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April 25, 2013

Welcome to Virtual Tea Time
Virtual Tea Time is your source for tasty recipes, together with ideas and commentary to warm your heart and soul. We hope you'll visit often to find comfort and relaxation--and some unique, delicious things to make and eat.

Our Latest Recipe
New this time is our Open Sesame Deluxe Bran Muffins. Quite out of the ordinary.

Our philosophy
We believe that the only thing better than eating something delicious is thinking about life, happiness, and meaning--while eating something delicious. And the only thing better than these is doing them with a friend.

"A soothing tongue is a tree of life," Solomon tells us (Proverbs 15:4a), and what better way to give or receive the healing of a soothing tongue than to talk with a friend over a nice cup of tea accompanied by something tasty?

Reading just a bit further down in Proverbs, we are told, "The lips of the wise spread knowledge" (15:7a). Knowledge and its refinement, wisdom, are great things because you can give them away and still have them. Can't say that about all that other stuff that eventually crowds our garages to little purpose. So when you prepare one of our recipes and invite a friend over to try it with a cup of tea, take a few minutes to share the wisdom of your heart and your experience.

Remember that the gift of your time is a symbol of love, and love is the best gift.

My son, eat  honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to  your taste
Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a future,
And your hope will not be cut off.
--Proverbs 24:13-14


Peanut Butter Banana Bread.  Oooh is it good! And it's even better the next day. Why not bake some now and share it with a special friend?  Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches. Both men and women will like these. New secret recipe.
Very Raspberry Very Merry Coffee Cake with Chocolate. Make this and serve a friend. Serve this and make a friend. Lemon Cupcake Surprise. You won't believe how good this tastes until you try it. Don't be prejudiced against it because it seems ordinary. This is special. You can't judge a cupcake by its name.
Spinach and Bacon Quiche.  Ah, an excellent reason to eat bacon and eggs and Swiss cheese, three of Bob's favorite foods. (Marie wouldn't let him add green olives, another favorite food.) This recipe makes a fabulous dish for any time of day. Quadruple Chocolate Brownies. Oh, my goodness. These are just devastatingly delicious anytime of day or night. Warm from the oven, they--excuse me, I can't type anymore. I have to go get something.
Banana-Apple Bread Pudding.  Find out why this could have been called "Royal Envy." Intensely Lemon Cookies. These cookies are now officially Bob's favorite, having dethroned chocolate chip cookes. Yes, these are super.
Macaroni and Cheese Supreme. Talk about Supreme, this is it. Three vibrant cheeses intermingled delightfully for a robust Mac n Cheese dish like you've never tasted. Even if you think you don't like Mac and Cheese, take a risk and give this a try. Irish Soda Bread--with a Surprise. Tasty by itself, scrumptious with butter and jelly, devastatingly delightful with butter, jam, and whipped cream. Close your eyes when you eat it.
Corned Beef Hash--Macro Style. Here is a hearty breakfast or any meal dish. Try this at least once. I think you'll make it a regular in your house. Hawaiian Vacation Dessert Treat.  Mango, papaya, banana, pineapple, kiwi. Need I say more? You'll really like the fruit of your labors if  you make this petite trifle.
Pineapple Macadamia Nut Muffins with Coconut Streusel. Another trip to paradise with tropical flavors. But these muffins are more than that. They set the bar for delicious, moist muffins. Chile California Casserole. If your family says something like, "What? Not chicken again??!" then try this out on them. They will be requesting this one regularly.
Open Sesame Deluxe Bran Muffins. Deluxe is the operative term  here. The ingredients go way beyond what you're thinking about ordinary bran muffins. Try these and ordinary will be gone forever.

Come back soon for more great recipes.

Marie Harris, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Bob Harris, Armchair Philosopher and Fiddler with HTML

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