We’re happy to be guest contributors on this fabulous site devoted primarily to tea (but also to some related things like cookies). The holiday season is always a time of year to spend more quality time with loved ones. And sharing some hot cocoa makes that quality time, well, just that much more quality!! And cozy, of course! So, we present our tips to help maximize the cozy factor, giving you the most from those precious moments.
When it comes to cozy Fall recipes, you can’t beat some of these that we found online. They are typically thought of as “comfort foods.” But the whole idea of cozy is comfort and a total lack of discomfort. So what is better than a satisfied feeling after a nice helping of one or more of these?
Pasta dishes are hearty and satisfying. Of course, pasta by itself is a bit bland and needs to have a few things added. One of the favorite things to add is cheese. Another is chicken. So here is a recipe for each.
A lush version of this classic pasta dish, featuring Swiss, Monterey Jack, sharp Cheddar, and Parmesan cheeses plus sautéed garlic and onion in a heavenly creamy sauce. A little liquid smoke adds the perfect Fall touch.
You can simplify the preparation by buying a rotisserie chicken and jarred Alfredo sauce from your local grocer. Serve your family this comforting chicken casserole in less than an hour. A nice sprinkling of fresh basil leaves on top adds a wonderfully cozy aroma!
There is such a range of soups, from mere broths and consommés to ones that are just short of qualifying to be stews. Ingredients also vary from strictly vegetable to ones chock full of various meats. This time of year, it’s good to feature a seasonal favorite: butternut squash. But don’t forget venison and other meats such as turkey that tend to be more common during the Fall.
Simplicity itself! Dusting off that barely used crockpot will be the hardest part. Some butternut squash combines with onion, garlic, chicken broth (you can substitute vegetable broth for a truly vegan version), and various spices. Top with toasted croutons as shown here.
Deer hunting seasons vary around the U.S., but you can always use what you froze from last year! Use up some of that venison in your freezer and give your Dutch oven a bit of a workout (or you can you a large saucepan). The hardest part is browning the meat. Add in your spices, vegetables, and water and let your stovetop do the rest.
The Fall is known for the many harvests that go on. And apples are a key crop. They are also such a versatile fruit, stirring the imaginations of generations of cooks. Here are a couple of simple, delicious, and totally cozy recipes to try!
Paula Deen epitomizes that cozy Southern vibe. And she is right on the mark here with this recipe featured on FoodNetwork.com. The key here is being careful how you core the apples. The unusual thing we saw here was the mint leaf garnish. A rather interesting touch!
Pork loin roast is a great cozy meat dish, and this apple compote adds lovely fruity touches as well as a nice juiciness to that meat. Prepare the compote while the pork is roasting.
What would life be like without chocolate? Definitely UNcozy!! So we wind things up with these two recipes that are true classics.
A bit of a challenge for those of us who don’t do a lot of cooking from scratch, but well worth the extra effort. Think of this special treat for your next gathering of friends and family. Or you can make it for just yourself.
Another baker’s challenge. But we’re sure you’ll manage and be very glad you did! Don’t be surprised if neighbors you barely know come ringing your doorbell.
We hope you’ll try some of these recipes and let us know how it goes.
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How you pair tea and chocolate can be a true art. That’s why we wanted to present some pairing recommendations – both our own and ones that tea connoisseurs (also known as sommeliers and aficionados) have presented. Who knows, you may be inspired to invite over friends and family for a tea and chocolate tasting party! Continue reading Tea and Chocolate Make a Sweet Team!
Your lovable friendly teapot here to give you humans some advice for a great Valentine’s Day. It’s a time when you show your special loved one just how much you care. And saying “I love you” with tea is even better. TOOOT! Continue reading Valentine’s Day Tips for You Humans
Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I like chocolate (well, love is a better word), cats, and tea. It may seem like an odd combo to some, but to me they just naturally go together. It works like this:
In reality, they just seem to go together for me. Tea is known as a beverage that calms (the GABA and L-Theanine) and invigorates (caffeine). Chocolate also has caffeine, pairs well with certain teas, and is also said to create a feeling of euphoria. And cats… well, they’re cute and fluffy and take a nap in your lap and are otherwise rather soothing a lot of times (especially when purring) and invigorating at other times (when they barf in your shoes). So they all just seem to go together.
But be sure you don’t get them confused. I don’t even want to think about that poor cat being mistaken for a sachet of tea or you sitting with a 10-pound chunk of chocolate on your lap and waiting for it to start purring (while it begins to melt from your body heat). And telling your tin of tea to go use the litter box is not likely to result in any speedy action on its part.
Enjoy sipping your tea, nibbling (okay, gobbling) your chocolate, and appreciating that cute kitty that for at least awhile is not shredding curtains and furniture and shedding fur everywhere.
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