hotTEA of the week: Johnny Depp

“The term ‘serious actor’ is kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? Like ‘Republican Party’ or ‘airplane food.'”


hotTEA of the week: james dean

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” ~ James Dean


hotTEA of the week: bradley cooper

“I seriously love to cook . . . My grandmother was an amazing cook. As a kid, I used to help her make handmade pasta, Cavatelli and Ravioli. It was one of my favorite things to do. I love the idea of making whatever is in the fridge into something.”

Hubba Hubba.


hotTEA of the week: robert redford

Boy is it cold . . . and we know full well there is only one sure-fire way to warm up.

Yes, dear friends, the hotTEAs are back!

Feel free to sigh, swoon, and drool to your heart’s content.

“Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”


I once saw Mr. Redford breeze by in an off-white linen suit at the Salt Lake City airport — carrying a nifty leather briefcase. What’s not to love about the sandy hair, the ski tan, the little bumps on his face? I’ve never been the same since.

My fave Redford roles: Sundance Kid, Paul Bratter (“Barefoot in the Park”), Hubbell Gardiner (“The Way We Were”), Jay Gatsby.

*fans self*

Is it hot in here, or is it just me? 🙂

Look for a new HotTEA every week.

Better put on your oven mitts.


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a taste of melissa gilbert’s my prairie cookbook (soup + rice pudding!)

These days, I’m all about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been enjoying Pamela Smith Hill’s online course, which compares Wilder’s Little House books with her soon-to-be published autobiography Pioneer Girl, and I must say all that talk of traveling to and from Walnut Grove in a covered wagon has made me hungry for some down home country food.

That’s why I was especially happy to see Melissa Gilbert’s recently released My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014). I’m a longtime fan of the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series and always picture Melissa whenever Laura’s name is mentioned. Can you believe it’s been exactly 40 years since the series first aired on NBC?

My Prairie Cookbook is a must-have for Little House fans. In this scrapbook-cookbook, Melissa shares nearly 80 recipes and lots of wonderful behind-the-scenes photos, memorabilia, and personal recollections. She answers frequently asked questions from fans, lists her top ten favorite LH episodes, comments on LH bloopers and goofs, and writes so lovingly about Michael Landon, whom she considered to be her second “Pa” ( her own father died when she was just 11).

For those of us who’ve watched the series for many years, that image of a freckle-faced, somewhat fearless minx in pigtails and calico is so firmly entrenched in our minds that we might not realize that in real life Melissa raised four boys and liked nothing better than cooking lots of soul-nourishing comfort food for her family and friends.

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