Latest articles by Krista Bjorn for Plum Deluxe

Krista Bjorn

Closeup side view of a summer raspberry cake topped with Norwegian raspberry snow and fresh raspberries.

Summer Raspberry Cake Recipe

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A summer raspberry cake recipe is such a delightful way to celebrate the return of sunshine, green grass, and endless blue skies. Sprightly and tart with notes of lemon and ginger and a sweet, creamy topping, this cake is a delicious blend of summer flavors, the ideal thing to take on a summer picnic. The […]

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Three coconut praline pecans sit on a floral plate in front of a mug of tea and a plate full of pecans.

Sweet & Crunchy Coconut Praline Pecans

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While a slice of pecan pie may be a mighty fine thing, indeed, sometimes you want a bite-size something that’s even better than pie, like coconut praline pecans. These little morsels are truly decadent, with buttery coconut and crunchy pecan pieces smothered in a rich syrup that hardens into a divine, melt-in-your-mouth (not in your […]

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British Strawberry Scones

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Scones are wonderful any time of year, but these British strawberry scones are especially delightful on a warm summer morning or sultry afternoon. Tender, buttery, and generously sized, these scones are studded with oodles of fresh, ripe strawberries that get even juicier and more flavorsome through the baking process. With a lavish helping of vanilla […]

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A brown sugar scone sits on a floral plate next to a block of butter and a brown sugar latte.

Brown Sugar Scones for Teatime Comfort

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On a lazy Saturday afternoon, you can’t choose much better than brown sugar scones for teatime comfort. Tender and buttery with a crispy brown sugar topping, these beauties are pure comfort, especially when served warm with a creamy Cinnamon Brown Sugar Tea Latte. Brown Sugar Scones These light and tender scones are a showcase for […]

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Overhead view of a raspberry galette with tea syrup on a baking tray.

Easy Galette Recipe with Raspberries and Tea Syrup

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A galette is such a fun pastry to make, and this easy galette recipe with raspberries and tea syrup is simplicity itself. A galette is like a free-form pie or tart where pastry is folded up over a filling of fruit. If making a pie from scratch seems daunting, give the galette a try and […]

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Our Best Italian Tea Cookies Recipe

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I love how the smell of Italian tea cookies conjure up happy memories of festive gatherings and holiday parties, especially these lovelies made with our Best Italian Tea Cookies Recipe. As I pulled them out of the oven today, I couldn’t stop smiling as I dusted them with powdered sugar snow and inhaled deeply of […]

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Overhead view of almond tea cookies on plates and a baking tray, with a bowl of almond and cup of tea on the side.

Afternoon Almond Tea Cookies

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It’s not easy to find recipes that easily transition between gluten and gluten-free, but this recipe for Afternoon Almond Tea Cookies fits the bill beautifully. Before baking, this cookie dough is quite sloppy, not firming up until it’s had a cooling stint in the refrigerator. This part of the process firms it up nicely (thanks, […]

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Closeup view of a plate of sliced chicken breast covered in a tea marinade for chicken.

Spicy Tea Marinade for Chicken

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Chicken is such a wonderfully versatile thing, perfectly suited to a variety of marinades — such as our Spicy Comfort Blend Tea Marinade for Chicken. Far too often, tea is relegated to the realm of Hot Drink Only, but it can be used in so many other creative and delicious ways. With its delicate aromas […]

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Take your tiramisu game in an entirely new, and utterly delicious, direction, by turning it into this Earl grey strawberry tea tiramisu.

Strawberry Earl Grey Tea Tiramisu Recipe

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Tiramisu is one of those desserts it’s difficult to mess up. How could you go wrong with ladyfingers soaked in strong coffee, then pillowed by layers of luscious mascarpone blended with a heady liqueur? Quite simply, you can’t. You can, however, take it in an entirely new, and utterly delicious, direction, by turning it into […]

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English tea biscuits are stacked in front of a red mug of tea on a wooden table.

