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These are one of my own go-to favourite recipes. They are crisp and spicy and festive - a wonderful coffee klatch biscotti or gift of baking. I almost always coat one side of these with melted white chocolate. It is one of my trademark biscotti and in my upcoming cookbook, The Baker's Four Seasons. This recipe doubles well and I would recommend you do!
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.
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.
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These are meant for the bath but I use them as a room scent and ambience item.
Find some gorgeous gauze bags or velveteen bags to pack the salts in. Tie with gorgeous ribbons or gold braid. Crafts stores often all you need but look online via Google for companies that specialize in these items. When you purchase a dozen or half a dozen at a time, the price is excellent. Fragrant oils are easy to find (check Scent of a Baker for some of my favorite sources). Vanilla is used here but green tea, mandarin, red currant, coconut, peach, or lilacs and other florals are good choices. For men, go with Vertiver, oak moss or oils such as ‘leather’, all widely available. You can use these salts in the bath or as I prefer, just place them around the house to keep a constant ‘waft’ of scent all over.
What’s nice is that you get home ambience fragrance, with the worry of lit candles or oil burners.