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Why Choose Organic Tea

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Tea is an all-around healthy beverage, everyone knows that. Whether getting your tea fix from your neighborhood grocery store or in a specialty tea shop like California Tea House, it’s still the better option over sodas and powdered juices. But if we’re talking about drinking tea for health anyway, we might as well buy organic. Sure, non-organic, off-the-shelf teas are still healthy in comparison to sodas and powdered juices… But the health benefits of tea is washed out in the non-organic variation.

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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:

 

How to Make Iced Tea from Loose Leaf

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Loose leaf tea isn’t a very popular option among people because, well, tea bags are just a lot more convenient aren’t they? But for tea lovers like you and me, there’s no other choice out there but loose leaf. It’s fresher, it has higher quality, and it just tastes better. You get more of the tea’s antioxidants from this form too!

Marie Antoinette's Blooming Tea

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Blooming tea or flowering tea are absolutely fascinating. It’s a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around dried flowers. When steeped, it blooms into a beautiful bouquet at the bottom of your pot or cup. Watching it never ceases to amaze me. It’s like a time lapse of a bud growing into a full blown flower.

Children's Tea Party Tips

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CHILDREN'S TEA PARTYThrowing a children's tea party isn't just about fun and playtime. This is in fact, one of the best ways to introduce healthy tea drinking to kids. So if you are planning to give your child a bash or if you're up for a simple bonding time, then why not go for a tea party?

Gone were the days when a children's tea party is all about plastic tea cups and stuffed toys. With your guidance, you can make this experience a happy reality for the kids. Here are some simple tips to make sure the fun never spoils:

  1. Set the time and venue. Like any other events, setting the 'where' and the 'when' is the first step. With this in place, planning the flow becomes easier.

Lorrayne's Lemon Sweet Tea Pork Roast

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Our Southern friends have been cooking with tea for years. In the American South tea is ideal not only for drinking, but also for brining, making a simple glaze or, like my recipe below, used dry as part of a rub. This recipe can be used also be used on ribs, beef roasts, and poultry. If you are using ribs or poultry with skin still on, omit the vegetable oil.

Lorrayne's Lemon Sweet Tea Pork Roast

pork roast with tea rub

½ ounce, or 6 bags, of black tea leaves

Cool and Delicious Apricot Chai Milkshake

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As I sit typing this blog post, it is 114 degrees Fahrenheit outside my front door. Needless to say, it is hot and, with most of the United States experiencing high temperatures as well, it may just be time to find a tea related remedy for this problem. I have a solution from in the form of an easy to make Apricot Chai Tea Milkshake recipe that only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

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What you'll need:

Interview with a Tea Teacher

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Ms. Cymantia Tomlinson recently taught a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". Students who took this course learned about the healing properties of various bush teas and created their own signature blends using exotic spices and organic ingredients. They were also able to sample delectable Jamaican desserts as part of the experience.

I was not able to attend, but Ms. Tomlinson was kind enough to let me interview her and share her passion for tea with all of you. Enjoy our conversation!

Jamaican style tea cup - Ms. Cymantia TomlinsonQ. You recently conducted a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". What made you want to teach this course?

Sinless Strawberry Palmer

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This is a delicious and unique ice tea that I made recently when I found my self with a lot of extra strawberries! If you prefer a little more "Sin", add a splash of rum.Sinless Strawberry Palmer Tea Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c. Domino Light Stevia Blend. If you're using sugar, use a full cup, if you use honey, 3/4 cup. I don't recommend using pure Stevia for this drink.

4 Lemons

Hawaian Garden Party Tea

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Flower Show Tea 2012

Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia International Flower Show’s one of the big social events of the year and the largest harbinger of spring. This year’s theme was Hawaiian. Think leis, orchids, and hibiscus. Also think many judging categories and the crowds befitting the largest indoor exhibition in the world. So, when my husband and I discovered that the Pa Horticultural Society was offering a garden tea in a converted conference room away from the bustle of the crowds, we leaped.

Pondering Polar Pekoe?

