Weekend Cook and Tell: Tea Time

Welcome to our Weekend Cook and Tell where each Wednesday we page through the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

This week Deena Prichep of The Oregonian is breaking out the china, steeping a pot of Earl Grey, and asking all of us to revisit the elegant tradition of the tea party. Giving a brief history of afternoon tea, Prichep shares ideas for modernizing the late afternoon meal, as well as tips for incorporating a cup of tea and petite snacks back into everyday life.

We love the idea of afternoon tea coming back from retirement or the realm of special occasions only. For this week's challenge we're asking all of you to share your ideas for afternoon tea friendly snacks. We're looking for delicate finger sandwiches, scones ready to be slathered with clotted cream, crumpets, and mini pastries. If you can imagine serving it on a sterling three-tiered tray next to your best bone China, you've got the right idea for this week's challenge.

Show us photos of your tea time creations on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your high tea ideas, recipes, and experiences next Wednesday.


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