Low and behold – while wandering through my favorite Made in Oregon store I found the perfect book. Tea with a Twist: Entertaining and Cooking with Tea by Lisa Boalt Richardson came out in 2009 but it’s taken me until last week to find it. Clearly I need to get out more.
This informative and beautifully photographed cook book is a collection of recipes and ideas that celebrate the use of tea as an ingredient to the recipe itself. Organized by tea party themes – from the Flower Power Tea Party to the All About Chocolate Tea Party and more. Also included are basic recipes for sweet and savory scones and the basics of brewing a pot of hot tea and iced tea. The stage for each theme is set with a charming introduction by Lisa followed by the menu and recipes for that theme. The accompanying photographs will have you making a grocery list in no time at all.
Which to try first? I think I’ll start with the recipes from the Southern Tailgate Tea Party. Lisa has a recipe for Smokey Tea First Down Barbeque and another for Touchdown Tea Infused Pecan Brittle – both are calling my name!