Homemade English Tea Biscuits Recipe Better than Store Bought

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I have loved English tea biscuits ever since I was a little girl and they were handed to me in Sunday School along with a paper cup of grape juice. These days I prefer them with a large mug of black tea sweetened with honey and whitened with a bit of milk. They are the […]

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Overhead view a bundt-shaped hibiscus cake recipe on a white floral plate.

Vanilla Hibiscus Cake Recipe for Your Next Tea Party

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Hibiscus is one of those amazing things that delights with not only its taste, but also its color and fragrance. We get to celebrate two of those three things in our hibiscus cake recipe, otherwise known to us as the Magical Disappearing Color Cake. When I first made this cake, I had visions of the […]

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Three Homemade Cookies Made with Tea

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Homemade cookies with a cup of tea are lovely any time of day, but cookies made with tea are even more special. Baking with tea is a delicious way to infuse cookies with both fragrance and flavor and, if you mix in the tea leaves as well, you have a cookie that is scrumptious, beautiful, […]

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Overhead view of a pan of easy Portuguese egg tart recipe on a wooden table.

Easy Portuguese Egg Tart Recipe

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Anything that includes egg custard is pure comfort food to me, and when it’s encased in a buttery puff pastry like our easy Portuguese egg tart recipe, the comfort level goes through the roof. Portuguese egg tarts (pasteis de nata) are a specialty of Portugal, a rich egg custard nestled in a delicate pastry and […]

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Overhead view of three tea party salads on brightly colored floral plates on a wooden table, surrounded by greens.

3 Tea Party Salads for Your Next Soiree

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Tea parties are delightful with their platters of cookies, sweet scones, and tender cakes, but now and then it’s nice to have a healthier version replete with gorgeous tea party salads that delight the eye as well as the taste buds. Just because a tea party features salads instead of desserts does not mean that […]

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Overhead view of a slice of chocolate orange tart on a dark blue floral plate surrounded by a colorful cloth, a cup of tea, the rest of the tart on a white and blue plate, and a bowl of oranges.

Chocolate Orange Tart with Shortbread Crust

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Sometimes a decadent dessert is just the thing for sharing with a dear friend or celebrating the end of a rough day, and this chocolate orange tart would be a welcome sight for either occasion. This tart is deceptively simple to make, but its layers of flavors and textures make it an elegant companion for […]

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Three mini napoleons are arranged on a blue floral plate with a teapot and cup of tea in the background.

Trio of Mini Desserts for a Tea Party

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Making dessert for a get-together is always delightful, but making mini desserts for a tea party is pure, unadulterated fun. I don’t know what it is about miniature desserts that are so endearing, but I love them. From perfectly iced petit fours in a rainbow of pastels to tiny cream tarts topped with even tinier […]

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Overhead view of an ooey gooey bar on a floral plate with a cup of tea brewing on the side.

Tea Treats for Two: Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe

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Sharing tea with a dear friend is always a good idea, especially when you have tea treats for two, like this ooey gooey bars recipe. There are times when restraint is in order, and saying no to dessert is a sensible option, but when you’re cozying in with a good friend for a long chat […]

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Overhead view of a wooden table filled with plates of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeses, and spreads.

Fancy Grilled Cheese Ideas for Grownup People

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A grilled cheese tea party is pure comfort food fun, but with fancy grilled cheese ideas for grownup people, it becomes a festive celebration of good bread, divine cheese, and lusciously decadent extras. I’ve loved grilled cheese sandwiches since I was a little girl. Back then they were simple affairs, brown bread, butter, and cheddar […]

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Overhead view of a loaf of strawberry cream cheese tea bread next to a slice of bread on a blue and red floral plate and a cup of loose leaf tea.

