TIP OF THE DAY: Tea Party Ideas, Part 2

[1] Tea can be classically staged, like this one from Tea Time Magazine, or [2] modern service, like this at the Langham Palace | New York. Instead of classic British tea sandwiches on crustless bread, you can substitute tartines—French open-face sandwiches—or Italian crostini. Here’s a close-up from Honestly Yum.   Yesterday we tendered the idea…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Plan An Afternoon Tea Party, Part 1

[1] You don’t need a tiered stand, but you can find inexpensive ones. —This one is less than $20 (photo Chef Buddy | Amazon).[2] Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, inadvertently invented the custom of afternoon tea in 1840 (photo courtesy Woburn Abbey).   THE HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA In the U.K., afternoon tea is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Rosé Sangria (Think Pink!)

[1] Rosé sangria, an adieu to the formal summer season (photo courtesy La Marina restaurant | NYC). [2] The many shades of rosé depend upon the grape varietal and the length of skin contact (photo courtesy Jot Dot).   We started the summer season with a rose tasting party, and we’re ending it more quietly,…
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RECIPE: Blueberry Ice Pops For National Blueberry Popsicle Day

[1] Puréed blueberries, perked up with a bit of lemon juice (photo © Will Cook For Smiles). [2] Make a creamy blueberry pop with yogurt or non-dairy milk (photo © A Healthy Life For Me). Here’s the recipe with almond and coconut milks; the recipe for a yogurt pop is below.   September 2nd is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Favorite Green Bean Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette

[1] (photo courtesy Keys To The Cucina). [2] Green beans with petite potatoes and basil (photo courtesy Kqed.org). [3] Petite potatoes, grown in Idaho, are the size of a cherry tomato (photo courtesy Potato Goodness).[4] Check farmers markets for specialty green beans, and pull together a rainbow of colors (photo courtesy The Pines | Brooklyn).…
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