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Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths.” ~John Egerton

Most of us are familiar with at least some of the benefits of tea. It’s delicious; it’s high in antioxidants, and a great way to calm the mind and spirit. It’s soothing on a cold winter’s night, and as Richard Blechynden learned many years ago in Saint Louis, refreshing on a summer day.

When the weather outside is frightful...

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... then tea and scones are absolutely delightful!

Raise your cups to an act of winter whimsy: the tea party. In attendance were two children (at heart) and two teddy bears. In the oven, a batch of maple-cinnamon scones. In our cups, well, tea of course - in fact, thee kinds were consumed over the

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High Tea

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High TeaWhat is High Tea exactly? Low Tea and High Tea are like small meals, almost like snacks, served with tea. Low tea, which gets its name from being served on a low table, like a garden table or coffee table, would be served somewhere between noon and 5 PM and hence sometimes goes by the name Afternoon Tea. High Tea is typically served around 5 - 6 PM and is a heartier snack, with meats, breads and of course tea. High Tea got it's name from being served on the dining table which was typically the tallest table in the house.

Peace Tea

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When it comes to your health, what's in your cup is a very important topic. The beverages that we take in on a day to day basis really add up and can take from or add to your life in a big way. If you're drinking 60g of sugar sodas, even if it's one a day, you'd better have a pretty good workout schedule or be blessed with a super high metabolism to keep that off your belt line. If you're having more than one soda per day, you are raising your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

On the other hand, enjoying a cup or more of tea a day can extend your life by helping eliminate cancer causing free radicals from your body. Drinking tea can also help promote healthy gums, skin, hair, weight loss.... the list goes on and on.peace tea

Tea and Almond Recipe

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A while back I embarked on a journey to try every recipe printed in the fabulous book, Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern. My journey was interrupted by a gift from God…I became pregnant with my first child. As I could not reap the fruits of my labor, i.e., as I was now prohibited from consuming caffeine, I decided it was best to wait until now.

With my son sound asleep right next to me this 3rd month of his birth, I have shaken the dust off of my copy of Culinary Tea and am ready to dive back into trying all recipes.

How to Host a Modern Tea Party

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In today's busy society, it seems like everyone wants more time with family and friends. And yet for many of us, hosting a dinner or even a lunch is daunting: there's the preparation, the cooking, the cleaning, the dishes -- oh, the dishes!

An afternoon tea can be a quick, painless way to host a get-together. All the host needs to do is brew tea, set out some snacks if desired, and enjoy the company!

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A New Teaware Culture?

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green cup and teapot teawareHave you gone to a tea room lately? Of the many that I've been to or researched, they are all either English or Asian style. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that... but is this how you enjoy your tea? Do you always have your tea in a china cup and saucer... or from an Asian pot in a tea bowl? Or... do you have a favorite mug? I have many pots and many cups, mostly without saucers and many mugs (I use a mug in the mornings)... I tend to marry pots I like with cups and creamer/sugar sets that don't match the pot perfectly, to make my own tea sets.

Tips on Introducing Your Friends to Tea

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arly enjoying green teaNot many of my friends drink tea. I think it must be a generational thing - we were brought up to eat cereal in the morning and dash out the door. Who has time for tea? Well, to help introduce your friends to the world of healthy and delicious tea, there are a few things I have learned to do.

1) Fun Coffee Shop Options: When you and your friend are in a Starbuck's (or Peet's, etc), have them try a hot Chai Tea Latte. This is a personal favorite of mine, especially on a cold day, because it's so warm and spicy. On a hot day, Green Tea Frappuccinos (AKA Freddos), or Iced Green Tea Lemonades are extremely refreshing, and lighter than an iced coffee. Even though these beverages aren't very healthy, at least your friend will get a taste of the delicious potentials of tea.

Enjoying Your Night Time Tea - Volume 1

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If you're like me, you drink tea at all hours of the day... right up until (and sometimes past) bedtime. This post is about one of those nights... I love to sit outside, while drinking my favorite cup (or pot in this case) of decaf or herbal, in the summer when the night bloomers are active and take in the aroma of night blooming jasmine... Some orchids, too, only emit their lovely fragrances at night. One of my favorite night time specticals is the opening of my night blooming Epiphylum cactus flowers.