Strawberry Tea Bread with Almond Cream Cheese Filling

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I do love a good tea bread, tender and fragrant, and this strawberry tea bread with almond cream cheese filling is not only delicious, it’s like a danish from heaven. Made with a rich, buttery dough laced with cinnamon, this tea bread is layered with a ribbon of decadent almond cream cheese filling and topped […]

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Mugs full of soup and fried onions are arranged on a wooden table along with a plate of grated cheese and fresh onions.

Two Dinner Party Soups to Comfort Your Soul

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While it’s fun to plan a lavish dinner party with all the trimmings, sometimes comfort food is in order, and dinner party soups fit the bill beautifully. From Macaroni and Cheese Soup with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and springy Curried Pea Soup to Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup or Caramelized Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, the […]

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Overhead view of a baking tray and two floral plates full of gingerbread spice coconut macaroons.

Gingerbread Spice Coconut Macaroons Recipe

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This gingerbread spice coconut macaroons recipe takes traditional coconut macaroons and gives them a heady boost of fragrance and flavor with a generous infusion of gingerbread spices. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg — they’re all warming flavors that pair wonderfully with buttery coconut. I’ve always loved receiving plates piled high with all sorts of cookies such […]

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A square of maple fudge sits on a bright floral plate along with a knife. In the background are a pan of maple fudge, a wooden cutting board with chunks of dried maple syrup, and a bowl of maple dust.

Maple Fudge Recipe with Maple Syrup

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The holidays just don’t seem right without at least one square of rich, creamy fudge, and this maple fudge recipe with maple syrup serves up a square that is fragrant, sweet, and utterly decadent. I’ve loved fudge since I was a little girl, eating each piece slowly, a nibble at time, letting its sugary goodness […]

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Overhead view of a plate of homemade cinnamon twists on a red floral plate, with a cup of cinnamon maple glaze and a mug of loose leaf tea on the side.

Homemade Cinnamon Twists with Maple Glaze

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Cinnamon and winter holidays go hand in hand, and these fragrant homemade cinnamon twists with cinnamon maple glaze are beautiful additions to a Yuletide brunch or afternoon tea. I love making these early in the morning so my household can wake up to the smell of cinnamon-laced bread filling the entire house. They are beautiful […]

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Overhead view of blue and white teacups surrounded by scattered orange, yellow, red, and white flowers on a wooden table.

Drink Your Flowers: A Guide to Floral Tea

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Floral tea has always felt a bit magical to me. Seeing the brightly colored petals floating in my tea cup gives me a sense of fairytale wonder and makes the enjoyment of my cuppa that much more delightful. Floral tea is not only visually enticing with its colors and shapes, it also enchants with the […]

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Overhead view of a pan of baked sweet potato sonker with a pitcher of milk dip on the side.

Sweet Potato Sonker with Milk Dip

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I am always charmed by quirkily named recipes, and Sweet Potato Sonker is a delight. Native to North Carolina, the sonker is a traditional dessert that is simply fruit or sweet potatoes in a luscious filling encased with pastry or dough, something akin to a deep dish pie or cobbler. It is set apart from […]

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Overhead view of a shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash, surrounded by its component parts: beef gravy, green peas, and cauliflower mash.

Hearty Party Fare: Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

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As the days shorten and temperatures plummet, comfort foods like shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash are just the ticket for warming the bones and cheering the soul. Shepherd’s Pie, often misspelled “shepards pie,” is a lovely dish made up of three layers that combine beautifully and make for hearty party fare with friends on a […]

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Overhead view of a kuchen baked in a red cast iron pot.

Easy Kuchen Recipe with Maple Spice Filling

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Kuchen is pure comfort to me, and this easy kuchen recipe makes it so simple to whip up a fragrant cake in time for morning coffee or afternoon tea. Kuchen is simply the German word for cake, and it comes in all sorts of variations. The most popular varieties are fruity and spicy. The fruity […]

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Overhead view of a square pan of apple pandowdy surrounded by apples and a wooden rolling pin.

