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Posts by Judy Larkin

SUMMER BERRY TERRINE

A light summer dessert that looks impressive but is very easy to make and you don’t have to turn the oven on when it’s 99°F outside! Ingredients: 3 cups mixed fresh berries (I used blackberries and strawberries.  If you use strawberries cut them into slices) ½ cup cranberry juice 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 4 tablespoons…

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Beet Spread

If you are looking for a different appetizer or sandwich filling, my sister-in-law shared her recipe for a beet spread. It has been a family favorite for years and one of those recipes she’s always asked to bring to pot luck dinners. Ingredients 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened 1 can (15 oz) Pickled Beets, drained…

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons; One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! That was a jump rope ditty that children sang as they played at Easter Time. When I was growing up in the North of England,…

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In Time for Easter

As children, my sister and I always decorated Easter eggs, and this was a tradition that I continued with my boys and then the grandsons.  We would have so much fun experimenting with different designs and ways to color the eggs.  This year I got the brilliant idea of seeing what happened if the eggs…

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Cottage Cheese Fluff

This recipe couldn’t be easier.  If you use low calorie and sugar free items, it shouldn’t put any lbs. on the hips. I made it for dinner and also as a delightful little dessert served in demitasse cups to accompany afternoon tea.  Ingredients 1 ½ cups cottage cheese 1 (3 ounce) package of Jell-O (any…

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British Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a classic British treat that are perfect for all ages. They are definitely not pancakes, more like a bar cookie made from oats bound with butter, golden syrup and brown sugar. They are a little like an oatmeal cookie and a lot like a granola bar.  The slow releasing energy from the oats…

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Are Your Hands Red and Raw from Constant Washing?

Here in West Virginia at the Larkin Tea Company, we’re not actually distilling hand sanitizer but because our hands are raw from washing them fifty thousand times a day, we’ve made our own hand lotion using green tea and coconut oil.  (It could also be used as a body lotion.) It is a very easy…

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Potato Chip Cookies

Happy Potato Chip Day! To celebrate we’re sharing a simple cookie recipe whose main ingredient is crushed potato chips. The design on the cookies was created by stamping them with the decorative base of a glass before cooking. When my eldest grandson, Andrew, was a child we’d bake these together. Called them “Mystery Cookies” because…

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Tea and The Coronavirus

People have been asking us about how safe it is to drink tea from China. Due to the proposed tariffs on tea from China, we ordered our supplies before the end of 2019. All the Chinese tea in our possession was harvested and delivered well before the virus broke out. It takes over two months…

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Traditional Irish Boxty

Boxty is a traditional Irish food that makes good use of that most famous Irish staple: the potato. It is essentially a potato pancake that can be eaten alone or as a side dish.  Boxty was a traditional “peasant food” since the ingredients were generally cheap and affordable in poor households. Irish peasants in the 18th…

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