 Cup Finely…

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Tea Biscuits for Fido

DIY Doggie Breath Mints Recipe Ingredients 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/4 cup parsley, dried ¼ cup mint, dried 1 large egg (see tip below for dogs with allergies to chicken products) 1/2 cup of water, plus 1 tablespoon (more water as needed to form the dough) 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Directions: Preheat the oven…

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