Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tea Exchange and Downton Abbey party

Karis generously invited a bunch of us Milwaukee food bloggers over to her house on Sunday night to exchange our favorite teas, have dinner and to watch the Season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey.

Below are Abby, Alysha, Molly, Karis, Inger and I.

I brought Cucumber Cream Cheese tea sandwiches and thought they turned out great. 

We did a cheese tasting and I ended up loving the English Coastal Cheddar. We also had the delicious crostini topped with apricot preserves and stilton cheese that Molly brought. 

Karis made farro soup and sweet potato chili. Both were delicious, but I thought the chili tasted so yummy! Check out her blog for the recipe. I'm definitely going to make it soon! 

Here are our lovely toppings for the chili, which was also a great idea. The bottom left corner is not sour cream, but plain Chobani, which I love to put on my soup.

Alysha contributed the corn bread, which paired perfectly with the chili. 

Everyone brought their favorite tea to the party, which is such a great way to try new flavors. I have been enjoying the Trader Joe's Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea, so that's what I exchanged. Karis kindly bought us all the adorable initial mugs from Anthropologie. 

Oh and check out the very special Royal Wedding tea that Molly brought! So cool!

While watching Downton Abbey's Season 3 premiere, we drank one of Karis's favorite teas. It was really tasty and I need to pick it up at our local Sendik's grocery store next time I go.

For dessert, we enjoyed shortbread made by Inger and vegan madelines that Abby brought. I loved that Karis even put her British flag on the coffee table as a table cloth. 

I was cracking up watching Karis and Chris's cats play while we watched the show. I love this shot I got of Chianti, who was quite playful and wanted to attack my camera strap.

I really enjoyed seeing Downton Abbey again, but had to leave the party early and still haven't seen the last 35 minutes of the show. I hope I can find it repeated on TV this week. I attempted to watch it on the PBS site last night and it didn't work out. The video was so slow and kept pausing. 

What is your favorite type of tea? Do you take it with milk and sugar? I have been trying to drink mine plain lately. I always have enjoyed a cup of Yorkshire Gold with milk and sugar though.


  1. You got some great photos! Love that one of Chianti, but I know I'm biased :)

    I really liked your cucumber cream cheese sandwiches and would like to make them sometime for an afternoon tea party.

    Have you ever been to one of those afternoon teas, like at the Pfister? That would make a fun blogger outing :)

  2. What a fun night! I love tea and tend to stick to berry flavors, peppermint, and ginger.

  3. Your sandwiches were great! I'd love to know what you think of the Royal Wedding tea too :)

  4. I agree. Molly totally showed us up with her wedding tea!

  5. Another great account of a fun night! Love the kitty picture--he was such a character! I made your tea sandwiches for book club last night and they were the favorite item of the evening (besides the book ;-) )