Guava Rose makes chewy chai cookies:
I've been working on this chai cookie for a while. All the chai cookies I've seen have been a light, cream colored snickerdoodle type cookie rolled in chai spices. I really wanted a dark-colored cookie, that looked like the dark color of chai. Powdered tea and spices mixed into the dough resulted in the perfect color. For the icing, I wanted a milky flavor to simulate the milk used in making chai, and to provide a contrast to the spicy cookie. Powdered milk, a little sugar, and a touch of vanilla mixed up nicely for the glaze.
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A Year in Wine speculates about inauguration wine:
Just got off the phone with Bianca Nicolosi, a journalism student at Ithaca College in upstate New York. She'd earlier emailed me a couple of questions dealing with her pursuit of a report that a riesling from the state's Finger Lakes region will be served at President Obama's inaugural luncheon in January. ... I'm not surprised that a Finger Lakes riesling has been chosen to be served at an inaugural event. It's the varietal that shows best in Finger Lakes. Of course, January in Washington, D.C., isn't exactly riesling season. Riesling is a wine best savored during spring, summer and fall, when the weather is warmer and sunnier.
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