Apple Pandowdy Recipe with Yogurt Pastry Crust

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Old-fashioned desserts with quirky names always delight me, and this Apple Pandowdy Recipe is one of the best. Lusciously tender apples enveloped in a brown sugar sauce and topped with buttery pastry make a dessert of ultimate comfort and sublime deliciousness. The origins of the pandowdy go back to the early days of America, when […]

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Overview of peach cardamom scone next to a bag of tea a plate of scones, butter, and loose leaf tea

Peach Cardamom Scones

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As fall settles in with cold winds and frosty mornings, I crave baked goods like these fragrant and buttery Peach Cardamom Scones. Tender, fragrant dough filled with juicy peach pieces, these Peach Cardamom Scones will fill your mouth with a burst of flavor in every bite. These delightful scones made from cardamom and maple-infused dough […]

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Overhead view of a strawberry buckle cake on a blue and white platter, with a cup of tea and bag of loose leaf tea on the side.

Old Fashioned Strawberry Buckle Cake

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Strawberry Buckle Cake is a lovely old-fashioned recipe from the early days of American cooking. It’s simply a coffee cake-type batter studded with fresh, seasonal fruit. Although the origin of the name is lost to time, many believe it refers to how the batter buckles around the fruit that softens and breaks down during the […]

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Overhead view of a blue plate of apple slump surrounded by apples, oranges, a cup of tea, and apple slump baked in a red crock.

Cinnamon Rum Apple Slump Recipe

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I love trying old-fashioned American desserts, and this apple slump recipe delights me with its quirky name and homey simplicity. A slump is simply baked fruit with a dumpling crust that “slumps” around the fruit as it cooks. Also known as a grunt or pandowdy, a slump is pure comfort food, especially when served hot […]

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Overhead view of a butternut squash tart with a glass of squash seeds, and a halved butternut squash.

Butternut Squash Tart with Curry Spice Crust

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Few vegetables speak fall to me more than squash, and a Butternut Squash Tart is a delectable way to celebrate the return of this glorious season with its cooler weather, luscious colors, and permission to slow down after a busy summer. Butternut squash is such a lovely, versatile ingredient. Whether you use it as a […]

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Overhead view of a jar of spiced pear jam on a wooden table with slices of bread and a cup of loose leaf tea.

Better Than Grandma’s Pear Preserves: Spiced Pear Jam Recipe

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If you loved Grandma’s pear preserves growing up, you will swoon over this spiced pear jam. Smooth, sweet, and lightly spiced, it is a luscious spread for your morning toast or afternoon scones straight out of the oven. Fragrant with cardamom and cinnamon, this spiced pear jam also has a special twist thanks to the […]

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Overhead view of almond bacon party pancakes stacked on blue and white plates, served with butter and apple syrup.

Almond Bacon Party Pancakes

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Pancakes are always a happy thing for me, but these Almond Bacon Party Pancakes are downright celebratory. Fragrant with almond and studded with crispy pieces of bacon, these beauties are just the thing for a summer brunch party. When you add salted butter and a drizzle of apple syrup to your stack of party pancakes, […]

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A large jar and glass of citrus white sangria sits on a table next to a platter of oranges, lemons, and limes with a background of daisies.

Green Tea and Citrus White Sangria

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Sangria is a wonderful summer drink, and this Citrus White Sangria is so exquisitely refreshing and zingy, you may want to keep a pitcher handy for leisurely sipping on every sweltering afternoon. As the sun sinks lower in the sky and the hope of cooler evening temperatures inches closer, an icy glass of Citrus White […]

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Overhead view of a slice of grapefruit bread resting on a blue and white plate, surrounded by a cup of tea, pewter heart scoop, loaf of bread, and bag of loose leaf tea.

