Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Are you Ready For Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks?

Duffy Brown here this terrific fall morning. The Cozy Chicks have a put together Tea Time with The Cozy Chicks and this is a hint of what it’s all about.

 It’s more than just a book but sort of an invitation to pull up a chair and join some of our fictional characters for an afternoon of sipping tea and sampling delicious treats.

As readers of mystery novels, you already know what an important role food plays in our books. Characters gather around the table to discuss cases. They drink a staggering amount of caffeinated beverages and seem to be surrounded by an endless array of mouth-watering sandwiches, cookies, pastries, and chocolate. In short, these gals have a pretty good time, and we thought it would be fun to spend a little time in their world.

The result is Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks—filled with the lore of tea in so many of its incarnations, and an assortment of tea parties like how to have a Bon Voyage tea, bachelorette tea, proper Yorkshire Tea, Chocolate Lovers tea etc all complete with menus and recipes included, and hosted by our characters. 

You’ll find menu themes to cover life’s major celebrations as well as those more intimate moments between close friends or romantic partners.

If you’re worried about setting the perfect tea table because you aren’t a professional pastry chef, floral arranger, or decorator, never fear. Neither are we. Hosting the perfect afternoon tea is about opening your home and your heart. You take care of that part and we’ll help you with the rest. In fact just in time for fall here is a mighty fine Southern recipe for…

Auntie KiKi’s  Praline Pumpkin Pie

1 unbaked 9” pie shell
1/3 cup ground pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C, Gas Mark 8). Combine the pecans, brown sugar, and butter. Press into a pie shell. Bake for ten minutes.

3 eggs beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup evaporated milk

Mix all the filling ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Add the filling to the partially baked pie crust (you can add a few of those pecans on top if you have a mind to) and bake at 325°F (170°C, Gas Mark 3) for another 40 minutes.

Yield: Makes one 9-inch pie

And you’ll find a ton of other recipes and an a list of tea themes like tea-paring, tea stories, reading tea leaves and making your own tea blends. So are you a tea person? Got a fav tea? Have you ever had a tea party…as an adult or kid…and have you ever gone to high tea?

Share some of your tea experiences and I’ll give away two boxes of personalized Cozy Chicks tea from the answers.

Don’t forget to preorder Tea Time with The Cozy Chicks now…it’s tea time!


Unknown said...

I use any teapot that is available as well as any small cups. I also use biscuit mix or frozen biscuits and add blueberries stuck inside of them to make "faux scones." Honestly, eight-year-old doesn't know any different and she feels all fancy. I also take jar jellies and put them in small containers for her to scoop onto them. These are easy and fun shortcuts to make a tea party fun and simple.

Loremil said...

I didn't like tea till I worked in a Chinese restaurant. There was this keg size container full of concentrated tea. The dinners always asked for hot tea. I would put 1/3 of that tea in a smaller teapot and put hot water on the rest to fill up. We went to Chinatown over the summer and went to a tea shop. The teas were sold in the $100's or more and I am not sure if it's by pound or ounces? I wish could find that lady featured on TV- she would ask questions about your health, look at your appearance and what ailments you have. Then she would suggest what teas to drink which the shop was located in the front of her office. They would measure and give you what tea leaves. Most of the comments from people that took the tea said their health improved. I think that is better and cheaper that medications.

Nicole said...

Hi Duffy! My favorite tea is Twinings Orange Bliss Black Tea, and I love it paired with a couple of shortbread cookies - this is my "go to" reading or tv snack. :-) A few years ago for Thanksgiving I made a pecan pumpkin pie very similar to Auntie KiKi' was delicious, and I'm sure hers is, too! :-)

Patsy from Illinois said...

Awhile back, I had to throw a bridal shower for someone who was older and had everything she needed for the household. She and I were both tea drinkers so I decided to have a tea cup shower. I had everyone bring a teacup and saucer for the gift. It was great. Nothing matched and they were all so beautiful. I wouldn't hesitate to do this again.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Sheryl want a fantastic idea. And you do it for your little girl. How neat is that. Thanks for sharing the idea…I so need to do this. Thanks for playing along.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Loremil if you find this gal on TV please share. I’d love to hear her. They say there are so many health benefits from drinking tea. I love the tea at or Chinese restaurant here in town. It always taste so much better than mine. Thanks for playing along.

Duffy Brown said...

I love the orange hint in tea too. One of my favs. Your pie makes me sooo hungry. Sure wish I had a piece right now. Yummmm.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Patsy, this is exactly one of the showers I have in the Tea Book here. It’s hosted by Evie for her friend of a certain age who is getting married…in the book Braking for Bodies. Great minds like ours think alike. Your friend is lucky to have you in her life. What a lovely idea. Hugs, Duffy

Connie Correll said...

I love my Jasmine Green Tea, so relaxing. I keep it in a sealed plastic container, evertime I pop the lid, I get a whole new whiff. But I grew up on Constant Comment and fond memories of Mom and Grandma sipping the afternoon away!

Jeannie D. said...

The tea that I drink everyday is Bigelow's green tea with lemon. But I also like Oolong tea. I drink it when I am reading. The pie recipe sounds delicious. I am really looking forward to the cookbook.

Debbie S said...

I have always loved tea, and recently I have become hooked on a peach flavored tea. I have never been to a proper tea and reading about it in books fascinates me, I would love to try one some day. Until then I will enjoy them through the books I read. Thanks for the recipe, it looks and sounds great.

Nicole said...

I wish I had a piece right now, too - lol! :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Jeannie. They say green tea is amazing for your health. I try and add it to my regular black tea. Enjoy the pie. :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Debbie. I love peach tea…just the right amount of sweet to go with tea. Enjoy the pie. I just loooooove fall foods. Hugs, Duffy.

Duffy Brown said...

I love Constant Comment in the fall. Tastes like Christmas.

Duffy Brown said...

Winners of the Cozy Chicks personalized tea are:
Patsy, Sheryl Hagen Booth, Connie Correll
Send me you mailing address: with Cozy Chicks in the subj line. Thanks all for playing along