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sclbcake's picture

I would love all to make suggestions for a valentine party I am giving for an older lady in our church in Feb. who just moved into a new apt. she was one of my mother's best friends. I have invited a group of her friends to come to sip some tea, eat party food food in the afternoon.. a high tea accept in the South...any suggestions ? especially chocolate !! I have some ideas but probably too many !!


Edited 1/22/2008 2:23 pm ET by sclbcake

dlish's picture

(post #67238, reply #1 of 30)

Fun! I do tea a lot. I always have scones with devonshire cream and lemon curd, at least 3 savory sandwiches and at least two desserts. Most of my tea sandwiches come from Martha Stewart.

Orange Cranberry Scones
Blueberry scones
apple cinnamon scones
apricot scones

smoked salmon tea sandwiches
egg salad (made w/ creme freche)
chicken salad
cucumber & shrimp on toast point
prosciutto with port wine-fig butter on marble rye
BLT
Endive with goat cheese & port wine reduction

ganache dipped brownies
chocolate covered strawberries
fruit tartlettes
lemon bars
key lime squares
mini cheesecakes
coconut lime tarts

soupereasy's picture

(post #67238, reply #2 of 30)

I think I would rather enjoy tea with you! :)

sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #4 of 30)

thanks to all of you....which martha book ? I have a wonderful scone, lemon curd. egg salad, butter cookie, creme de menthe browie but don't have the tea...where do I get the specialty tea ???
thanks to all of you ...

roz's picture

(post #67238, reply #5 of 30)

I use Upton Tea Imports. www.uptontea.com, or find the nearest specialty tea shop in your area. Sometimes a local food co-op will have a nice selection as well.

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dlish's picture

(post #67238, reply #8 of 30)

Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook is where most of the sandwich recipes are from. I think you can get a lot of them off her web site too.

debe5t's picture

(post #67238, reply #6 of 30)

I'd come to tea at your place any day.I would even wear white gloves and a perky hat if required.


DEb

dlish's picture

(post #67238, reply #9 of 30)

Thanks DEb and Soupereasy! Tea is such a great way to spend an afternoon! I started doing tea a few years ago. My friends and I take our moms to tea for Mother's Day. However, we were tired of all the tea places around town. So, I decided to start hosting it myself. It's usually hot in Phoenix by the time Mother's Day comes, so we drink iced tea!

If you all are ever in Phoenix, I would love to host you for tea. 8^)

soupereasy's picture

(post #67238, reply #10 of 30)

If I ever make a trip there I will let you know. :)

debe5t's picture

(post #67238, reply #13 of 30)

It's a deal!


Deb

sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #17 of 30)

do you think I could have your orange cranberry scone recipe ?...I have a plain one and a cinnamon...

TracyK's picture

(post #67238, reply #18 of 30)

Hi there -- I'm butting in unasked, but this is my default scone recipe (it's Mean Chef's Buttermilk Scones): http://forums.taunton.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=tp-cookstalk&msg=7249.1


And I often add about 3/4 cup of dried cranberries, reconstituted in warmed triple sec or orange juice, plus the zest of one orange. 


Also really good with dried cherries and chunks of bittersweet chocolate, or fresh blueberries and lemon zest. 


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sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #19 of 30)

Butt in anytime..Use Mean's lemon bars recipe and they are the best ever so I give him an A+(retired school teacher) on your recommendations..thanks so much...Scones are not popular in the South so we don't have the recipes in our cookbooks but they are creeping in....

TracyK's picture

(post #67238, reply #21 of 30)

Ever since I made these several years ago for Christmas morning my family demands them whenever I visit. :-) Best of all, they freeze beautifully (unbaked) and can be baked fresh, right from the freezer... makes a great hostess gift!

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sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #22 of 30)

thank goodness they freeze because I am the only hostess !! did you use devonshire creme with them ?

TracyK's picture

(post #67238, reply #24 of 30)

I've never done so but it would be over-the-top delicious. :-) They are really very fluffy and moist, with all the butter and buttermilk.