Citrus and Cardamom Grapefruit Bread

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Fine summer mornings are ideal for leisurely outdoor meals of fresh fruit, endless cups of tea, and warm slices of a lovely loaf cake like grapefruit bread, bright with citrus flavor and fragrant with cardamom. Whether you’re looking for something special for a Saturday morning breakfast, or a hint of sweetness for Sunday morning brunch, […]

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A pitcher full or fruit and iced tea sangria is in the foreground along with thinly sliced lemons on a floral plate. A glass of sangria and daisies are in the background.

Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Sangria

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As summer temperatures soar each afternoon, a tall glass of iced tea sangria is a luscious way to bid farewell to the heat of the day and beckon a balmy summer evening. A delightful blend of wine, sweetened tea, and fresh fruit, iced tea sangria is not only a refreshing drink, it is beautiful to […]

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Baked scone cookies sit on a tray next to a cup of loose leaf tea.

Dark Chocolate & Sour Cherry Scone Cookies

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Scone cookies are my new favorite thing to bake. Delicious morsels with the butteriness of a scone and the chewiness of a cookie, scone cookies are a versatile twist on old standbys. I’d never heard of them until recently, but was intrigued by the concept, so I did some research to figure out just what […]

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A split sweet potato scone is slathered in butter and served with a cup of tea.

Sweet Potato Scones Recipe

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As spring inches its way towards summer, heading outdoors for afternoon tea is becoming a sheer pleasure, especially when it includes the following Sweet Potato Scones recipe. The color of these beauties is spectacular. Unlike most scones, which need a bit of extra time in the oven to achieve a golden top, these have that […]

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Closeup of a fried scone, split in half and slathered with butter, on a fancy floral plate with a heart shaped scoop of jam.

Quick and Easy Fried Scone Recipe

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I’ve been a scone fan for as long as I can remember, but until today, I’d never tried a fried scone recipe, and now I wonder where they’ve been all my life. Joining the ranks of popular fried foods such as churros and sopapillas, fried scones are scrumptious, especially served piping hot and spread with […]

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A cast iron kettle, french press, and mug sit on a wooden table at a camp site.

How to Take a Solo Camping Retreat for Mindfulness and Healing

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Sometimes life requires that we navigate it in the thick of things, with the world humming around us as we meet deadlines and fulfill responsibilities and care for those we love. But other times we get a moment to catch our breath, to step away from the hustle and bustle and ground ourselves in the […]

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Overhead view of an Earl Grey cheesecake on a blue floral plate, accented with ferns.

Earl Grey Cheesecake with Ginger Cookie Crust

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Earl Grey cheesecake is the new favorite cheesecake in our farmhouse these days. With its luscious fragrance that fills the whole house while it’s baking to its creamy texture and delicate flavor, we are smitten. There are many wonderful cheesecake recipes in this world, like this lovely Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake or these delectable Pumpkin […]

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overhead view of gourmet vanilla cupcakes in a cake tin with a bowl of whipped honey buttercream frosting and an iced cupcake on a red and white floral plate.

Gourmet Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe with Honey Buttercream Frosting

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As winter snows start to melt and bare branches burst forth with buds, this gourmet vanilla cupcakes recipe topped with a lavish swirl of whipped honey buttercream frosting is just the ticket for a celebration of spring and the hope of sunshine and warm weather. It’s a lovely treat to banish away the last vestiges […]

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overhead view of a braided loaf of cardamom bread on a bright blue plate with wooden table background.

