November 8, 2017

Easy & Delicious Holiday Cookies (Part II)

We introduced you to Refrigerator Shortbread Holiday Cookies in our previous blog post, now here’s another great recipe that you can make ahead of time and bake as needed.  It’s perfect for the busy holiday season and so unique and delectable your family and friends will truly be delighted! Matcha & Hibiscus Swirl Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter (softened) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp Kosher salt 1 pkg. Vanilla Matcha powder 1 ½ Tbsp Hibiscus, ground Directions: Cream together the butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix. Next add the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix well. Split the dough in half and put in separate bowls. […]
February 8, 2017

Banana Bread with Caramel Walnut Shortbread Tea

I love banana bread.  I don’t make it often, but I love it.  Due to the infrequency of baking this treat I think I forget how yummy it is.  That is until it comes out of the oven, onto my plate and into my mouth!   I was so happy when I realized today that we had a couple of bananas that were a little past their prime.   I decided to make this baking event into a blog post so I could have an excuse when my calorie conscious partner came home from work.  He was not surprised when he was bowled over by the smell of fresh baked banana bread as he walked through the front door.  His only comment “I thought you’d be baking.  You seemed […]
December 7, 2016

Roasted Chestnut Snowball Cookies & Holiday Tea Treats

    Here’s a new recipe that will delight you and your guests this holiday season.  We can’t believe how tasty these cookies are!  Traditionally Snowball cookies are made with ground nuts, however, we added our new Roasted Chestnut herbal tisane to the butter in this recipe to create an incredible taste sensation! Try the recipe below or there are a few variations to try with this recipe.  You can add nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans…) either toasted or untoasted and ground (1/2 – 1 cup) or add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.  These cookies are rolled in powdered sugar.  We did roll them in powdered sugar, however, we also discovered that these cookies are scrumptious rolled in either a mixture of confectioner’s sugar & cinnamon or a […]
October 25, 2016

Spice up your Fall Tea Parties

  Autumn is here in all its glory and, personally, I couldn’t be happier!  I find that the beginning of every season prompts me to declare that this is my favorite season.  And this is Autumn is no different.  We’re fortunate to live in the Northeast where the seasons are so clearly defined.  As Summer is slowly fading away, I have very fond memories of the fun times and special adventures, but now it’s time to embrace the spectacular Fall foliage and the cooler temperatures while we prepare for, hopefully, a snowy Winter.  I’ve been enjoying these warm Fall afternoons, sipping a cup of tea in the sunshine while I look at the distant trees and enjoy the colorful baskets of mums beside me.  I hope you have […]
August 10, 2016

Making your own Herbal Bitters

It’s Summer and time for refreshing new beverages.  Lately I’ve been interested in bitters and, while there are many options available commercially, I often can’t find them in my local stores.  So I looked online for information on making herbal bitters.  Are you looking to add a different dimension to your cocktails and iced beverages?  Try making your own bitters!  It’s fast and easy and the combinations are endless. You’ll need a funnel, a scale that can weigh small quantities (less than 1oz), high quality vodka or gin, high quality herbs, amber dropper bottles.  That’s pretty much it. I found useful information about proportions of different herbs to use here. To start I thought I would take 6 different herbs and steep them individually to see which I liked […]
June 13, 2016

Iced Tea Recipes and Cocktails

June is National  Iced Tea Month.  To celebrate we’ve got some fantastic iced tea recipes and information about iced tea through the years. History of Iced Tea While iced tea was popularized at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 (see our blog on the origin of iced tea) references to iced tea recipes appeared in cookbooks as far back as 1876.  At that time, tea consumption was evenly split between green and black teas.  According to the US National Library of Medicine, the breakdown of the tea consumed was 40% black teas, 40% green teas and 20% oolong.   During WWII, due to public opinion and availability, tea importers were forced to switch their sources to Indian black teas, which were supplied by the British. Many of […]
March 2, 2016

Jason’s Pork Roast with Tea Rub

Tea Rub? Yes! Jason is the kind of person we all need in our lives.  He’s kind, sweet, smart, handsome, and … he loves to cook.  Whenever he comes to visit we can be sure we’ll be eating fantastic concoctions. While he is a definite meat eater, he always makes a great effort to incorporate my vegetarian desires.  On his last visit he asked me about making a tea rub that he could put on a roast and that I could put on tofu.  Below is the recipe he developed.  It was great on my tofu and amazing (I’ve heard) on the roast they cooked in the rotisserie (that Jason brought with him!). Tea Rub 1 cup black tea (we used Assam) 1/8 cup lemon myrtle ¼ cup […]
February 18, 2016

Ben’s Nepal Tea, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

One of the great benefits to having a Summer garden is being able to enjoy the splendor of your efforts in the Fall and Winter.  We were able to put up potatoes, onions, squash, apples, carrots and garlic as well as  lots of produce that we froze and canned.  The apples that haven’t been pressed into cider have been looking a little sad, so we found this fantastic recipe for Butternut Squash and apples that is heavenly.  And when I say “we” I don’t actually mean “me” since I had nothing to do with this for the most part.  I simply brewed the tea for the recipe then went back to work and waited for dinner.  It was worth the wait!  I hope you enjoy this soup as […]
February 1, 2016

Valentine’s Day Tea Treats

Treat your Valentine’s Day Tea Treats such as an aromatic, delectable cup of our new Valentine’s Day Tea or use our Valentine’s tea to make some delicious treats! No matter what time of the year, nothing says “I Love You” like a great cup of tea! Your sweetheart will enjoy sipping this well rounded, amber cup with its full flavor that lingers deliciously on the tongue. The aroma of decadent chocolate will draw you in, while the taste of rich chocolate and tart pomegranate will keep you coming back for more. Click here to read more about the making of this new tea blend!   Valentine’s Day Tea Cocktail   Infuse 1 Tbsp of Valentine’s Day Tea blend in a glass jar with 4 oz vodka.  Let steep […]
November 18, 2015

Festive Recipes using our Holiday Teas

Delight your family and friends this Holiday season with these delectable Festive Recipes Holiday Tea Treats made with our Holiday Teas.  These teas are delicious brewed as hot teas, but the recipes below take the experience one step further.  Do you have a favorite recipe using our teas? Please share with us we’d love to try it!   Candy Cane Rooibos Our Candy Cane organic rooibos blend is delicious hot or cold (yes any time of year!).  Caffeine free and sugar free, this tisane brings joy to your taste buds! Try this cookie recipe for your next holiday party.  Easy to make and delightfully festive, they are certain to be a sensation!   Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies Chocolate and mint … a perfect combination especially during the holiday season! […]