January 7, 2015


Southern women love tea rooms! We plan our parties around them. We love to dress in fine fashion, drape those fabulous heirloom pearls around our necks and pin a fabulous big brooch to our beautifully shaped tweed jackets! The love of tea rooms begins when we are very young children.
By the time we reach adulthood, we have experienced many fine tea parties, from graduations, to wedding showers, baby showers, anniversaries and even gather here to celebrate our milestone birthdays.

If you have been a lover of tea rooms, 
you know you are going to experience some delicious food.
Even men like to attend a tea room luncheon,
 although they probably won't admit it.
We remember the finest of pimento cheese sandwiches, 
the most divine chicken salad on freshly baked croissants and
 to-die-for Cream of Mushroom soup, laced with white wine! 

There is always the aroma of fresh roses, mixed with flavored teas and 
a lingering of Jungle Gardenia perfume. 

Cheddar cheese bennies, laced with cayenne pepper are found on every table,
 along with hot pepper jelly!

I have never, ever had a mushroom soup to match what is served in our favorite southern tea room!
Until now.......

1/4 cup butter
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of minced garlic
1/2 lb of fresh mushrooms
5 T. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. dried thyme
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup half and half
1/4 cup white wine
2 T. freshly chopped parsley

In a large saucepan, melt the butter, Add the chopped onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat, add add the flour. Stir well to form a coating and a roux. Place back on medium heat, and add the chicken broth, stirring until well blended and smooth. Add all spices. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the half and half and white wine. Garnish with fresh parsley. Spoon into little individual soup bowls. Simply divine! 


  1. Thank you for this. We would love it. Enjoyed all your photos today. Deb

    1. Please enjoy this Deb! I think you will when you are having those cold winter nights! Thank you for stopping by today!

  2. I love tea rooms but haven't had soup at one. This, however, looks so good. I do love mushroom soup! Thanks for this recipe!


    1. You are quite welcome hope you enjoy this! Thank you for visiting me today!

  3. Dear Estelle, I love how you showed the learning to love the idea of the hospitality and fine dining that a Tea Room gives to enjoy such a special event or just a quiet lunch with a dear Hubby or a friend! i think life is too short for a hasty lunch!
    I did copy this soup recipe and will Pin it right away love!
    Still feeling a bit of under the weather, I have been eating chicken soup!
    Love, Roxy

    1. I am so very sorry to hear you are under the weather...perhaps it's winter and having the holidays leave us. Please feel better and yes....chicken soup will make it all better! Hugs Miss Roxy!

  4. How do you manage to take such fabulous pictures of food? To make food look appetizing and appealing is a true talent! Love your new header, too! :-)

    1. Thank you M! I so appreciate your kind comments! I certanly do try to take a good picture of the recipe, so you will want to try it! This is SO GOOD!!! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

  5. Oh, I meant to ask! Is one of those pictures from the Swan House?

  6. Oh yes....this is The Swan Coach favorite of all Tea Rooms!


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