Best Cardamom Bread Recipe

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Growing up in a Scandinavian family introduced me to the pleasures of coffee breaks with relatives and guests, always accompanied by homemade sweet breads, cakes, or cookies. Now in my own home, I love making a Swedish cardamom bread to accompany our morning coffee and tea breaks, and this is the best cardamom bread recipe […]

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overhead view of gluten free raspberry scones on a flowered plate and wooden cutting board

Gluten Free Raspberry Scones

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In my book, scones are pure comfort food, like a warm hug that envelopes body and spirit — especially on chilly spring mornings when winter seems to be hanging on for dear life. These gluten free raspberry scones with orange flower water are truly delightful for such moments. With tart raspberries lending a fruity zing […]

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Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans

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Lettuce can be downright boring all by itself, but with a bit of imagination, it can be transformed into something not just delicious, but truly decadent. This recipe for arugula salad with candied pecans is one way to launch a plain old salad from simple to divine. Lettuce Any lettuce can be made delectable with […]

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overhead view of five rosewater shortbread cookies on a blue willow plate, sprinkled with rose petals on a wooden table

Rosewater Shortbread Cookies

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There’s something about rosewater that lends an exotic air to every recipe it touches. Conjuring up images of desert oases and Middle Eastern fairytales, this unique flavoring delights with its fragrance and flavor. Rosewater shortbread cookies are a beautiful and delicious way to showcase this unique flavoring. The tender, buttery crumb is an ideal showcase […]

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Baked Apple Casserole with Chocolate Oat Topping

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There’s something supremely comforting about apples baked with spices and brown sugar. On a cold winter’s day, baked apple casserole with chocolate oat topping takes comfort to new levels of deliciousness. Baked apple casserole is simply sliced apples mixed with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon then baked with a crunchy topping. It is lovely served […]

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Three French Toast Toppings to Brighten Your Day

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Cold winter days positively beg for warming breakfasts that delight the heart as much as the belly. These three toppings for French toast are pure decadence that will brighten your morning and give a hint of summer days to come. Before you dig in, be sure to brew up a pot of Breakfast in Bed […]

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Curried Pea Soup for Zest and Warmth

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As the dark days of winter get colder, I like to add warming spices to nearly everything I make, including that nourishing stand-by, pea soup. Pea soup often gets a bad rap with its insipid color and distinct lack of zing. But this curried pea soup, made with frozen or fresh peas instead of dried […]

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Here's our guide on how to make fruit infused tea, for your comfort and sipping pleasure all year long.

How to Infuse Tea with Fruit

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As winter winds whip around the eaves, it’s lovely to make something that remind us of summer, like infusing tea with luscious fruits that hark back to days of endless sunshine and brilliant blue skies. Here’s our easy guide on how to make fruit infused tea, for your comfort and sipping pleasure all year long. […]

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This Broccoli Stilton Soup recipe is rich and thick and savory, a wonderful soup to warm the cockles and nourish the soul.

Thick and Savory Broccoli Stilton Soup

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There are certain soups that beg for a cold wintry day to truly strut their stuff, and Broccoli Stilton Soup is one of them. Rich and thick and savory, it is a wonderful soup recipe to warm the cockles and nourish the soul. Gather Comforting Ingredients Stilton cheese is a beautiful blue cheese, creamy and […]

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These Butternut Squash Creme Brulee Pots are pure comfort food on a cold winter’s night, with the richness of the custard brightened by sweet roasted butternut squash.

Butternut Squash Creme Brulee Pots

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The holidays are great occasions to take time-honored recipes and make them new by turning them on their heads. Crème brulee is nearly always a sweet dessert with a melted sugar crust, but it’s so easy to turn it into savory goodness with vegetables, cheese, and fragrant herbs. These Butternut Squash Creme Brulee Pots are […]

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Of all the delicious Christmas bread names I could have chosen from this year, I decided to bake Russian Krendl, a yeasty sweet bread filled with a lusciously smooth fruit.

Holiday Bread Names: Russian Krendl

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One of my favorite parts of Christmas is baking, especially wonderful Christmas breads fragrant with spices and studded with fruit. Sometimes my holiday baking efforts perform beautifully, but other times, as with my yule log last year, the results are hilarious, ridiculous, and still, somehow, delicious. That’s the lovely thing about Christmas bread: even when […]

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It’s always a good time to step back and focus on the humans around us, especially those who need a bit of extra love and care. Here are ten ways we can all be good to each other.