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chefathome's picture

(post #67238, reply #23 of 30)

What fun!  I love tea parties.  I have a few other suggestions if it is not too late!  :)


cucumber and watercress finger sandwiches


gourgeres


croquembouche


olive oil


snowflake cake


floating islands


English trifle


brandy snaps


kourabiedes


amaretti or biscotti


Victoria Sandwich (lovely cake with jam filling)


raspberry cordial


 

"The joys of the table belong equally to all ages, conditions, countries and times; they mix with all other pleasures, and remain the last to console us for their loss."
Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste
sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #20 of 30)

another thought...I have some beautiful fresh, frozen blueberries from the farm...when adding them, do I thaw ? they are quite large...

dlish's picture

(post #67238, reply #25 of 30)

Sorry for the late response. I use the Dried Apricot Sour Cream Scones recipe from Epicurious.com. I sub out the cranberries for the apricots (same amount, 1/4 cup , I think) and add the zest of one small-med orange.

Hope that helps!

sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #26 of 30)

thanks....what size do you make them ? will be making them today and freezing them...I don't have a scone pan...

TracyK's picture

(post #67238, reply #27 of 30)

You don't need a scone pan... in fact I've never heard of a scone pan. :-)


Just divide your dough in half, shape it into two round disks, flatten it to about an inch, 1 1/2 inches thick, and cut into 6 or 8 wedges depending on how large you want your scones.


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sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #29 of 30)

thank you for clearing that up...when we made these in culinary school several years ago, we didn't shape them in a particular form but I thought they may look better in the triangle...I am having such a good time having this tea party...my cookie recipe that EM gave me before Christmas is wonderful...I made hearts with sugar sprinkles...finally did something without fail !!!


Edited 1/29/2008 4:01 pm ET by sclbcake

Gretchen's picture

(post #67238, reply #30 of 30)

Can you not pat them out in a round cake pan and cut in triangles?

Gretchen

Gretchen
dlish's picture

(post #67238, reply #28 of 30)

I pat the dough into a 6-7 inch square then cut into squares & triangles to whatever size you need.

roz's picture

(post #67238, reply #3 of 30)

A really good Darjeeling, perhaps some Earl Grey and ####flowery green tea. Beautiful teapots and cups and saucers.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
mer's picture

(post #67238, reply #7 of 30)

presentation is so important with tea parties.  Take your favorite brownie or bar cookie and cut out the brownies with heart cookie cutters.  Then place the brownie on cupcake liners or other frilly paper candy holder.  Very cute presentation. 

Gretchen's picture

(post #67238, reply #11 of 30)

You just MUST do some of "my" vegetable sandwiches, cut out in heart shapes. I'll go find the link/recipe, but I promise you, you will not be sorry. It is alegend in my southern hometown.

Gretchen

 

OK search mavens, find it for me. Or I'll type it out again. I need to put it in my recipe database. I never have.


Edited 1/23/2008 5:22 pm ET by Gretchen

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(post #67238, reply #12 of 30)

You mean this one?



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sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #14 of 30)

thanks so much for your wonderful advice and recipe...This recipe was used here in my small town years ago but I had forgotten about making it. You pricked my memory, which needs it ! When I made it years ago, it was so runny that I swore I would never make it again...so what did I do wrong ?...it is delish though !!! thanks...so far this is what I have come up with...
cheese biscuits because prepared ahead of time.
lemon curd in phyllo cups topped with chantilly creme and topped with sliver of strawberry
creme de menthe brownie
sugar cookie with pink and red sugared icing
sesame seed asparagus roll
party chicken salad in pastry shell
heart shaped scone with devonshire cream
chocolate truffles\
pecan pie muffins
tea
by the way, are you in Charlotte ? I have a real good friend that lives there ....


Edited 1/24/2008 12:54 pm ET by sclbcake

Gretchen's picture

(post #67238, reply #15 of 30)

You forgot the gelatin? The gelatin wasn't dissolved. There are other recipes that are similar using just cream cheese or sour cream or such.


What town, if you care to say. Yes, I'm in Charlotte.


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sclbcake's picture

(post #67238, reply #16 of 30)

I am in Ala...he is the organist @ Meyer's Park Presbyterian Church...he is best friends with my daughter...they grew up together...he also sells real estate...he's a nice guy !!