Monthly Archives: May 2011

Egg Salad Pinwheels

Egg Salad Pinwheel Sandwiches

This is one of our favorite tea sandwiches for spring and summer. We’ve also got a yummy Egg Salad with Ham variation at the end of this recipe. We hope you enjoy it!

Egg Salad Pinwheels

1 large loaf of Bakery Bread, sliced horizontally
3 cups of egg salad**
24-30 small green olives, drained
Softened butter or margarine

1. Discard top and bottom slices of bread loaf. Slice crusts off of each remaining horizontal slice to form a long rectangle.

2. Slightly flatten each slice with a rolling pin. Lightly butter one side of bread slice.

3. Spread a thin layer of egg salad over buttered side of bread. (Spread egg salad almost to edges.)

4. Lay a row of olives across one short end of bread slice. Roll bread over olives and continue to roll to end of slice. (Like a jelly roll.)

5. Wrap roll snugly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. (This will help the roll hold it’s shape.) Continue with remaining bread slices.

6. Remove plastic and slice rolls into 1/2 inch thick sandwiches, 6-8 slices per roll. Makes 24-32 sandwiches depending on how many slices of bread you have and how thick you cut the sandwiches.

**Classic Egg Salad Recipe
(Makes 3-4 cups)

1 dozen eggs, hard boiled and shelled
4-5 teaspoons of sweet pickle relish
1/2 cup of finely chopped celery
1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
Salt and Pepper to taste
Approximately 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons mustard

1. Grate eggs into a bowl. Add relish, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.

2. Add mayonnaise 1-2 large tablespoons at a time until moist and creamy.

3. Add mustard to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Egg Salad with Ham Recipe Variation
(makes 3-4 cups)

Pinwheels aren’t just for classic egg salad, try adding finely diced ham for a delightful Egg Salad with Ham Pinwheel. Follow directions above and substitute 1 cup of finely diced ham for sweet pickle relish, Dijon mustard for regular mustard and 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion for regular onion.

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

If you’ve got a freezer, you can store this easy, fresh tasting jam!

2 cups crushed strawberries*
4 cups granulated sugar
1 package sure-jell pectin, powdered form
3/4 cup water

*Tip: For 2 cups crushed strawberries, use approximately 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced and crushed.

1. Stir sugar into crushed strawberries and let sit for 10 minutes.

2. While strawberries are “sitting”, bring powdered pectin and water to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute.

3. Add while hot to strawberries. Stir about 3 minutes until sugar is dissolved.

4. Pour into sterile 1 cup (8 oz) containers that have a tight fitting lid. Do not place lid on containers.

5. Let stand for 24 hours at room temperature lightly covered with wax paper. You want any steam to escape as jam cools so don’t tightly cover the containers.

6. Tightly seal, removing as much air as possible. Keeps in refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 6 months.

Makes about 3 cups.

See the short video below for good visual instructions.

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My 4 Cup Teapot is 24 ounces?!?

Summertime Rose 2 Cup Teapot

We have a riddle for you: When is a one cup measure not 8 ounces?

Answer: When it’s measuring the volume of an English teapot!

No, really…it’s true. Okay, you’re not laughing. We have to admit it’s more confusing than funny.

For instance, you buy a 4 cup teapot for your Tea Set for Four. You expect it to be a 32 ounce teapot, 8 ounces times 4 cups. However, when it arrives it appears so small and you discover it is only 24 ounces. What gives?

Well, teapot manufacturers have a quirky measurement for teapots. It does actually make some sense and once you understand it, you’ll always know what to buy.

Summertime Rose 4 cup Teapot

The first thing to know is that manufacturers measure the volume of teapots to the rim. Of course, you won’t fill it that high, but this is quirky measurement #1.

Secondly, the cup measurement used is 6 ounces, not the standard 8 ounces. This is based on 6 ounces of tea per cup. Therefore, a 4 cup teapot will hold 24 ounces which should be enough for four tea cups. Now you see that “cup” refers to tea cups not standard measuring cups.

Remember that we don’t fill our teapots to the rim? Here’s where the measurements fall apart.

Summertime Rose 6 cup Teapot

Imagine you’re having guests for tea. Let’s say three guests. Maybe you fill your teapot with 20 ounces of water, about 2.5 standard cups. You pour for your guests and yourself, filling the tea cups about two-thirds full, 6 ounces.  So you’re pouring about 24 ounces of tea, but the teapot only made 20 ounces.  The teapot is too small!

Tip: We recommend at least a 6 cup teapot when serving four guests. A 6 cup teapot, which is 36 ounces to the rim, will brew about 32 ounces of tea in the real world.

And what about refills? Good question! The tip below is our tried and true solution for a quick second pot. It works as long as you’re using a good quality loose tea which is brewed loose in the teapot. Otherwise, you’ll need to pull the tea bags and start a new pot brewing.

Summertime Rose 8 cup Teapot

Tip: As soon as you’ve poured the first pot, refill with more hot water and pop on a tea cozy. You’ll get another steep out of your leaves and be set for refills by the time your guests are ready.

So, a small mystery is solved. We hope you’re entertained and helped, not royally confused!

Below are the teapot measurements in ounces for easy reference:

2-3 cup Teapot: 12-18 ounces (A Tea for One Teapot)

4 cup Teapot: 24 ounces (Think Tea for Two…or Three)

6 cup Teapot: 36 ounces (Perfect for a Tea Set for Four)

8 cup Teapot: 48 ounces (Hard to find, but good for a Tea Set for Six. Otherwise, we recommend you buy a second teapot.)

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