10 Ways to Practice Being a Good Human

As beautiful and inspiring as the holidays can be, they can also be a time of loneliness, pain, and grief for many. As Human Rights Day approaches, it’s a good time to step back and focus on the humans around us, those who need a bit of extra love and care. Here are ten ways […]

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With the tender, buttery crumb of coffee cake paired with fragrant ginger and strong molasses, this Gingerbread Coffee Cake is a recipe made in heaven.

Heaven Is This Gingerbread Coffee Cake Recipe

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Gingerbread Coffee Cake is a recipe made in heaven. With the tender, buttery crumb of coffee cake paired with fragrant ginger and strong molasses, it is made better only by the addition of a nutty streusel topping rich with butter and brown sugar. While coffee cake is generally served with a big pot of coffee, […]

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Slow Cooker Bouef Bourgignon

Slow Cooker Bouef Bourgignon with Honey Thyme Cornbread

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Slow cooker bouef bourgignon has got to be one of the best comfort food meals around, and when you pair it with a thick slab of honey thyme cornbread slathered in homemade honey butter, it’s time to let the swooning commence. Slow cooked foods are such a delight to make, especially when meat is involved; the […]

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Dia de los Muertos Tea Party with Mexican Cinnamon Drink

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Skulls made out of sugar may seem like a bizarre feature for a fabulous tea party, but on Dia de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead — they are perfectly suited for a treasured day of remembrance and partying. Far from a macabre ritual with hints of Halloween ghoulishness, Dia de los Muertos […]

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Can you put brown sugar in tea

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Tea Latte

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Can you put brown sugar in tea? Absolutely! But should you? Most definitely. Especially when it’s spiced brown sugar, fragrant with molasses and cinnamon, and stirred into strong black tea with lashings of foam for a fabulous brown sugar tea latte. I like using unusual sweeteners in my cup of tea, from palm sugar and […]

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Things to Put in Pancakes

Things to Put in Pancakes

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Pancakes are a fantastic food. Easy to make, delicious hot or cold, and, when it comes to things to put in pancakes, the options are endless. It all starts with a good pancake recipe, one that is simple, nutritious, and easy to play with. Batter Up I like to use a mix of plain white […]

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Orchard Tea Party

How to Throw an Orchard Tea Party

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An orchard in fall is a place of abundance and golden beauty, with trees covered in crisp apples and fragrant pears waiting to be picked and turned into pies, preserves, and hard cider. With such an abundant place for inspiration, an orchard tea party becomes an event of intoxicating scents, delicious foods, and moments for […]

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Best Bread for Tea Sandwiches

The Best Bread for Tea Sandwiches

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Tea sandwiches are such a delicious accompaniment to a fragrant cup of tea, but finding the best bread for tea sandwiches can be a challenge. You want something substantial that won’t fall apart when you pick it up, yet something light enough that it enhances the filling rather than detracts from it. After much experimentation […]

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread

Easy Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread

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Easy chocolate chip cinnamon bread is sheer pleasure on a lazy Saturday morning. Toasted until light brown, slathered in unsalted butter, and eaten with a hot cup of tea, it is one of life’s great pleasures. Such bread is meant to be savored and lingered over, taking the time to inhale the mingled scents of […]

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fall harvest tea party

How to Host a Fall Harvest Tea Party

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Harvest is a time of celebration and preparation before the long, dark days of winter arrive, and a Harvest Tea Party is a brilliant way to rejoice in bountiful food, achingly beautiful weather, and friendship with your loves.   Bask in those luscious Indian Summer days of early autumn with an al fresco tea that […]

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Best Apple Crisp Recipe In the World

The Best Apple Crisp Recipe In the World

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Apple crisp has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, and to me, the best apple crisp recipe in the world is one that includes nuts and cinnamon in the buttery, crumbly topping. Apple pie-style desserts are beloved throughout the world. In Germany, sliced apples are boiled with water, cinnamon, […]

