Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tea Room Recipes #2 - A Time Remembered (Thomaston, Ga.)

Some years ago, wanderlust struck and I decided to go to a tea room all by my ownself, as a friend likes to say. If you've never been to tea with yourself, I definitely recommend it! I took a journal along that day, and I had a wonderful time enjoying tea and just hearing myself think. If there's a better place to do this than alone in a tea room, I can't think of it. A Time Remembered has since closed and is now "a tea room remembered," and I'm so grateful the tea room had published this lovely book of recipes!

This potato chowder recipe appealed to me for many reasons. Soup is such a great, satisfying food to make to ward off winter's chill. And this recipe is a little loosey-goosey in that it lets *you* decide exactly how many servings to make (I chose four), and I like the flexibility of this. Of course when I read that it is recommended you serve this in teacups, that sealed the deal for me. The result? An absolutely delicious chowder that I will be making again and again!

Old Fashioned Potato Chowder

You will need the following ingredients per serving:

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 medium Idaho potato, peeled and diced in 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 baby carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1/8 medium onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon flour
Salt, pepper and whole milk, as desired

In soup pot, melt butter on medium heat and add potatoes. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer while preparing other ingredients.

In skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat and add carrots, celery and onion. Cook until soft. Sprinkle with dill, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat, add flour and blend well.

Bring potatoes back to a boil, add skillet ingredients and stir. Reduce heat to simmer. Continue to stir, and add milk to desired consistency. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are soft. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve in small bowls or teacups. You may wish to add toppings such as cheddar cheese, parsley, sour cream or bacon pieces.


  1. Lovely recipe. Sad to hear of a tearoom closing but good that it is somewhat preserved in that book. Love the Biltmore teacup. :) I have the pot! (Don't know if you remember but we went about a week apart from one another).

  2. Mmmm- love soups and chowdah as we say in New England. This one seems especially good since it is so adaptable.
    And I agree, going to restuarant or diner (have not yet been to a tea room) alone can be quite fun. You have time think, to observe, make up interesting stories about the other diners. Glad you shared this recipe.

  3. Mmmmmmmm this Irish lady loves any potato soup and that recipe (and your awesome pics of it) look and sound DELISH!!

    It always hurts my heart to read of a tea house closing. I love your went alone when the mood struck you. I never have done so, and perhaps need to do that for my very own self soon.

    I have dined alone many times over the years - always with a book. I always get a kick how the staff treats a gal dining alone. My mom told me that they did that to her, too - always feeling kinda "bad" for you and VERY attentive.......not realing the peace and alone time was savory!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe - it sure looks pretty in that fantastic teacup set!

  4. Thanks Angela, for this great post. I live in Thomaston, and enjoyed going to "A Time Remembered" with my daughter and granddaughter. Brenda was a gracious host and we were so sorry when she needed to close the tearoom. I did fail to buy the cookbook. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Sylvia @agrandmasblessings

  5. What an interesting way to write a recipe - per serving! Looks quite tasty... and love the tea cup presentation!

  6. WOW, This looks great - I love tea room recipe books so much. Another awesome one is from the Rose Cottage in Clear Lake, IA!

  7. This recipe is a keeper! I'll be trying it out.

  8. Oh how wonderful - a great tea experience. I love just getting lost in the "sounds" of the room - clinking china and usually lovely music.

  9. We visited this tea room several years ago while driving through Georgia. Brenda was the ultimate hostess, and we had a wonderful visit and tea. I purchased the recipe book and it is one of my favorites.

    I am enjoying your 2013 Saturday series!

  10. Oh Angela, that recipe looks delicious! Sorry to hear that the tea room closed (and sorry I did not get to go to it, when it was open!)
    Your photo looks luscious, so does the tea cup. I'm enjoying your Saturday series, Joanie

  11. Not only a wonderful cookbook, but a wonderful photo and recipe. Perfect for a cold afternoon!

  12. I have gone to many tea rooms by myself including Georgia and California. This recipe sounds yummy and I will try it. I love your blog so much and appreciate you. Thank you.

  13. Sounds good for a cold winter day. I took myself to a teashop just the other day. No food served, but the tea was good.

  14. I like the "per serving" recipe, too! Sweet memories and a yummy soup.

  15. I love visiting tea rooms with only myself for company. A great place to indulge and think, reflect.

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  17. Looks like a yummy chowder recipe.

    I was fortunate to enjoy afternoon tea at this tearoom several times. Now I wish that I had purchased the cookbook. It was such a disappointment when Brenda decided to close her tearoom and move closer to family.

  18. Looks and sounds like a yummy recipe, and I recognize that cup you've served it in! Fun memories!

  19. Great idea to serve soup in a teacup! I love it. Thanks for the inspiration.


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