Wednesday, February 3, 2010


When I hear the name Tasha Tudor my mind automatically travels to Corgi Cottage, Tasha's beloved home in Vermont. I envision her enchanting cottage dark and cozy as a squirrel's nest. Her beloved corgis would be underfoot all while the magical aroma from the tin kitchen permeated the air. I found a kindred spirit when I discovered the world of Tasha Tudor. Her love of animals, gardens, crafts- and of course her art. She once claimed she was not an artist, but an illustrator, many do not agree with her statement. I have collected many of Tasha's books and her cookbook happens to be one of my favorites. I have made many of her recipes and love the fact that many call for "farm fresh warm eggs". I think to myself "why, I have those on hand" and run to the coop and snatch an egg or two from under one of my girls. Just one of the many pleasures of having your own chickens. This morning I made Tasha's chocolate cookies, I added a dusting of powdered sugar to finish them off.
Not only does Tasha's cookbook offer mouth watering recipes, but you are treated to an insight into the magical world that Tasha created.

The cookies turn out perfectly and were much enjoyed by all. Tasha Tudor is no longer with us, but her spirit lives on. I believe our world is a better place because of her. Thank you Tasha- you are dearly missed.


Louie said...

I too found a kindred spirit in Tasha Tudor. In 1995 I was blessed to meet her when she came to Reading Pennsylvania to talk about her gardens. While on stage she did some sketching.She said felt more comfortable sketching than just talking. At the end she sold the sketches. I am happy to say each day I am thankful to have one of her sketches. As she was signing it she told me it was of her son as small boy being followed by his goose. I absolutely love it , her lifestyle and her. I am glad to know someone else was equally touched. The top shelf of my book shelf holds her many books in a place of honor.

dj said...

love tasha tudor.....hadn't thought about her in a long time..i need to get out my t.t. books...haven't looked at them in years.

thanks for the post.

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a beautiful the illustrations!

Kritter Keeper said...

ohh! i love her! i discovered her while i was googling harrison cady illustrations from my favorite childhood books by thorton burgess wilder...thank you so much for posting about her! i want to bake those cookies...but the eggs are only store bought from poor chickens with cut off beaks and who live in tiny boxes...yuck! bad husband won't let me have my own babies yet!! (yes I buy free range but that is not much better than since they fight all the time with no range is a misnomer)

DayPhoto said...

I love Tasha Tudor also. And have ALL her books. I found her delightful and brave to live her life in today's world as if she were in another place and time. I admire that and the fact she let us visit her.


Eve said...

A lovely tribute Julie. The cookies look very good!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

my heart is pounding...LOVE Tasha Tudor more than anything...LOVE HER !

Have the cookbook too....I adore it

your chocolate cookies look amazing....

i want chickens this spring...i hope i can get them..want to let them roam the garden ...we have a spot under a tree where john could build a coop...have their names picked out too..

Mary Jo
Mary Anne
Anne Marie

i want 3 brown ONLY worry is that I have my 2 stray kittys that i feed in the garden..but i also have wild bird seed on the ground for the doves and they never try to catch them...chickens and cats have gotten together on farms forever, right? do you think it would be o.k.?

Thanks for stopping by Farmhouse..and thanks for looking for the sprig...yep..most of what i got came from maine or vermont...

are you in that HUGE snowstorm?

glad you stopped's always good to see a friend