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Fluffy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Fluffy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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Few foods say summer more than strawberry shortcake piled high with ripe berries. When you steep the berries in syrup made with our luscious Celebration Blend Darjeeling tea, this fluffy strawberry shortcake recipe is elevated from simple to sublime. Shortcake It all starts with a light, flaky shortcake, rich with butter and fragrant with vanilla. […]

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Backyard Picnic Recipes

Backyard Picnic Recipes With a Twist

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Summer is such a lovely time of year for picnics. The sun filtering through the trees, cool breezes blowing in off a lake or pond, or the simple bliss of your own backyard with ample shade and a patch of grass to spread a blanket. A backyard picnic can be just as fun as one […]

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Cold Soup Bar

Cold Soup Bar for Your Next Party

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Soup isn’t just for stormy nights or chilly winter afternoons. Add in a cool factor and make a Cold Soup Bar for your next picnic or party. Cold soups are both scrumptious and refreshing on a hot summer’s day. From smooth fruity concoctions to savory vegetable bases, the options for nourishing and delightful cold soups […]

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Greek Yogurt with Balsamic Drizzle

Greek Yogurt Dessert with Balsamic Drizzle

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Sometimes it’s great to have an elaborate dessert with finicky processes and a long list of hard-to-find ingredients, but often I want something simple yet utterly delicious — like this Greek Yogurt with Balsamic Drizzle. A while back a dear friend gave me a bottle of Caramelized Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar that was so luscious I […]

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How to Throw a Garden Tea Party

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Nothing says summer quite like a garden party. The sunshine, the flowers, the abundance of food and friendship. Here are some garden tea party ideas to inspire you as you plan a shindig of your own this summer. Location A garden tea party ought to be held in a beautiful garden — yours, a friends’, […]

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Iced Hot Chocolate

The Ultimate Iced Hot Chocolate How-To Guide

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If you fancy hot chocolate but can’t bear the thought of steaming mugs of that delectable beverage in the heat of summer, here’s your ultimate how-to guide to making iced hot chocolate. Iced Hot Chocolate is simply hot chocolate that is either poured directly over ice or has been chilled until it’s nearly ice cold, […]

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Bastille Day Party Ideas

Bastille Day Tea Party Ideas

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With Bastille Day just around the corner, it’s time to jot down Bastille Day party ideas and plan a humdinger of a tea party for your Francophile friends. Known in France as la Fête Nationale or 14 juillet, Bastille Day is on July 14, the day the people of Paris stormed the Bastille prison in […]

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Lemon Blueberry Tea Bread

Lemon Blueberry Tea Bread

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Tea bread is such a scrumptious addition to afternoon tea or coffee. Quick and easy to make, it fills the house with luscious smells as it bakes, tempting everyone in the vicinity to pop into the kitchen for a cuppa and a chat. A basic tea bread recipe is simply a sweet bread, aromatic with […]

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step out of your comfort zone

12 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping out of our comfort zones can be downright terrifying, but taking those first steps can lead to amazing new friendships, experiences, and opportunities. All it takes is a bit of planning, a glimmer of inspiration, and a hearty dose of courage. 1. Volunteer at a Festival Helping is a great way to get your […]

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Three Creative Crepe Recipes

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The first time I went to Paris, I was on the tightest of tight budgets, so I skipped the fancy restaurants and lived on crepes (and quiche) from street vendors. I’ve been in love with crepes ever since. Not the thick, rubbery ones sometimes passed off as crepes, but the thin, delicate, slightly sweet ones […]

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perfect iced tea bar

How to Set Up the Perfect Iced Tea Bar

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When the first hot sunshine of spring hits, that’s the time to head outside with friends and family for a fabulous iced tea bar under the trees. While simple black iced tea, especially sweet, always refreshes on a hot day, there’s so much more you can do to iced tea to make it extra special […]

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