1. Christine, can you tell us about your little cafe?
Little Flower is my life’s dream. A tiny cafe on the edge of town, it’s where we gather to prepare and eat fresh, delicious food, drink strong coffee, listen to great music, and surround ourselves with art, neighbors, friends, and community. The cafe was born in 2007. Our menu has expanded to include soups, salads, bowls, quiches, tarts, breakfast dishes, and many baked goods. Now, Little Flower is a cafe as well as a bakery and candy-making operation, and many stores across the nation carry our salty caramels.
2. What’s the most popular item on your menu?
That’s like asking me to choose between my children, I love all of them! We have a large menu, and many daily specials to choose from at the cafe. There is definitely something for everyone. I would say our Goddess Salad with butter lettuce, haricot vert, cucumbers, chopped egg, feta, and lemon thyme vinaigrette, and our Green Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat with garlic edamame spread, aioli, oven roasted turkey, arugula, cucumber, jalapeño, avocado, onion sprouts, and cilantro are two of our most popular. We make everything in-house from roasting our own roast beef, turkey, meatloaf made from scratch, to our delicious pastries.
3. What can your fans expect from your cookbook?
My recipes are simple and approachable. I love the imperfection of food, and my hope with this book is to encourage home cooks to join me in honoring this imperfection. The goal is not to create masterpieces. It’s to have fun, keep it simple, keep it fresh, and don’t over think it. Make your cooking process enjoyable. Surround yourself with people who appreciate your efforts, then go for it. Play when you cook. And embrace the imperfections. Most of all, cook with love. It is the most precious ingredient.
4. Why did you choose Art of Tea as your supplier?
We needed a change. We needed to fall in love with our teas and offer something to our customers that we knew was of the highest quality and a fantastic selection. After meeting with Charles (Art of Tea’s Director of Education) about our needs and then tasting, smelling, and loving the teas we knew it would be the right fit for Little Flower. Art of Tea provided great service, and great tea. It’s perfect.
5. Most importantly, which of our teas pairs best with your delicious salted caramels?
When you have time to sit and are craving something warm and sweet it pairs well with Chamomile Clementine, but you can never go wrong with a savory Classic Black iced tea and a sweet & salty caramel for a quick afternoon pick me up.
[Interview by Katie Kirby. All photos provided by Little Flower.]