It starts out like this...

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Sleek Steep Teapot Review

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Thanks to my good fortune in landing my first magazine job, I received an opportunity to review a truly unique and wonderful piece of tea equipment last week: California Tea House's Sleek Steep Teapot.

Sleek certainly is the word for it: It's a beautiful, elegant piece that matches any dining room or kitchen set. And how about ease of use, you wonder? It's incredibly simple: Add your loose leaf tea, add your water, let it steep for the recommended amount of time, and then the magic happens. Lift the two-cup teapot, place it over your mug or cup, and just lightly press a spot on the underside of the teapot: the tea strains itself right into your mug!

Teach your friends and family to enjoy tea!

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If your circle of family and friends is anything like mine, you are probably the only tea drinker. And there's nothing wrong with that; but, as those of us who indulge our tea practice regularly know, tea has a way of enriching one's life. It's natural to want to share the benefits once you discover them!

So, how do you encourage your friends and family to enjoy tea without being pushy or alienating them? Simple; enjoy tea with them.

Maximize the experience: make sure you choose a pretty setting for your tea-drinking escapade.

Sun tea fun tea

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Ah, late summer. Back to school sales and labor day weekend plans. Everyone tries to fit in the warm weather activities they have somehow neglected over the past few months. But there is still time to squeeze in a few more barbecues, ball games, and iced cold beverages such as...sun tea! Yes, summer provides days with the most hours of sunlight and therefore the most opportunities to brew your favorite tea utilizing those UV rays.

Tea with scones or biscuits, a cup of tea at night or in the morning? These are all the typical ways we think of enjoying our tea. I have to admit that a cup of tea is something I didn't really think of enjoying outside of my daily routine. That was until I started reading the great articles on here, written by Ani. The recipes of delicious cuisines made with the finest California Tea House Teas were delicious to read about. Then it hit me! Everyone has heard of the everyday ways to enjoy tea. How about something a little adventurous? So I started researching. How can I incorporate tea into other times? We often pair wine with food, why not tea?

Tea: It's What's for Dessert

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Are you trying to lose weight, maintain your weight, or lower your blood sugar or cholesterol? If so, then I'm sure that at one time or another you have tried to accomplish your goals by skipping dessert.

But really, who wants to skip a sweet ending to a long day of work or school?dessert tea

Fortunately, you can still have your sweet ending but spare yourself the calories and the guilt.

Is it too soon? Dreaming of Mulled Cider

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Last week, as my paddle sliced the inky lake water of Northern Minnesota, my mind wandered like a radio on scan. The beautiful surrounding set my wanderlusting mind on roam. On this particular day up North, I could feel the chill in the air and see the stirring wind sending waves and white caps to greet our lightweight canoe. Naturally, I tuned my mind to visions of fall: orange and red dotting the trees, football games, Halloween!, plus the perfect cozy sweater and a hot mug of cider. I would’ve traded my paddle for any of them.

It’s the dog days of summer, but I’m already anticipating the new season, new beginnings and a new take on a classic drink. I believe it’s in order.

Cider on Fire—as I like to call it, however, Mulled Cider works too.

How to select the perfect teapot

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All steps of the tea drinking process should be enjoyed as much as possible. To truly appreciate the process and experience of brewing and pouring tea, a tea aficionado must have an excellent teapot.

But with so many different types of teapots and stores to browse, how is one to choose? Let me be your guide!

First and foremost, realize that in your quest for the perfect teapot, looks are important. Pick a design, style, and color that you will want to look at for the next twenty years.

Teatime with friends

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Does tea bring you and your friends or loved ones together? Do you have any special places you like to go, or make teatime an event?

