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Tea isn’t just for drinking, it’s for eating too. If you’re a fan of food and tea, you’ve probably heard, tasted, or cooked food with tea on it. Tea can kick any plain ol’ food into a gourmet treat that will surely leave an impression on your family and dinner guests.

 

Want to try it yourself? Here are 5 things you can do with tea to make the food for your next dinner party more interesting:

 

There have been numerous studies backing up claims of the benefits of tea for health. And recently, additional research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has further supported that tea could benefit our health. In this recent study, the researchers have focused on the effects of tea on weight loss, cancer and cardiovascular risk, bone strength and attention and focus.

tea and weight lossFor now, we'll discuss how tea could help with weight loss.

Smoking Meat with Tea

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Are you fond of smoking meat? Have you been experimenting with different wood to get that new twist in flavor? Well if you want to get great, exotic and really interesting taste, try using loose-leaf tea.

Smoking with tea is not really something new, but not all people know that this is a great alternative. This process of using tea has long been used in Chinese cuisine to get really delicate flavors. Now if this process is quite new to you, then here are some tea smoking prep and tips that you might want to use.

To start, secure the following:

Cure Boils With Tea

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For a while now, we have been discussing a lot about the beauty benefits of tea. So far, we could see that tea could help us in a number of ways, from head to skin - but mind you, we're not done yet.

But before we proceed on that particular topic, there are some noteworthy tips that you all should know.

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Coffee Leaf Tea - A Unique Brew

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Coffee leaf teaBoth tea and coffee have been the world's second most favorite drink after to water. Most tea and coffee enthusiasts can hardly choose which among these two drinks is better, but now to perhaps settle this dilemma, a coffee leaf tea has been discovered.

The researchers of this so-called "coffee leaf tea" - the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London and the Joint Research Unit for Crop Diversity, Adaptation and Development in Montpellier made a rare tea out of coffee leaves and claims that this is healthier than both drinks.

tea and iron deficiencyIt has been told that drinking tea may have iron-inhibiting effects in the body. And because of that, some people have been avoiding tea. But little do we know that the iron absorption effects of tea are minimal, because it only affects nonheme iron, and it's not necessary to stop consumption in the fear of being iron deficient.

Do you take sugar?

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While sipping tea recently with a friend, I was impressed by her sugar dispenser, a little glass bauble which puts out exactly one teaspoon of sugar each time you invert it. I sheepishly admitted that I don't get out much, and I might even have uttered the word "newfangled." Then she told me the piece was actually old. Oops.

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Darjeeling Tea Vinaigrette

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My husband, Will, and I planted our first vegetable garden at the tail end of spring. We were so excited to harvest a variety of tomatoes, pumpkin, okra, squash, cucumber and a plethora of greens and herbs by the beginning of fall.

Night Time Tea - Volume II

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sleepytime tea hobbiesHow is it that you enjoy your night time tea? Do you enjoy a cup of herbal in the quiet after the kids go to bed? Do you sip a cup during the nightly news? I take mine out to the front porch and sip my tea while I drink in the night. Listening to the night sounds of suburbia, Killdeers winging through the dark... Sometimes watching a bat fly in and out of the streetlight catchng insects.

Salmon in Black Tea Coconut Sauce

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Here is my second attempt for a main course from the book Culinary Tea which introduces innovative styles of cooking with tea.

Ingredients: Serves 6

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Green Tea vs. Black Tea: Which is Better?

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When the camelia sinensis plant gave birth, she produced a similar yet very distinctive set of quadruplets: green, white, oolong and black. The siblings that shine the most are the oldest and the youngest...green and black. As the youngest, black tea has for many generations been the spoiled, all American favorite especially in southern households as it is welcomed with every meal, iced. Green tea, although it chose to go backpacking around the world and thus developed a finer sense of appreciation, has far lived in the shadow of its youngest sibling at home...

Bourbon Slush Tea Cocktail Recipe

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While flying to Las Vegas for a friend's bachelorette party, I was page-turning Southwest airline's magazine called "Spirit" when I happened upon a most interesting tea alcoholic drink. With its main ingredient being tea, naturally I was eager to try this on our trip and figured it would do the ladies a lot of good to loosen up the right way while tanning at the Hard Rock poolside.

Fresh Mint Tea Recipe - Sun Tea

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Mint is a refreshing ingredient to any drink on a melting hot day. In the category of superfoods, mint is a superstar. For centuries now, mint is known for multiple ailments: nausea, headache, acne, digestion, skincare, asthma, fresh breath and so on. It also grows bountifully in a garden patch all year long. Combine this verdant herb with black tea and you have yourself a summer power drink. mint tea recipe