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This from the Serendipity Parties cookbook, Rizzoli, Universe Publishing, 2008 and is by Stephen Bruce. Russian Tea is a recipe you see around and no one knows where it comes from. It is a lovely spiced, orange and black tea brew.

  What I love about these rustic scones is they are they are very pure of taste – there's no chocolate chips, chunks of Snickers, no vanilla extra or hunks of candied ginger - there's just amazing taste and texture from the basic (but choice) ingredients. This is the real deal, old-fashioned baking, with a not-too-sweet, satisfying wholesome taste.

This is a post Mother's Day tonic. Mother's Day 2009 has passed and with it, for some, a happy day, replete with family warmth and for others, all sorts of tales. Let's face it, Mother's Day , for a myriad of reasons, can be problematic. Some of us have lost our moms, or have difficult ones, or families forget (but otherwise, 364 days a year, do indeed, cherish us), or mother-in-laws we adore or those that seem not to adore us. Some want to be moms and aren't or have empty nests. Others, like me, have their birthdays a few days before Mother's Day causing family members to have to do double duty with gifts. Burnt toast in bed is the least of the drama of Mother's Day. It should be so simple and just about loving - which makes me think then, there should not be a special day for it. Frankly, I don't know why it is so but Mother's Day is either perfectly grand or some years, a special hell designed by Hallmark. In honor of my fellow mothers (is that a parodox? Fellow mothers?), but mostly, to my sisters, to the women in my life who are sister/friends, fellow bakers, sister-in-laws - whatever their role, ages, and station, I created this soothing tea. It's for all of us.  

This lovely pink lemonade is an elixir like no other. It makes a strawberry rhubarb concentrate that keeps refrigerated. Just add sparking water and ice, to taste. A perfect beverage for tea parties or spring/summer weddings.

Cool and refreshing - any time of the year.

Sun Tea is the old reliable of ice teas. You slow seep tea bags in a bottle of water and let the sun do it’s work. A few hours later, you have a mellow tea that you sweeten with sugar or honey, add a few lemons, pour over ice and you’ll all set. A Panama hat and a hammock is all you need. This doesn’t keep as well as boiling-water brewed tea but it’s also always gone in a day or two – such is the nature of a good quencher.

Add the cardamom and it is Thai iced coffee; leave it out, and it is Classic Iced Coffee.  A cool coffee, brewed to creamy perfection. Just the thing alongside a batch of biscotti.

What’s more inviting that spice and warmth in a cup? This is a seasonal perk that will make your espresso pot beam. If you have a steamer for the milk, that’s super. If not, simmer the milk and half and half to simmering, so that is shivers with foam. The pumpkin puree is canned. Best to use most of it in pie, muffins or pumpkin bread and ‘borrow’ ½ cup or so that you can keep refrigerated or in half ice-cubes (frozen) and use it as you need for this marvelous potion. For a less rich drink, use all milk.

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