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!
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