I do. I love to call up my friends and plan an evening at a local hookah parlor where they also have a wide selection of organic loose-leaf teas. I know smoking tobacco is not good for you, but we see no harm in sharing one hookah once in a while. Having Tea With Friends

My New Way to Drink Tea

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Some people just have strict daily routine. I know this, I have friends who are. They always go to the same bakery to get the same pastry; they remember to put everything to its original places. I am not one of them. I usually take risks, especially about food and drink. So when I come up with a really fantastic way of drinking tea, it’s cause for much celebration and publication on the Internet.

I just bought a big pack of hot chocolate, a box of Vanilla sleeptime herbal tea( I am a vanilla-smell savvy. This milky and sweet smell makes me addicted.) and a bottle of skim milk from the grocery.

Capture precious moments in nature during your child's tea party.Almost every person has heard of a children's tea party. The most famous tea party of them all belongs to a girl named Alice and her band of colorful friends. And many of us may even remember a tea party or two that holds a special place in our childhood memories.

Apricot Chai: Aphrodisiac Tea

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While I was eating a soft, ripe and juicy persimmon one morning, I understood why this fruit has been regarded as one of the various kinds of aphrodisiacs in history. It then occurred to me...why not an aphrodisiac in a cup? aphrodisiac tea

I was inspired to then research various fruits, spices, herbs and teas throughout history that have been recognized as having sensual qualities. The knowledge I gathered was fascinating, as I learned that lovers, poets, kings, mistresses and even doctors alike have been interested in this phenomena.

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.

How to Make Tea Popsicles

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Want ice cream but can't handle the calories? Tempted for a frozen yogurt but could do without the sugar? Feel healthy and refreshed with a non-fat, yet delicious dessert: tea popsicles! The secret to making tea popsicles is to simply double the ingredients. Here's how:

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Sun Tea - How to brew tea in the Sun

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I have a confession to make. Prior to meeting my southern husband, I have never heard of Sun Tea before. When he found this out, he had the most quizzical expression on his face as if he saw something in my teeth and couldn't decide whether to laugh or cringe.

brew sun teaAnd so I got the lecture. "Sun Tea", he proclaimed, "is part of what bonds children with their mothers, is what makes childhood memories everlasting, it's what no child should ever be deprived of, otherwise its a childhood not worth having..." OK, maybe I am exaggerating the lecture a little bit. Wink

Electric Honeydew Tea Recipe - Summer Cocktail

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These days, non-tea-drinkers categorize our fun loving group into two stereotypes: the zen and serene / the pretentious (and possibly British). I'm sure the health-conscious are thrown somewhere into the mix. ThisElectric Honeydew Tea Cocktail weekend, I vow to throw those preconceived notions to the wind and let lose with a high in tea, low in calorie, summer cocktail. The days are warm and the nights are long, what better time than now? Move over Long Island Ice Tea, there's an electrifying new antioxidant-rich drink on the block. Enjoy...

Fruit Tea Recipe - Summer Tea 3

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fruit tea recipeHere is a fantastic "dessert in a cup" recipe with our favorite tisane, Fruity Dream. This drink is also the best way to maintain your hard earned figure for the summer without sacrificing taste.

Ingredients (per serving):

1. One heaping tablespoon of Fruity Dream herbal tisane

2. One teaspoon of honey

3. One cup boiled filtered water

4. Ice, cubed or crushed

5. Whipping cream

Combine tea and honey in a teapot. Add filtered water, just below boiling temperature and steep for 4 minutes. Stir until honey dissolves. Strain brewed tea mixture over ice in a blender. Blend to your desired thickness. Serve with whipping cream on top or a grapefruit slice garnish to really live it up.

Blueberry Peony Iced Tea Recipe - Summer Tea 2

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Ice cream is one of the best and worst coolants of summer. Best because it tastes sooo good and worst because its sooo bad for you. Here's a delicious tisane recipe that's packed with healthy components like anti-oxidants and tannins that serves as a simply fantastic dessert substitute for a scorching hot day:

Teapots of Tomorrow

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The story of the teapots creation is nothing more than a convoluted mystery. Author Chou Kao-ch’I said that potters from outside of Shanghai became famous for teapots in the early sixteenth century. These were described as boccarro from the small, individual, yet large mouthed Portuguese pots....