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Domestic Diva

June 2016
On Sale: June 7, 2016
Featuring: Sophie Winston
304 pages
ISBN: 0425282651
EAN: 9780425282656
Kindle: B016JPTQCW
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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Also by Krista Davis:
The Diva Goes Overboard, June 2024
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The Diva Delivers on a Promise, May 2024
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I have been accused of being a bit of a domestic diva. That’s not surprising with books like THE DIVA SERVES HIGH TEA! But I like to keep things easy, and I love recipes I can prepare in advance.

This is celebration season. Graduations, bridal showers, and family reunions are on the calendar. So I thought I would share a dessert that everyone loves and anyone can make.

I'm not in the habit of promoting products. Recently, though, while I waited for something, I killed some time (and some cash) in WalMart where I found adorable little glass trifle bowls. They're the perfect size for a single serving. At $2 a pop, you wouldn't break the bank if you needed enough for a small luncheon. Imagine how they would dress up ice cream!

This recipe is super simple. If you’re a domestic diva, use your favorite sponge cake or pound cake recipe. If there’s no time for baking (or it’s just not your thing), pick up a sponge cake at the store or look for Sara Lee’s pound cake in the freezer section.

Kick this up a little bit by adding your favorite liquor for the adults. I’m fond of Chambord or Peach Schnapps for a hint of sweetness.

Summer Trifle

(makes 4 individual trifles)

  • 2-3 pints assorted berries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
  • 1/2 a cake
  • fruit liqueur or rum (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Wash the berries and dry on paper towels. Cut the strawberries into pieces. Cut the cake into 1-inch (approximate) squares. Beat the heavy cream until it begins to take shape, then add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until it holds a shape but isn't stiff.

Begin with a piece of cake in the bottom of the bowl. Sprinkle the cake with liqueur (optional). Add berries. Top with a dollop of cream. Repeat, ending with the cream. Garnish with a berry.


The Diva Serves
High Tea

The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss serves up a new mystery steeped in murder...

When The Parlour opens up in town, domestic diva Sophie Winston finally has a place to satisfy her cravings for all things tea and crumpet related. And the shop serves as the perfect place for the ladies of the town to gather and gossip, especially since it’s conveniently located right across the street from the new antique store run by the handsome and charming Warren Smith.

But speculation around Warren really boils over when he’s found dead—a victim of poisoning after attending a literacy fundraiser at The Parlour the night before. What Sophie learns about the man leaves a bitter taste in her mouth, and she’ll have to strain out a killer from a strange brew of suspects...

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

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About Krista Davis

Krista Davis

Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Paws and Claws Mysteries. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.

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What is your favorite tea dish? You don't need to provide a recipe but just tell us your favorite below and you'll be entered to win a copy of THE DIVA SERVES HIGH TEA




28 comments posted.

Re: How to Look Like a Domestic Diva Without Really Trying

I have to say any kind of scones and finger sandwiches like tuna with cucumber.
I'm looking forward to reading this .
(Penney Wilfort 10:18am June 13, 2016)

Thanks for the recipe also
(Penney Wilfort 10:19am June 13, 2016)

I love croissants filled with chicken salad and either butter or sugar cookies.
(Shellie Arndts 1:44pm June 13, 2016)

I love scones...with fruit, spices, or just plain. I top them with jams or jellies,
clotted creme, or melted butter. No matter how I serve them, I love scones!
(Kathleen Costa 4:44pm June 13, 2016)

My daughter had a tea instead of a bridal party. The food was so amazing! I think the tiny little shortbread cookies have to be my favorite with some raspberry flavored whipped cream!!!
(Sandy Fielder 7:21pm June 13, 2016)

I love scones
(Vicki Clevinger 8:55pm June 13, 2016)

OMG, I'm hyperventilating over that trifle! I love
raspberries! Last night I had a slice of vanilla pound cake
with half a pint of raspberries and cool whip. It was to
die for! Thank you so much for the opportunity!
(Marcia Berbeza 9:22pm June 13, 2016)

Lemon bars with my tea please! Looking forward to reading
(Teresa Ward 11:22pm June 13, 2016)

Honey cake
(Shirley Pinczewski 12:36pm June 14, 2016)

High tea is one of my favorite special events.
(Jackie Stieghorst 12:36pm June 14, 2016)

I love Burgundy Berry Pie with cranberries and blueberries
and also Blonde Brownies. Please enter me in your great
contest to win THE DIVA SERVES HIGH TEA. I love the book
cover too. Thank You very much. Cecilia
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 1:23am June 14, 2016)

I am not as in to sweets, I prefer tea sandwiches, especially
cucumber :)
(Amy Casaldi 1:53am June 14, 2016)

I love the recipe. Thank you for providing it.

As a Southerner, I mastered the art of making tea cakes at the ripe old age of seven years old. I can make some lovely, delicate, soft tea cakes (or even make them crispy for those who prefer them that way...though ick...that is a COOKIE, not a TEA cake).
(Michelle Willms 2:50am June 14, 2016)

My Aunt taught me to make the best finger sandwiches.
(Donna Graham 7:56am June 14, 2016)

Shortbread cookies are my favorite tea dish! But this trifle looks pretty amazing too!
(Jamie Stein 10:18am June 14, 2016)

I love the tea cakes or cookies with lots of powdered sugar on top . The recipe looks and sounds delicious . Thanks for this chance to win this book , love the cover also .
(Joan Thrasher 10:57am June 14, 2016)

Don't like tea, but shortbread cookies or fresh scones are good at any time!
(Carol Gowett 2:56pm June 14, 2016)

Cheddar & chives scones. Thanks for the chance!
(Jana B 4:13pm June 14, 2016)

scones and clotted cream
(Doris Losey 7:54pm June 14, 2016)

Scones and raspberries are my favorite.
(Jackie Wisherd 10:34pm June 14, 2016)

Scones and shortbread are best, since I love my strong black tea!
(Cynthia Powers 12:21pm June 15, 2016)

Shortbread cookies + blueberry tea = my favorites for tea
(Laura Muldoon 10:32am June 15, 2016)

chicken salad sandwiches with mayo only Virginia girls like us know best
(Jeri Dickinson 3:41pm June 15, 2016)

chocolate bread pudding is my favorite dessert, but I'm also fond of brownies and cookies, as my expanding waistline(where is that exactly?) will attest to!
(Kathleen Gardiner 9:49pm June 15, 2016)

Anything chocolate. A deep rich flourless chocolate torte or a chocolate
torte with red raspberries and whipped cream!
(Nancy L Gessner 12:54pm June 16, 2016)

chicken salad with mayo on a crossiant
(Jeri Dickinson 7:21pm June 16, 2016)

cucumber sandwiches
(MaryEllen Hanneman 2:10pm June 18, 2016)

Tea, crumpets and poison, what could be better!
(Melody Kaufman 9:14pm June 18, 2016)

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